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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321679946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321679949
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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High dynamic range (HDR) photography lets you capture the myriad colors and levels of light that you can see in the real world, and the results are amazing photographs that run the gamut from super real to surreal. Explore this fantastic realm of photography through the unique vision of renowned travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. In this book, Trey shares his phenomenal HDR photographs as well as all the backstory on the adventurous circumstances of their origin. He also reveals the techniques he used to get the final shot. The breathtaking images gracing these pages and the author’s real-world advice for capturing and manipulating images will inspire you to create your own HDR magic. So Trey also includes his simple and straightforward tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to make your own HDR photographs, whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or professional. A unique blend of practical and inspirational, this book features
  • a breathtaking collection of HDR photographs
  • engaging explanations of how the author achieved the image
  • expert tips for achieving stunning results (and avoiding common mistakes)
  • a foolproof HDR tutorial and software recommendations

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Trey Ratcliff is best known for his website, StuckInCustoms.com, which is the #1 travel photography blog in the world. His photography has been featured in numerous shows around the world, as well as on ABC, NBC, FOX, and the BBC. In addition, one of his HDR photographs was the first of its kind to hang in the Smithsonian. Having grown up blind in one eye, Trey has a unique way of navigating and capturing the world around him. That vision, combined with an educational background in computer science and mathematics, leads him in an algorithm-like approach to photography that can evoke palpable memories.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Simply Rachel on 27 Feb. 2010
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I should start by saying that I'm a huge fan of Trey's HDR work which is truly amazing (and probably some of the best HDR work I've seen) and that I'm also a subscriber to his 'stuck in customs' newsletters. I therefore couldn't wait for this book to come out, but have to say that I was a bit disappointed with it. Mainly for the following reason:

- the description says "He also reveals the techniques he used to get the final shot" - this is not strictly true. Yes he tells a nice little story about who he met when he took the shot or what he was eating, but I was looking for the processing techniques on the end results of each picture (presumably my interpretation of 'the techniques for the final shot' are different to the authors and maybe this is my mistake?). Being a photomatix/photoshop user myself It is clear to me that Trey's end results are more than just the use of photomatix and combining one of the original shots within photoshop to produce a pleasing result. He does put a brief mention at the end of the book that he often uses Lucis Pro or Topaz software to finish the shot but is sadly lacking in details about this, and I was hoping for some more detail on exactly what he did to produce the finished result. I guess he would say its a matter of time and how much you can add, but I can't help feeling that he doesn't want to give away all his trade secrets (which is perhaps understandable).

His HDR tutorial is very good (though other than the piece on double tone mapping) is really no different to his version on his website.

To sum up, I didn't feel I learnt any more about HDR photography than the on-line tutorials or information on his website - so to that end I personally was disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julian Heritage on 20 Mar. 2010
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Trey represents one of the best evangelists on the web in the HDR world. I've been following his blog on 'Stuck in Customs' for some time as I've been a fan of HDR since I first came across the technique. Trey's guide to producing HDR images is very popular and is included in the book. This is a great starting point for most people wanting to get into HDR, but as it's also available on Trey's website it's not reason enough to purchase the book. Basically the majority of the book breaks down into a showcase of Trey's work. Each image is accompanied by text that provides a story behind the image. Although there is some technical info, it's not really enough for my liking.
My biggest grip is with some of the images themselves. HDR represents an art form, so our appreciation of these works will appeal to each of us differently. For me some of the images are just not that impressive. I find some of them garish and over processed.
But I still like this book and I like Trey and what he has done for HDR. I would refer to this book as more of a HDR coffee table book, rather than out and out technical reference on HDR (for that I prefer Nightingale's, Practical HDR guide).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Jan. 2010
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Presents HDR very clearly and truly inspires with a bookful of magnificent images presented wonderfully. Fires the imagination through using the HDR technique in many different situations from gorgeous landscapes to capturing the glorious spirit of the inside of cathedrals or the Taj Mahal - spiritual or not you cant but be awestruck by what Trey captures in his images. And the big thrill is that by following his step-by-step instructions we can do it too! You can see his images for yourselves online at his stuckincustoms blog. Check it out then try to stop yourselves from buying this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bknewhaven on 26 Feb. 2010
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Although I have been taking photos for most of my life, I had not come across HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography before. Like many people I was often disappointed that my photos didn't look like the scene as I remembered it, now I have a way to achieve what I saw. I have never been impressed when this technique when is applied too strongly, but used to enhance your images to show what your eyes could see is amazing. The small tutorial tells you all you need to know to achieve this, plus Trey reviews a series of software that you will need to create HRD images. A most helpful book if you want to find out what HDR is all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil UK on 29 Mar. 2010
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Initially I was unsure about this book not least because I find Trey Ratcliff's approach to HDR a bit heavy handed. But on reading it, it really is rather good. The style of the images does grow on you and there is no debating that he has his own very individual style. Also a lot of his philosophical ramblings are quite insightful and can make you think about things in a rather different light, if you'll excuse the pun.

All in all a book that is worth reading and some of the pictures, once you've realigned your preconceptions, are amazing too.
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