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Old 19-05-2010, 21:52   #1 (permalink)
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HDR Tutorial Book

Hi,

Am looking to try my hand at HDR, my attempts so far are not bad but don't have that HDR tonemapping (not overdone) feel to them. Can anyone recommend a tutorial book?

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Re: HDR Tutorial Book

How is this for starters?

http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...ing-18219.html
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I don't know of a book to recommend but I've found the tutorial that Graham linked to and some articles on StuckinCustoms to be good in the past too.

HDR Tutorial | High Dynamic Range Tutorial
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"Tony Sweet" has a DVD about taking exposures and using photomatix for post processing. Google tony sweet hdr dvd.
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I can recommend High Dynamic Range by Ferrel McCollough; a good price on Amazon.

Once you create a 32 bit HDR image, you need to map it to 16 or 8 bit to display or print. There are two main methods global and local tone mapping. Global tonemapping compresses the HDR by squeezing the whole tonal range. While this fits the lightest and darkest areas into a usable range mid tones can look rather flat and unnatural. This is where local tonemapping takes effect by selecting areas of an image of a similar tonal range and increasing the local contrast. Software like Photomatix and the new facility in PS CS5 uses a combination of global and local tonemapping. This is essential to produce a reasonably natural looking result. Many photographers increase the effects of local tonemapping and saturation to produce a more dramatic effect but you do not have to do this. It does call for careful judgement as to what is realistic and what is overdone but sometimes "overdone" is intended to create a sureal image.
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Thank you all very much for taking the trouble to reply. Really appreciate it and looking forward to trying it out
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