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Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images

Today we have 5 videos and 5 books that will help you get started with HDR. For those unfamiliar with the term HDR. HDR or HDRI allows a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods.

This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.

According to Wikipedia:

“High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of methods used in imaging and photography to capture a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.

HDR methods provide higher dynamic range from the imaging process. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

HDR is also commonly used to refer to display of images derived from HDR imaging in a way that exaggerates contrast for artistic effect. The two main sources of HDR images are computer renderings and merging of multiple low-dynamic-range (LDR) or standard-dynamic-range (SDR) photographs. HDR images can also be acquired using special image sensors, like oversampled binary image sensorTone mapping methods, which reduce overall contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied to produce images with preserved or exaggerated local contrast for artistic effect.”

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In this round up will see some videos with tips on capturing HDR images with your DSLR camera, but also how to create them in Photoshop using Merge to HDR pro feature, or fake them in Photoshop using HDR toning!

So lets get started!

HDR Photography with Scott Kelby on Weekly Photo Tips

What better way to start it than with the Photoshop God himself, Scott Kelby. This week Scott gives us a great tip on HDR photography. While Scott was visiting Maine we took him on a tour of the mill complex where our studio is located as well as a drive along the coast of Maine and think we gave him just what he was looking for when it comes to HDR photography.

Secrets of Amazing HDR Photography

How to take High Dynamic Range Photos, or HDR, like the pros. This technique creates stunning photos by combining three or more pictures of the same subject, but at different exposures. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make gorgeous photos, we show you how in this HDR tutorial.

Shooting for HDR

How toI set up my camera to capture the necessary images to create HDR photographs.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 – Merge to HDR Pro

In this tutorial, A.J. covers the changes made to the Merge to HDR command from Photoshop CS4 to CS5.

Adding an HDR Toning Effect

Tim Grey demonstrates how a high dynamic range (HDR) image is normally created from multiple exposures, but using Photoshop’s HDR Toning effect lets you simulate this effect in a single image.

Hope you enjoyed this round up of videos & feel free to share your HDR tips and tricks! See you next time!

Books about HDR

Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range PhotographyLearn to shoot and create awesome HDR images

Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    Since the days of the first photographs, artists have used various techniques to extend the range of lights and darks in their photos. Photographic masters such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston spent countless hours burning and dodging their prints to create images with extended dynamic range.

With the advent of digital photography, new horizons in extending dynamic range are possible. HDR techniques now make it easy to extend the dynamic range of an image well beyond the capability of the human eye.

In Creating HDR Photos, bestselling author Harold Davis covers the complete HDR workflow, from choosing the subjects that work best for HDR through processing RAW files to unlock the dynamic power of HDR. You’ll learn how to photograph multiple exposures and blend them into a single HDR image using various software programs. Best of all, you will find out how to control the style of your HDR images, from subtle to hyper-real, using a range of photographic and post-processing techniques.

Packed with stunning image examples, Creating HDR Photos brings this essential digital technique within every photographer’s grasp.

The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros’ Hottest Post-Processing TechniquesLearn to shoot and create awesome HDR images
Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    When it comes to HDR, only three key ingredients are needed: hardware, software, and post-processing technique. Hardware is simple—there are only a few things you need to set up and shoot an HDR series. Software is vastly improved, making it easier for anyone to create an HDR image. The hard part is the post-processing technique. There are only two options: hours and hours of experimentation or The HDR Book.

Featuring real-world interviews with passionate HDR photographers, The HDR Book, by Rafael “RC” Concepcion, is more than a how-to and different from any other HDR book out there. While other books on HDR tend to lean toward the esoteric or formulaic, this book takes another approach. It’s a complete and total HDR workshop that teaches you the one thing that most other books miss– once you’ve tone mapped your image with HDR software, you’re still not finished.

Within the pages of this book, you’ll find 10 projects shot with everything from a point-and-shoot to a 37-megapixel, medium-format camera. The projects are designed to show you how the subtle differences in each scenario (lighting, subject, environment, etc.) dictate the post-processing needed to achieve one of the many final looks covered. You’ll learn not only the different tone map settings RC used, but you’ll also learn the final steps taken in Photoshop to complete each image. Then, you’ll recreate these looks your self using the exact same RAW files that RC used! Plus, you get four bonus images to play with and create your own look. The end result: a more intrinsic understanding of the nuances of HDR that will help you create the images you’ve always wanted.

Best of all, The HDR Book is written using the three top HDR processing programs in the industry today: Photoshop’s HDR Pro, Photomatix Pro, and HDR Efex Pro. No matter which program you use, you’ll be able to follow along and create your own stunning looks in no time.

Practical HDR: A complete guide to creating High Dynamic Range images with your Digital SLR (Handbook of the Philosophy of Science)Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images
Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    HDR is both a technical solution to the limitations of digital camera sensors, and a creative tool that can give any image much more impact – but it is not without its pitfalls, and it’s essential to understand these if you want to take full advantage of this innovative technique. The second edition of David Nightingale’s successful Practical HDR is completely updated with the latest techniques and technologies in HDR. Practical HDR provides you with an abundance of step-by-step examples that will quickly make you an expert on the theory and practice of shooting and processing HDR images, allowing you to get the best possible results every time.

As well as practical advice on shooting and processing, the book also contains a global showcase of inspirational HDR images – you will quickly find that HDR offers unparralleled opportunities for indulging your creative instincts, from photo-realistic to hyper-realism.

The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG ArtistsLearn to shoot and create awesome HDR images
Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    In 2007, The HDRI Handbook was the first book to present this revolutionary new field to a larger audience. These days HDRI is a fully mature technology available to everyone. Real estate and landscape photographers have adopted it as part of their regular workflow, it has become one of the hottest trends for ambitious amateurs and creative professionals alike, and the modern movie industry would be completely dysfunctional without it.

Now The HDRI Handbook 2.0 redefines its own gold standard. It has been completely rewritten and is packed with practical hints and tips, background knowledge, reference tools, breathtaking artist portfolios, and inspiring interviews. The book includes dozens of new step-by-step tutorials. Beginners will get a methodically solid introduction and advanced readers will be able to refine their technique to perfection.

Topics include: – Understanding the foundation of HDRI – HDR software comparisons and evaluations – Capturing HDR images: today and tomorrow – Tonemapping for creating superior prints – HDR image processing and compositing – Shooting and stitching HDR panoramas – Image-based lighting and CG rendering

Monochromatic HDR Photography: Shooting and Processing Black & White High Dynamic Range PhotosLearn to shoot and create awesome HDR images
Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    Learn to shoot and create awesome HDR images    Monochromatic HDR Photography is the first book intended to show photographers how to work at the intersection of two up-and-coming trends that are at the forefront of the digital revolution: Black & White and High Dynamic Range imaging.

The book explains techniques for extending dynamic range, monochromatic conversion methods and best practices where the two technologies intersect. Since successful digital monochromatic image creation generally requires using the color information inherent in RAW exposures, most case studies will be presented in full color.

In addition, Monochromatic HDR Photography provides extensive coverage of the creative vision required to successfully create monochromatic HDR images and the workflow necessary to make art prints from this specialized image making technique.

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