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ISBN-13: 978-1118063446 ISBN-10: 1118063449 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118063449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118063446
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Pursue your vision. HDR imagery lets you share it

Is your passion to capture the most minute detail of a scene exactly as you experienced it? Or to evoke emotion by interpreting that image? HDR photography can do both, and HDR Efex Pro is one of the top tools for working its magic. This book guides you through HDR Efex Pro, enabling you to create a workflow that supports your personal vision, whether that is to reproduce reality or interpret it.

  • New to HDR? Learn what it is and how it works in Chapter 1

  • Install HDR Efex Pro and set preferences

  • Learn how HDR Efex Pro works with Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop

  • See how to begin with global adjustments and fine-tune your image using Control Points

  • Apply the finishing touches that truly personalize your image

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About the Author

Stan Sholik, a self-taught photographer, has worked for more than three decades in commercial, advertising, and illustrative photography. Skilled with photographic technology, he is also known as the author of numerous articles for View Camera, Shutterbug, Professional Photographer, AfterCapture, Rangefinder, and other trade publications.

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The book HDR Efex Pro® After the Shoot is an excellent companion with the software.
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He explains each of the options in great detail so that there can be little doubt in the mind of the reader just what each control does.
Conrad J. Obregon
This book fills the gap very nicely and is a necessary accompanyment to really understand the program.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
For people interested in computer processing of high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, not the least of the attractions of NIK Software's HDR Efex Pro is that it has fewer sliders than its leading competitor, Photomatix Pro. But even so, what happens to an image when a slider is moved is still not instinctive. Stan Sholik to the rescue!

"After the Shoot" is quite simply the best explanation around for how to use HDR Efex Pro. After a brief discussion of the nature of HDR photography, the author eschews the usual review of the capture methods for HDR photographs, referring the reader to the vast literature on the subject. Instead he jumps right into the discussion of the software. He explains each of the options in great detail so that there can be little doubt in the mind of the reader just what each control does. For example he includes a detailed discussion of HDR modes, a function that may not be immediately obvious. Each of these modes creates a specific combination of the positions of sliders like exposure, contrast and structure that result in images ranging from realistic to various varieties of surrealistic. The author suggests that these modes form a starting point for further processing for the photographer to capture his or her vision. The author makes a general classification of the mode into one of three categories: naturalistic, artistic and extreme. Next he explains what the effect looks like and for what it is useful. Finally he shows four different images, processed with the mode, at increasing settings of the method strength (a critical settings slider of HDR Efex Pro). This same level of detail is explored for each of the global and local adjustments possible.

The explanations are well supported by the graphics.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott on November 23, 2011
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I wouldn't get HDR Efex Pro without this book. The program is GREAT...if you know how to use it. For me, the only way to figure out how to do so was by reading this. For a beginner, the program can seem pretty complex and confusing, but this book simplified it for me. I have a pretty good grasp on it now and I'm turning out some great photos. It's not only taught me to use the program, I also feel like I've become a bit of a better photographer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2012
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The book HDR Efex Pro® After the Shoot is an excellent companion with the software. If you own Efex Pro, this is a must! The explanations are well supported by the screen shots graphics. The author takes the three most popular software packages through install, setup and configuration of Efex pro®. In many cases, the author provides a 1, 2, 3 set-by-step process to perform a task. This is great because one always wants to know if their configuration is corrects. He explains each of the options in great detail so that there can be little doubt as to the control and its effect on the image.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre on December 8, 2011
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I thought I'd delve into HDR photography so I bought a couple of software packages to include HDR Efex Pro. I had read a few articles on the subject but there wasn't anything about the nuts and bolts of operating those tools. Then I ran across "After the Shoot". It is a relatively short book but it is filled with step by step instructions on how to use all of the features and why you want to use them a particular way. Lots of pictures. It's matter of fact.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William J. Graczyk on April 19, 2012
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This is an excellent book for anyone who has purchased or is considering purchasing this software program. It briefly describes HDR principles and the procedures for obtaining camera images that can be transformed into an HDR image. The main purpose of the book, however, is to fully explain the features of HDR Efex Pro and the process of taking images through the steps of the program and coming up with a final polished HDR image - and it accomplishes this objective very well. There are numerous screen shots of an image that shows the effect of each adjustment setting along with a description of what the adjustment is actually doing. This description is very helpful as some of the adjustment effects are not immediately apparent but become more obvious with the accompanying text.

There are many pre-sets in the program and the book shows how they can yield very pleasing results. But the author shows how you can also do a lot of fine-tuning with all the various adjustments on the right side of the screen. He also spends considerable time showing how to use one of the most impressive features of the program - Selective Adjustments using Control Points. It describes how adjustments can be made to very localized areas of the image and also how numerous Control Points can be added to obtain unlimited customization. He goes through many examples of how the image can be adjusted to obtain certain effects; again using several screen shots along with text so that you can actually identify the effect he is trying to achieve.

Although HDR Efex Pro can be used as a stand alone program it is primarily designed to be used along with a host program such as the recent editions of Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop CS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel on January 12, 2012
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Reading it, it's easy to understand how NIK SOFTWARE works. The only con to mention is the size of the pictures -of course related to the size of the book-, which don't let you see differencies between BEFORE and AFTER corrections.
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