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A World in HDR [Paperback]

by Trey Ratcliff
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Book Description

December 13, 2009 0321679946 978-0321679949 1
High dynamic range (HDR) photography lets you capture the myriad colors and levels of light that you can see in the real world, and the results are amazing photographs that run the gamut from super real to surreal. Explore this fantastic realm of photography through the unique vision of renowned travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. In this book, Trey shares his phenomenal HDR photographs as well as all the backstory on the adventurous circumstances of their origin. He also reveals the techniques he used to get the final shot. The breathtaking images gracing these pages and the author’s real-world advice for capturing and manipulating images will inspire you to create your own HDR magic. So Trey also includes his simple and straightforward tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to make your own HDR photographs, whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or professional. A unique blend of practical and inspirational, this book features
  • a breathtaking collection of HDR photographs
  • engaging explanations of how the author achieved the image
  • expert tips for achieving stunning results (and avoiding common mistakes)
  • a foolproof HDR tutorial and software recommendations

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About the Author

Trey Ratcliff is best known for his website, StuckInCustoms.com, which is the #1 travel photography blog in the world. His photography has been featured in numerous shows around the world, as well as on ABC, NBC, FOX, and the BBC. In addition, one of his HDR photographs was the first of its kind to hang in the Smithsonian. Having grown up blind in one eye, Trey has a unique way of navigating and capturing the world around him. That vision, combined with an educational background in computer science and mathematics, leads him in an algorithm-like approach to photography that can evoke palpable memories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (December 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321679946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321679949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More artsy than technical December 23, 2009
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Trey Ratcliff, aka StuckInCustoms, finally released his new book, "A World In HDR". Ever since he announced that he was writing a book, I couldn't wait to get it. I've been following Trey on his website and drooling over some of his wonderful images he's taken during his travels for quite a while now. I even use some of the techniques he discusses in his tutorial, which has really helped my processing. He's a big influence on my work. I think I signed up to get it on Amazon back in August. It finally came on Friday last week and I just finished reading it a day or two ago. Now take what I'm about to say with a grain of salt. This is my first book review and I still consider myself an intermediate photographer. With all of that said, here's what I think:

Overall, I'm a little disappointed. Maybe my expectations were way too high, but I really don't think so.

The book starts out with a chapter on what High Dynamic Range photography is and how your brain interprets light. He explains that the eye darts around quickly, taking in different levels of light and how your brain puts the different light levels together in a sort of snapshot, giving you a vision of the scenery around you that a normal camera cannot possibly express in one snap of the shutter. The next chapter quickly explains how art forms evolve, such as music, and how HDR is evolving photography. In these two chapters, he uses words such as "synethesia" and "eleemosynary" and speaks about art quite well, but that's not for my taste. I'm pretty simple and just want to get to the meat and potatoes of how to do it. Time to break out the dictionary. He then very quickly begins his showcase of amazing images and where he was when he took them.

The photography is stunning to say the least.
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed in this book. Misleading January 17, 2010
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If ever there was a reason to go check a book out in person before you buy, this is it. I waited for this book to come out. This was my one and only Christmas gift this year. Heaven knows how much Trey has hyped it on his website, Flickr, FB and Twitter. The cover shows a "seal" on the top left that says "Featuring The Award-Winning Exclusive HDR TUTORIAL" WOW!! It HAS to be good right? Wrong.

First off, it's 210 pages long. Of those 210 pages, roughly 18 relate to this "Award Winning HDR Tutorial." That leaves the rest for him to show us his "home movies" of his greatest shots (just ask him). Like someone else mentioned, most of these shots are already on his website, in larger than life sizes. Hey, I admire a healthy ego, but this book is kind of over the top for me.

Instead of showing HOW he did each of the 100+ pages of HDR photos that we are treated to, he tells us about getting up on catwalks and how popular he is and all the great places he's been to. Super..

