High Dynamic Range Photography

Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography

Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography

I have been exploring the use of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography for about a year now and while I haven’t actually produced anything of value I still am fascinated by the results that one can achieve. What I have learned is that producing amazing photographs with HDR is a lot more difficult than it appears. It seems that the post production end of the photograph is as difficult if not more difficult than the actual shooting, not surprising.

Ferrell McCollough has written a fabulous book describing how he performs magic on so many of his images. For those not familiar with his work, take a look at his web site Before the Coffee. The web site includes many photos and some excellent tutorials on technique and software. Ferrell’s work is true art (my interpretation, yours may be different!), not the oversaturated gaudy photos that HDR often produces.

The book is surprisingly affordable and if you are excited about this new form of photography is a must read!

Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography (A Lark Photography Book)

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3 Responses to “High Dynamic Range Photography”

  1. Benjamin Madison says:

    I love this stuff (probably too much). It’s developing so fast though that the books are out of date almost before they’re printed. I use Photomatix but find it difficult to control.

  2. kevin says:

    Hi Benjamin,

    I agree about the development pace, mind you, digital photography and electronics tend to be like this.

    I have used the demo version of Photomatix and was impressed. Another option for anyone wanting to try HDR is Picturenaut, an open source program with lots of capability.

  3. Lisa's Chaos says:

    My husband loves to experiment with HDR. Not sure if he has that book, maybe it’s a good birthday present.
    .-= Lisa’s Chaos´s last blog ..Magic Falls Whitewater Rafting =-.

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