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High Dynamic Range Imaging, Second Edition: Acquisition, Display, and Image-Based Lighting Hardcover – June 8, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0123749147 ISBN-10: 012374914X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 2 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012374914X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123749147
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With the mainstream introduction of affordable LED HDTVs and computer monitors, the principles of high dynamic range imaging have gone from an academic research topic to essential knowledge. For anyone involved in software or hardware development for computer games and entertainment video, this second edition of High Dynamic Range Imaging offers everything you need and more. Highly recommended."

-Ian Ashdown, President, byHeart Consultants Limited

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This landmark book is the first to describe HDRI technology in its entirety and covers a wide-range of topics, from capture devices to tone reproduction and image-based lighting. The techniques described enable you to produce images that have a dynamic range much closer to that found in the real world, leading to an unparalleled visual experience. As both an introduction to the field and an authoritative technical reference, it is essential to anyone working with images, whether in computer graphics, film, video, photography, or lighting design.


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I'll give this book 5 stars . . . because it is definitive source material on this topic, quite well presented.
T.M. Reader
The six authors of this book--essentially a college textbook on digital imaging--have collected information that covers the gamut of high dynamic range.
Personne
Rather, this book details the concepts and applicaition of HDR technology, dealing with math and engineering behind HDR imaging.
Matt Hausig

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2010
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From the other reviews about this book that came about via Amazon's Vine program, you might infer a possible problem when the book is a deeply technical exposition. Frankly, it was over the heads of several reviewers, several of whom admitted as much. So let's see what I can contribute.

The subject of High Dynamic Range imaging exists mostly because of a simple observation. When you look with your eyes at a natural scene, typically outdoors in daytime, the dynamic range of the image can vary up to 5 orders of magnitude in intensity. But when the scene is captured and then displayed, the output page or screen can often only show 2 orders of magnitude. The latter is called Low Dynamic Range imaging. The conventional 24 bit RGB representation, which allocates 8 bits each to red, green and blue, is for LDR. The 8 bits in each colour channel is that 2 orders of magnitude variation.

The book also explains clearly why 24 bit RGB is really effectively 8 bits or 2 orders of magnitude range. You might think naively that we have 24 bits of variation. But the text takes an example image, of an outdoors scene, and does scatterplots of red, green and blue pixel intensities against each other. They are strongly correlated. Which makes sense, when you realise that a pixel that is bright in red is often also bright in green and blue. The practical effect is that the information content in 24 bit pixels is actually much less than 24 bits. Which also explains why a mapping from RGB to other colour spaces that use 1 luminance channel and 2 chromatic channels is often performed. The latter 2 channels have much less information and so can be better compressed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eric talerico VINE VOICE on December 2, 2010
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I've been working with HDR Photography for a few years now and read many books on the topic. This is the first one I've found that really goes into the deeper technical details behind this new process. If you are looking for an easy instructional overview, this book isn't for you! There aren't any magic recipes presented to help you make a good photograph. If you are interested in the science and mathematics that make the whole process possible, and a good solid grounding in the histories of the process, this book may be just what you are looking for. A must for inclusion as a textbook for photography professionals and classes on the process. High Dynamic Range Imaging, Second Edition: Acquisition, Display, and Image-Based Lighting
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hausig VINE VOICE on September 14, 2010
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The description of this reference states that it covers HDR imaging technology and it should be clear that this is quite different from HDR photography. Rather, this book details the concepts and applicaition of HDR technology, dealing with math and engineering behind HDR imaging.

As a reference, it was quite informative and comprehensive, starting from basics and going on to cover a range of technologies. A minor quibble is the use of pictures within the book. The pictures were often fairly small, particularly for comparisons and larger pictures would have been far more effective at showing distinctions.
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By K. Marshall on January 7, 2013
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By far the most comprehensive book covering HDR topics. In my opinion the authors of this book represent a dream team in HDR expertise! I believe this book is a must if you are interested developing HDR applications.
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My personal opinion is that every single review who downgraded this book because it was 'too high techy' or 'too mathematical' for them should have their review removed.

This is not a book for photography. It's a Morgan Kaufmann book -- expect there it to be geared toward developers and, in this case, graphical engineers.

I'm not a graphical engineer myself but I've spent some time looking into Ogre 3d and other engines which support HDR effects and this book helped me grasp some of the mathematical foundations geared toward how it works. Am I an expert after reading it? No. But I think given enough practical use of the book one could learn the foundations and have a good grasp of how it works. You should expect to have some knowledge of rendering and the mathematical aspects to it if you want to get the most out of this book.

Regardless the book serves its purpose and is well worth the small cost associated with it (relative to other books in the graphical rendering field).
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I read some of the previous reviews from people who say this book is too academic for photographers. After reading this book, I totally disagree with that viewpoint. It depends if you are a professional photographer, or just an amateur. For example if you're a serious musician, you learn about music theory and even some of the basic physics of sound waves. The math is only a small part of this book. Much this book covers fascinating concepts behind HDR and directly applies to photographic techniques. If the equations are scary then just skip that part and find valuable concepts in the next paragraph. For example, flipping to a random page:

"Stumpfel et al. [310] presented a technique for capturing light from the sky up to and including the sun. To image the sky, the authors used a Canon EOS 1Ds digital camera with a Sigma 8-mm fish-eye lens facing upward on the roof of an office building (Figure 11.13[a]). The lens glare caused by the sun was minor, which was verified by photographing a clear sky twice and blocking the sun in one of the images. For nearly the entire field of view, the pixel values in the sky were within a few percentage points of each other in both images."

And it continues with HDR pro photography secrets for very bright sources:

"As expected, the sun was far too bright to record even using the camera's shortest shutter speed of 1/8000s at f/16, a relatively small aperture. The authors thus placed a Kodak Wratten 3.0 neutral density (ND) filter on the back of the lens to uniformly reduce the light incident on the sensor by a factor of 1000. ND filters are often not perfectly neutral, giving images taken though them a significant color cast.
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