Which takes us to the Tutorial itself. Wow, not really helpful. Think of someone who is so impressed with his HDR work, that he doesn't REALLY want anyone else to copy him.. Telling others "how to" do HDR photos.. That pretty much sums it up.

Tips like: "Smoothing. This important slider affects the HDRness of the shot. The more you move it to the left, the more psychedelic your imagine will be." Thanks Trey..

On shooting your HDR sunset photo to follow along with in this award winning tutorial. Does he also show a sunset photo just for kicks? Or offer a download for photos so you can follow along?? Nope.. He shows us one of his favorite Times Square photos. How does this relate to the sunset we are supposed to be doing? It's doesn't.

So, take some pictures already!!
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadn't ordered book January 11, 2010
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I just received Treys new HDR book. I was very disappointed. I thought the book was a technical how-to. I love his HDR Photos and regularly visit his web site. His book is a mostly a collection of his photographs with very little info on how to shot HDR photos.
I can see his work on his web site and don't need his book.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I've got High Dynamic Resentment January 20, 2010
Let's be clear, this is about the book, not necessarily about the guy. He's seems very nice in his videos online. However, how nice could he be if he just took my money and did not deliver what is promised. O.K. let me use his description.

"A unique blend of practical and inspirational, this book features

* a breathtaking collection of HDR photographs
* engaging explanations of how the author achieved the image
* expert tips for achieving stunning results (and avoiding common mistakes)
* a foolproof HDR tutorial and software recommendations"

Unique blend? I guess it is unique when the "inspiration" is 90% and the "Practical" is 10%. Pretty much the exact opposite of what it seems everyone was expecting.

Yes it is a nice collection of HDR Photographs, beautifully printed. Breathtaking? That is subjective but seems a little over-hyped.

"Engaging explanations of how the author achieved the image". I would classify them as stories, peppered with his personal philosophy - but not engaging explanations of anything to do with how the image was achieved.

"Expert Tips"? Maybe a few. But so many tips seemed to be missing that I got more and more disappointed as I went through the book.

Wow, "a foolproof HDR Tutorial". Well, I own Photomatrix and that contains a foolproof tutorial. Trey is happy to say this in describing the sliders in Photomatix (his favorite HDR program) And after giving a brief description of 6 of the main adjustment sliders - and I mean "brief". He says " What about the other sliders? They might be useful in thier own way, but I honestly don't use them much." Well, I guess no one else will need to either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning!
If you are interested in HDR photography at all it will suck you in and give you the knowledge required to get started. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Kuony
3.0 out of 5 stars Just HDR Photos
May be I just want more than just HDR Images, for sure all the images from this book were great HDR images
but I think I want more than just the images.
Published 12 months ago by David Geoffrey Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great photos, a bit outdated now
Cool HDR pictures that gives full color to the world. I bought it a few years ago, but now HDR has lost its aura, especially since so many people made real s*** of it.
Published 12 months ago by AntoineWojdyla
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Wonderful
Trey really has put forth a very understandable manual for HDR. It helped me to get a great start on the process and produce some really awesome results. Thanks Trey.
Published 14 months ago by Sharon Glatthorn
2.0 out of 5 stars SORRY TREY...
Published 15 months ago by ahasay
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book.
This is a gorgeous book. All of the pictures are amazing, and Trey's comments about each picture make them even better. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Aaron Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Beyond My Expectations
I've read plenty of other material on HDR but I wasn't disappointed with this. I continued to learn more and to broaden my interpretations of how to use HDR and how far to go with... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Les Stockton
2.0 out of 5 stars Just pretty pictures
A book of pretty pictures, little to no instruction but for a small section at the back. It's more of a "See my work" book, and I can't see a reason to own it unless you want to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul S
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for quick reference
I hadn't heard of Trey till someone at work mentioned his website, I liked his photos, saw he had a book & bought it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by K. McMillan
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
I came across this book at the library. I was familiar with the author's Stuck In Customs blog, so I thought it would be a decent book. It was just OK. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Adam J. Brown
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