The Anti-HDR HDR Photography Book contains everything you'll need to know in order to get the best results from your High Dynamic Range images. Designed for those who want to extend the dynamic range in their work, but are frustrated by over-processed and hyper-saturated images, this book proves that HDR techniques are capable of producing photographs that are both stunning and realistic.
In addition to helping you choose the right equipment and settings to optimize your shoot for HDR, the book explains how to use post-processing software to create natural-looking photographs, blend source images with layer masks, and establish an efficient workflow. By teaching you to effectively use all the most important tools of HDR, it will expand the scope of your portfolio and allow you to create images that you never thought were possible.
Key features include:
What to look for when choosing a camera for HDR
Description of gear that is important to the HDR photographer
How to use the HDR software applications Photomatix and SNS-HDR Pro to achieve natural-looking results
Discussion of blending multiple source images using simple masks and techniques
An in-depth examination of the use of Luminance Masks for blending and editing bracketed images to a photorealistic composite
Guide to workflow, from organizing images on the computer to pre-merge editing of RAW files using both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge
The use of black-and-white in HDR and image-blending, including ways to convert color images to black-and-white
Robert Fisher is a commercial photographer and freelance writer based just outside of Toronto, Canada. His love of photography began over 15 years ago when he was first exposed to the impressionistic style. As a writer, he has traveled the world to cover topics ranging from politics to concussions, and as a photographer he has exhibited his work in a number of shows and galleries. He is the author of The Digital Zone System: Taking Control from Capture to Print and The Mobile Photographer: A Guide to Using Android (R) Phones, Tablets and Apps in a Photography Workflow.
Gear Choosing a Camera Sensor Size Mirrorless or SLR Lenses To Cable or Not to Cable? Do You Have Support? Tripod Legs Tripod Heads Memory Cards Filters The Fundamentals - Exposure & Composition Exposure and Metering Metering Exposure & The Triumvirate Shutter Speed Aperture ISO Setting Composition Rule of Thirds Golden Section Leading Lines & S-Curves Time to Take Some Pictures? Yield Not to Temptation (AKA, Because I Can) What to Bracket How Many to Bracket Using HDR Software Manual Blending Can I Use My Segmented Meter? What About ETTR? Do I Have to Bracket? Organization & Prep - PreBlend Work Image Organization Using Lightroom & Bridge Importing Using Lightroom Importing Using Bridge Backing Up Your Work Prepping Your Files for Blending Prepping for Blending in HDR Software In Lightroom In Bridge Blending Using Photomatix & SNS-HDR Photomatix Tonemapping Details Enhancer Contrast Optimizer Exposure Fusion SNS-HDR Pro Tonemapping Masking Manual Blending Using Simple Masks Preparation of Images for Manual Blending Basic Panel (Tab in Camera Raw) Curves HSL/Grayscale Blending with Simple Layer Masks Advanced Blending Using Luminance Masks Creating Luminance Masks Blending with Luminance Masks Final Tweaking of Merged & Tonemapped Images Sharpening Capture Sharpening Creative Sharpening Output Sharpening Output Sharpening in Lightroom Output Sharpening in Photoshop Final Editing Converting to Black & White Converting Source Images to Black-and-White Converting in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw Merging in Photomatix Blending in SNS-HDR Converting to Black-and-White After Blending Using Snapshots