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"Creating HDR Photos (Amphoto Books) is a meticulously detailed HDR tutorial. It's also a guide to discovering the moments when taking more creative license with HDR might be appropriate. Davis is ... a widely respected, award-winning creative artist; parts of his book dissect the elaborate workflow he taps for his own best-known imagery. Fortunately, Creating HDR Photos is masterfully organized to acquaint even beginners ... with this fascinating subset of our craft."---Rangefinder Magazine

About the Author

HAROLD DAVIS is an award-winning professional photographer and the author of many bestselling books on photography and image processing. His images are widely collected and commissioned, and his popular photo workshops are often sold out. Learn more about Harold and his photography at www.photoblog2.com. Harold lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Phyllis, and four children.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823085864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823085866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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For Harold Davis, a typical day's (or night's) work might involve photographing star trails from the top of Half Dome, investigating the close-up patterns of early morning dew drops with his camera, or finding a new location for photographing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley),Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press) and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O'Reilly). Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com.

Harold is a popular presenter on digital photography topics. His workshops are often sold out.

Harold is well known for his night photography and experimental ultra-long exposure techniques, use of vibrant, saturated colors in landscape compositions, and beautiful creative floral imagery. He is inspired by the flowers in his garden, hiking in the wilderness, and the work of great artists and photographers including M.C. Escher, Monet, van Gogh and Edward Weston.

Harold lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Phyllis Davis, a graphic designer and writer who frequently collaborates with Harold on book projects. They have four children.

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Creating HDR Photos by Harold Davis

Disclaimers: I did not buy this book, I was given a copy by the publisher to review. I have bought a number of books by Harold Davis in the past and have liked them. I have a several other books on HDR and have attended a number of seminars on HDR. I mostly use HDRsoft's Photomatix Pro for my HDR photos. I have been lucky enough to attend several events run by Harold Davis and I have signed up for more.

The subtitle claims that this book is: "The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography" and it is certainly covers more different methods to obtain high dynamic range photos than any other book I have seen. No one book can cover everything in a field, but this book covers it better than any of the others I am aware of.

If you consider HDR as a method to avoid over and under-exposing different parts of the image, or to collapse the actual dynamic range of the image to something that can be printed or electronically viewed, then this book covers HDR from 1855(!!), through the Ansel Adams Zone System, dodging and burning prints, and into the modern digital images with RAW, TIFF and JPEG workflows. The main tools are covered with detailed screen shoots. Lesser methods are mentioned. Important is the discussion of which tool might be best under which circumstances. Also covered are problems and solutions before the shoot, during the shoot, and after. Extensions beyond simple HDR include HDR panoramas, multi-HDR processing, what to do with moving objects, etc. Harold also shows that HDR can do much more than create "grunge" photos. Non-grunge HDR examples in the book include flowers, glamour, and more.
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I've spent the last weekend reading this new book by Harold Davis and I must say that he taught me a thing or two that I didn't know - and I was an early practictioner of high dynamic range imagery when it first broke on the scene years ago.

In fact, when I lead a photo tour these days - one of the first things that I'm asked is if there is a good book on HDR that I would recommend. Until recently, I didn't have one that I felt hit the mark. Now I do.

This book.


Because Mr. Davis does so many things "right" in this expertly written text. He explains how HDR works without a lot of technical mumbo jumbo. He talks about all the various ways images can be blended. He gives examples of before and after photos using the various HDR techniques. In fact, his chapter on getting the entire dynamic range and his twelve steps for shooting a full dynamic range are worth the price of the book alone. Too often photographers return home from a trip and are distressed that their images don't have the pop that they saw with their naked eyes. By using the advice in this fine book, they won't have that problem in the future.

He also has embedded several case studies. My favorite is a case study on page 106 that explains a step by step process for utilizing Lightroom to craft a piece of photography that becomes photo art. Each step fully explained and shown visually, and there's no better way to "see" what magic can occur when HDR is done in a similar fashion.

I was also pleased to see that he discusses things like the use of filters within an HDR workflow.

My guess is that this book will become a go to resource for photographers worldwide. If you are interested in exploring how HDR can expand your photographer's toolkit, then this is the book for you.

Highly recommended!
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Extending the range of light and dark areas in an image has been a challenge to photographers for ages. Any technique used to accomplish this is considered HDR (high dynamic range) photography. In this book Harold Davis shows us that this task can run the gamut from in camera filtration and manipulation to digital darkroom processing and sometimes both.

Mr. Davis takes us through the myriad of automated workflow software available today such as PhotoMatix, NIK HDR Efex Pro and Photoshop HDR Pro. He also guides us through the selection process as to which methods produce the intended results as well.
Helpful screen shots and entertaining stories of why and how the striking images were made abound.

The case studies: "Jesse" and "Forest Sonata" are particularly useful. These illustrate Multi-RAW processing using ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and/or Lightroom then finishing in Photoshop. This workflow permits processing three tonal versions of the same image (light-mid-dark) to achieve a HDR image. Photographers will find this extremely valuable since they can either shoot with this workflow in mind or research their RAW files and locate single captures that would benefit from an extension of tonal range. This process facilitates producing a better version of your intended vision. These tutorials alone are worth the price of the book.

I have been a fan of Harold Davis art for many years. His compelling flower and landscape images immediately come to mind, however he is clearly accomplished in all facets of photography as so beautifully revealed here. Equaling his art, is his ability to convey to others, the achievement of those sometimes tedious processes which he successfully communicates in an engaging manner. Whether you are a neophyte or experienced HDR shooter, there is something of value in "Creating HDR Photos" for you. This is a definite 'must have' for your photographic library.
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