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High Dynamic Range: Photography Made Easy (2009)

Tony Sweet , Gregory McKean  |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Sweet
  • Directors: Gregory McKean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Master Photo Workshops
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KZAP2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

Tony Sweet is a renowned fine art photographer, workshop instructor, seminar speaker and author. His Visual Artistry photography workshops are conducted throughout the continental United States. Tony s photography and articles are featured in Shutterbug and Nikon World magazines. His work is represented by the Getty Picture Agency.

Product Description

This workshop is for the beginner to intermediate photographer.

Learn one of the hottest new techniques in photography.

Master Photographer Tony Sweet teaches the art of high dynamic range (HDR) photography. HDR photography captures a wider dynamic range than traditional photography is able to achieve. The technique uses a series of exposures at varying levels, and combines them with HDR software (Photomatix). The results range from hyperrealism to surrealism.

Shot on location at Eastern State Penitentiary, HDR Photography Made Easy simplifies the steps of fine-tuning exposures in capture, merging with HDR software, and tone mapping the final image. Ten compositions with a range of tonal challenges are set up, captured, and processed. The program covers traditional, Pseudo HDR, and double-image processing. Tony also shows additional manipulation and finishing in Photoshop to create his unique signature look. HDR Photography Made Easy will have you creating your own amazing HDR images in no time!

Bonus Material includes:
- Eastern State Penitentiary portfolio
- Tony's HDR Portfolio highlights
- The Ellis Island HDR portfolio
- Other HDR Photography resource list


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best photography DVD I have ever seen January 9, 2009
Tony got me started in HDR at his St. Michaels, Maryland, workshop last summer and, since then, I have felt pretty comfortable working HDR with most images. However, when I was in West Virginia last year I got access to an old mill that was being restored. There were no lights inside so it was very dark in most area, and bright sun was flowing through the few windows that were there. Most of my image sequences were 9 shots (8 stops...wow). So when I ran then through HDR software they just were not doing anything for me. Then a friend of min bought this DVD for me for my Birthday. It absolutely takes HDR processing up to a whole new level. After watching the DVD I realized that I did have a chance with some of these shots that I had given up on. Tony shows HDR techniques that I never thought of. I HIGHLY recommend this DVD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! March 6, 2010
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To begin with, if you're interested in HDR photography I would recommend this DVD tutorial from Mr. Sweet.

Understand that in order to use the Photomatix software (abt $100) discussed , recommend capturing your images in RAW or Tiff format, I have not tried Jpeg's with the software. Additionally, though one single image can be used (which creates a false HDR), it's best to use a minimum of two or more photos for processing. Though Photoshop alone can merge multiple photos together to create an HDR picture, my experience with Photomatix has been extremely positive. Mr. Sweet does not provide a technical "tour-de-force" about the software, but he does walk us through each individual processing setting capable of being utilized in the software.

Mr. Sweet provides instruction on the way he chooses to process his HDR photos (which may differ from others), and I learned quite a bit from watching the DVD. He teaches how to read the histogram of our camera (assuming you have a histogram) and that is the single most important feature required to produce the best images. Simple point and shoot camera owners I believe will have a difficult time. You'll need some sort of pro-level camera. My Nikon D40 works fine.

Photoshop is not required software (as one review suggested), however, some sort of post processing software is - Mr. Sweet chooses Photomatix. He simply utilizes Photoshop for specific targeted adjustments after the fact.

He provides step by step instruction for processing the first image (total of ten image processing segments are provided) and circumvents the other nine images to save time. In my opinion, once you process your first image you'll have an understanding how the software faders work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, with one reservation! March 12, 2010
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Bought this along with several books on HDR photography. Watching the DVD was like spending time with Tony - a great experience. However, it should be noted that, to receive the best value from this DVD you really need to watch the DVD, go out and take some photos, run them through the software and then watch the DVD AGAIN. The second viewing will allow you to receive the most benefit from Tony's instruction.
Tony shows you how he sets up his camera/tripod, techniques for bracketing and how he "processes" the images - in fact, he spends a great deal of time going through which sliders he is using and why. This is a very "organic" process (each image needs its own unique touch) and you start to get the "feeling" about which adjustments work together - and which cancel each other out. This is very important to know when as you start to process your own images.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD lesson, easily worth the money July 7, 2010
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This was my first DVD by Tony Sweet. I was pleasantly surprised by Tony's instruction and the high quality of the video production itself.

Tony takes the time to go over what he did and WHY he did. He's a natural teacher and I look forward to more of his DVD's and perhaps even a book or two in the future.

As a person that had only the most basic knowledge of HDR, I came away informed, inspired and more confident after watching the (nearly 2 hours of instruction) DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to HDR March 11, 2009
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This is an excellent introduction to HDR photography. While the process section for each image is probably more important, I also found the set up section both useful and interesting. Tony is an enthusiastic teacher who knows how to impart knowledge to his viewers.
Buyers should be aware that it is assumed that you have some knowledge of Photoshop. This is not a complete course on Photomatix; Photomatix requires use and experimentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for HDR Beginners March 4, 2011
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I purchased this DVD hoping to learn advanced techniques. I didn't. The program is more for beginners. I covers ever aspect of Photomatix, and then some. But then again, that's the program that I've been using for a couple of years so nothing new there. Tony Sweet's delivery is good, not great. I would recommend this DVD for anyone who wants to learn HDR. However, if you already know Photomatix and you want to go to the next step this is not the DVD for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HDR How To - So So December 19, 2010
By G_McJim
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It is okay. Just be prepared to take notes and view the DVD several times until you lean the techniques of Tony Sweet in the use of the Photomatix software for HDR imaging. Tony Sweet is an excellent photogrpahy instructor as well as an excellent pro photography.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars For a beginner
Good for a beginner in HDR and "Photomatix Pro". I would have liked to see more in depth on the affect of the controls in "Photomatix Pro". Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by R. Winsauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Video
If you have an interest in HDR then this is the video for you.
This guy is very good and he explains step by step what he is doing. Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by S. Hathawy
2.0 out of 5 stars Ineffective learning opportunity
I was a disappointed in this DVD because the content was entirely passive, there were no example images included for me to work with.

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Published on August 18, 2009 by Osirisopto
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Once again I'll mention that I'm in my 60's and a dinosaur who has a 1970's Master's Degree in Photography. I understand photography but am learning digital. Read more
Published on July 10, 2009 by Blaine E. Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest!
yet again, another superb product from Tony Sweet! I have both all of his books, and DVD,s and there is not a dud amongst them! Read more
Published on June 23, 2009 by Nigel T. Bowyer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as Described
This is not an instructional DVD on how to use the Photomatix software program. The product description needs clarification: You need BOTH Photomatic and Photoshop to use this... Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by Mr. Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this DVD for Beginner HDR!
This is a great DVD, very happy with the purchase. I am not exactly a beginner HDR, I am new to it, but this DVD is designed for someone who knows nothing about it. Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Jeffrey Sudman
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