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In Beginning HDR Photography from Cengage you will learn how to merge several difFerent photos of varying exposure into one image using High Dynamic Range technology. Creating an HDR photo requires specific camera settings and equipment, and the use of specialized computer software after the shoot. Covering everything from choosing equipment to final image tweaking, this book includes complete, step-by-step instructions for creating images using four popular HDR platforms. You'll learn HDR-specific secrets for shooting, post-processing, and printing. Written in clear, easy-to-understand language, Beginning HDR Photography will teach you the terms and techniques you'll need to know and show you how to create unique and compelling HDR photos to share with your friends and family, whether as prints or via social networks, photo hosting sites, blogs, and websites.
Features specific advice on camera and equipment setup for optimal HDR results.
Includes step-by-step instructions for creating HDR images using four popular computer programs.
Includes a section on printing HDR images.
About the Author
Matthew Bamberg, author of many digital photography books, is a Professor of Education at National University and currently teaches Beginning HDR Photography at the University of California Riverside. Bamberg's experience with cameras began in 1998, when he started shooting modern architecture with film and later shooting a variety of subjects in digital format. His catalog includes thousands of photographs from his travels in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Morocco, Russia, the Baltic states, and countries throughout Europe. Matthew is the author of more than ten books, including Beginning HDR Photography, Digital Art Photography for Dummies, 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco, New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography, and the 101 Quick and Easy book series, which includes 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs, 101 Quick and Easy Secrets for Using Your Digital Photographs, and 101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century.
Table of Contents
PART I: WHAT IS HDR 1. Dynamic Range Defined 2. Dynamic Range Photography History 3. Dynamic Range in Digital Photography 4. HDR Photograph Attributes (Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tonality, Saturation) 5. Disadvantages of HDR (Use Only Static Subjects, Longer Post Processing) PART II: CAMERAS AND ACCESSORIES FOR SHOOTING HDR 6. Types of Cameras (dSLR, Point-and-Shoot, Camera Phones) 6. Camera Sensor Size Requirements 7. Camera Resolution 8. Point-and-Shoot Cameras 9. Lenses 10. Tripods and Monopods 11. Cable Release PART III: IN THE FIELD 12. Setting Up 13. Weather Factors 14. Camera Angles 15. Camera Orientation 16. Landscapes Day 17. Landscapes Night 18. Close-ups 19. Shade and Shadows PART IV: CAMERA SETTINGS 20. Aperture Priority Mode 21. Shutter Priority Mode 22. Apertures for Landscapes 23. Manual Mode 24. ISO Speeds 25. Exposure Bracketing Part V: Exposure Compensation 26. What is Exposure Compensation? 27. None (HDR from One Raw Photo) 28. Three, Five, Seven Stops PART VI: POSTPROCESSING (STEP BY STEP FOR EACH PLATFORM) 29. File Types (32 bit, 16 bit, 8 bit, TIFF, Raw, JPEG) 30. Color (RGB, Lab, Black and White, Sepia) 31. Photoshop CS 5 (HDR Pro and Working with Settings) 32. Photoshop Other Versions 33. Photoshop Elements 34. Gimp 35. Photomatrix 36. Cleaning-up Image PART VII: EXPERIMENTING WITH HDR 37. Moving Subjects 38. Black and White and Sepia Tones 39. Flash PART VIII: PRINTING HDR PHOTOS 40. Printers 41. Workflow 42. Paper and Ink Appendix