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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Tony Sweet has long been admired for his imaginative approach to photography. In this book he turns his attention to HDR processing.

Although the book can be studied as a lovely portfolio, I found that Sweet's discussion of how he processed each image (or since this is HDR photography, series of images) added to my knowledge of this subject. Sweet discusses the use of two different pieces of software: HDR Soft's Photomatix and Nik's HDR Efex Pro. His discussions of each piece of software appear similar at first, but close examination shows a slight variation. For Photomatix he first describes the software itself, including a brief description of the effect of each slider. (His description of each of the functions is just different enough from the description the software itself provides when one rolls over a particular control to provide additional insights into its purpose.) He then provides a number of photographs, indicating in a chart the settings that he has changed from the default with his reason for the change. For example, for a particular picture, he states "Saturation: Default is 70, Set to 100 to add color to a very drab scene." Next he discusses the post-HDR processing that he used on the image, relying heavily on plug-ins like Nik Color Efex Pro Tonal Contrast and Viveza. Each example includes a film strip of the images captured, the picture as it emerges from Photomatix and a large picture of the image after post-HDR processing.

For HDR Efex Pro he changes his methodology a bit, using a narrative form rather than a chart of the changes that he made to the software default. I found this approach a little harder to understand, but that may have been because of my experience with Photomatix. (I was unable to follow his efforts as well as I would have liked because I was unable to successfully install the trial version of HDR Efex Pro on my Windows 7-64 bit machine; try the trial version before buying the software.) Even though the narrative alone did not seem as effective as the chart of changes, it should still prove useful in learning to use this software.

Sweet covers the full range of outcome from realistic to slightly surrealistic, but not all out surrealistic. His main emphasis in Photomatix is on Details Enhancer although there is an image processed in Exposure Fusion. Individuals who feared that the Details Enhancer could not provide realistic images should be able to achieve that goal after reading the book and may find that that Detail Enhancer offers a degree of control not found in Exposure Fusion.

The combination of the basic description of a function and the changes made, with an explanation of the reasons for the change worked for me. For example I never fully realized how the Photomatix microcontrast slider brought out details. As a result of his discussion about using Color Efex Pro Tonal Contrast, I decided to try that plug-in and now I am a confirmed believer.

The only thing I wish the book provided was a way to download a few of the images to follow along with the process described in the book, but even without this feature I found this book extremely helpful in honing my HDR skills. Even experienced HDR photographers may benefit from reading this book.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2011
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I pre ordered this book and was surprised when it came earlier than predicted. As always, for me, Tony has not disappointed. I have all of the Tony Sweet Collection.

As soon as it arrived I sat down and started reading. I haven't finished it yet as I've had it less than 24 hours, but I was so impressed I had to write a review.

This book has lessons for everyone from the novice to the seasoned photographer.

Tony starts off telling you what equipment would be needed to produce a successful HDR image, then explains the software he uses to produce his images. This explanation goes into detail explaining the setting up of the options to detailed explanations of each of the settings and sliders and when to use them.

Tony then goes into producing an HDR Image and gives examples of the exposures that were taken and in great detail walks through producing an HDR image.

This is followed by examples of Tony's images with detailed recipes and instructions on how each image was produced, including the location where the image was taken. These explanations go into detail about the post processing way beyond HDR. Leaving no questions for the photographer to ask.

Tony has revealed all the secret and held nothing back.

I'd recommend this book to anyone.

Thanks Tony.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2011
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This book is beautiful. It has some excellent examples of HDR processing. The pictures are fantastic. It is a great read.

All that being said, I was looking for something a bit more practical and useful.

The chief disadvantage of the book is that the author focuses on some pretty expensive software. I have Photomax HDR software ($99 and a great deal), Lightroom3, and Photoshop. So I've shelled out some money for software. What I was looking for was something which might put me on to additional reasonably priced software, but would not go over the top in terms of additional purchases.

The key software used in the book, after Photomax, was LucisPro. Unfortunately this is a $500+ package which I'm not willing to spring for. In addition a lot of use was made of other software (primarily Nik Software) which might add another $200 to your budget.

So, in summary, the book is cool and interesting to read. If you're willing to ante up $700+ in addition to Photomax, Lightroom3, and Photoshop, then it might be the right book for you. But, if you are on more of a budget, then you might let this book pass and go for a book which relates to the software you have available.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
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I am just getting into working with HDR and was looking forward to receiving my book to get going. Unfortunately the book was a let down. The preface (all before page 1) covers some default settings for Photomatix and a couple other programs. The rest of the book is filled with amazing images (a lot of them) but very little in the way of instruction or guidance for persons new to the medium. Think this book accidently teaches more about what type of images and composition to use for HDR than actually how to create the imagery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2011
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I've bought and read a few HDR books. I've looked at a few more in stores. I'll say this book gives the reader more how to info than any of them. Each photo is presented in a 'case study' format that provides all the settings detail in the very beginning. All the contributing photographs are also provided in the beginning for each HDR photo as well. This is NOT merely a book filled with pretty pictures as one reviewer suggested. I have to wonder if that reviewer was actually an author of a competing book. I say this because this book really is a 'how I did it' type and that person made a statement that is exactly opposite of the truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
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I have beena photographer for over 40 years, which means I have had to adjust to many new ways of bringing forth my perspective on the world. I was attracted to HDR the first time I saw it in magazines and wated to find out how photographers were able to creat these 3-D artist impressions of a great photo to begin with. It took my passion in art/photography to a new level. Great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2013
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This is an old publication and should have been advertised as such. All Photomatix references feature old versions. The e-book version should have been updated to reflect processes common to the most recent versions of Photomatix.

The author's opinions, workflow practices, and artistic style remain relevant. I would have given the work a higher rating had all of its information been current.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2011
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Purchased this about a month ago and it is the best I have seen if you really want to get into HDR photography. Covers NIK and Photomatrix systems. Goes into great detail about the finer points of HDR photography. Great teaching, exercises, and photos.
Would highly recommend. No cons here all pros
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 5, 2011
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This book by Tony Sweet is a great primer for anyone just starting to do HDR images.
His concise, simple narration style clearly explains step by step all that is needed to do the images in the book.
He does not say his way is THE way; he makes it clear that there are other ways of achieving the same effects, and he compares the way Photomatix works, compared to HDR Efex pro (Nik software). He notes how neither program is "better" than the other, that it is mostly a matter of taste, and how he usually uses Photoshop on the images after he has done an HDR of the image, but this step is not always necessary.
Tony Sweet is a very good instructor, he is able to, figuratively speaking, let you peek over his shoulder to see how he achieves the effects illustrated in the book.
This book is a keeper!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2011
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The author share his expertise using Photomatix, and Nik HDR. The book is a how to use these programs (the two most popular software programs for HDR). The reader gets lots of settings and example phorographs to get a very good starting point to begin using the techniques.
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