A World in HDR (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 3 Dec 2009
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From the Back Cover
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
About the Author
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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All in all a book that is worth reading and some of the pictures, once you've realigned your preconceptions, are amazing too.
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).
- 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. However it is well written, has some very pleasing photos and if you are new to HDR photography or the type of person that likes to leaf through a book whilst relaxing on the sofa (rather than web-surfing), then I don't think you would go wrong with this book. If like me you're already familiar with Trey's website you might end up feeling a little cheated - though I admit it makes a nice coffee table book.
But this book is Brilliant. I can now accomplish HDR photos to be proud of.
I can't fault this book. It is clear, well written and easy to understand.
I highly recommend it. I would give this book 6 stars. It accomplished teaching me and inspiring me to achieve.