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Improve Your HDR Photography (Improve Your Photography Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Harmer
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Book Description

There are hundreds of simple HDR tutorials online, but few tips on improving your HDR photography past the absolute basics. This book was designed to fill that void with dozens of easy-to-implement tips and techniques to create realistic-looking HDR images.

The first chapter is a quick HDR tutorial for beginners, and then the remaining chapters build on the basic knowledge with advanced techniques and dozens of tips from the pros.

This book focuses on shooting HDR in the field, and post-processing your HDR images using Photomatix software. The book is packed full of hundreds of tips from professional HDR photographers.

The edition of this book currently available on this page was published on March 8, 2011. This new version has a significantly expanded section on post-processing your HDR on the computer using Photomatix.

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  • File Size: 724 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EKIR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of the kindle version July 25, 2011
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This is not a review of the book itself... Which from other reviews seems great. My comments have to do with the kindle format of this book. It seems very strange to me that there is no table of contents and also no index of any kind. There is a list of highlighted sections that have no real usefulness that I can determine. I have noticed reviews of other books that indicate this is an issue with those books as well. If I had known there was no table of contents I would have most likely not ordered this book in the kindle format.

I did discover that I can highlight the chapter headings and in this way get a sudo table of contents in the list of highlights. Obviousy this seems silly when the publisher should have provided a real table of contents. I hope this will be useful to others in making an informed buying decision. I purchased several books from this series and they all have the same issue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great info in a concise format July 25, 2011
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This little e-book presents a lot of practical information without bogging the reader down in technical jargon. If you're doing HDR photography, you would do yourself a favor by picking this one up. At $6US, it's better than a lot of other books on the subject that cost 5x as much. What's refreshing is that he doesn't present pages and pages of his own photography examples. Instead, he gives you the information in a clear, easily readable format.

My only request for a future edition would be for chapters to be properly bookmarked so that I can go back and review them quickly. I especially like the section on HDR for monochrome images and will be returning to it periodically.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not the book for you January 14, 2011
By Yaniv
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I'm photographing for over 15 years,
I went digital at 2000.

HDR always been interesting aspect for me and while I tried a lot to produce good looking results
I could not achieve it.

I choose this book and read it all thinking that it will help me in the process of HDR in my PC,
Unfortunately I found that this book doesn't touch (not at all) in processing your HDR shots in your favorite

Taking the HDR photos in your camera is the simplest and easiest task, but processing it is a hard long way to go.

In addition, the editing of this book is really interesting,
in the middle of one of the chapters you suddenly fall on credit note and copyrights of the various companies
names that been used in the book.

For me it was very strange how to author didn't noted that he miss edited the book before publishing it and writing
these copyrights in the end of the book or at the begging.

For conclusion :
This book touch only the aspect of taking the photos in the field
this process is easy and doesn't require any special experience in photography.

What this book actually lack is the process in the PC which is hard and require a lot of experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HDR made easier January 15, 2012
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If you've ever wished you could create beautiful HDR images, this book can answer all your questions, and then some. It stresses heavily on the software Photomatix Pro, but also mentions other options.

It guides you through the sliders and adjustments that can be done with Photomatix Pro to make your images pop, and also gives advice on black & white HDR photography, HDR portraiture, panoramas, landscapes, night photography, daytime HDR, on getting the cleanest images possible and even recommendations for gear.

This is a handy guide for reference when you're on a shoot, and is written in simple easy to follow language and terminology. It could have used more photo examples, but I would have had to view them from a color Kindle App or Kindle Fire (which I don't have as yet), so no great loss there. Your first tries at HDR will no doubt prove to be eye-openers, but keep in mind that the best images are the ones that are not "overdone" and totally fake looking.

This is one of the few guides on HDR available for Kindle, and is certainly a worthwhile investment if you want to improve your photography techniques.

Amanda Richards, January 15, 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HDR tutorial great January 27, 2013
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I love the fact that I now can carry this book and many other photo/video books on my iPad with the Kindle app and always have them at my finger swipe away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! June 24, 2011
By Osyn
Format:Kindle Edition
The author keeps outdoing himself - the examples in this book are spectacular. HDR photography is always something that is intimidating for beginners, but he makes it simple. I just can't wait to try out these new techniques!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HDR my kind of photography June 11, 2011
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Its a funny thing I ran into this book because i was taking a photography class in college and my teacher ask me to do a HDR photo. I had to take some many shots and it was not coming out the way I wanted it to be. I got a "C" in the class.

I wish I would have found this book before the semester was over. I am not studying to be a photographer however this knowledge comes in handy I like this book. Somethings you just dont learn in school I never had someone explain HDR photography like this.

Get this book I am sure you will like it. if you are into photography or are a photography student, even professionals.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking photos to a new level! January 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a terrific resource for getting a handle on the nuts and bolts of HDR. I have been overwhelmed by the different programs and methods available to create stunning (not cartoonish) HDR and this book provides an easy to follow blueprint. In the classroom and in print, Jim has a great talent for presenting material in an informative and entertaining format.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK. But it was a tool to sell high ...
OK. But it was a tool to sell high priced software that I just did not need.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Stanek
5.0 out of 5 stars HDR and more
In addition to discussing HDR very well, the author provides interesting and useful information about special problems with other photography issues. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative book on HDR photography.
Published 8 months ago by Christian Ellery
5.0 out of 5 stars HDR photography
Nicely written book, well organized, kind of helped me see the different aspects of making HDR photography. Highly recommend to anyone interested in HDR.
Published 18 months ago by M. Prerovsky
3.0 out of 5 stars Got what I paid for
Thought this would expound a little more on what I had already learned about HDR photography, but I guess since I paid hardly anything I shouldn't expect massive amounts of secrets... Read more
Published 21 months ago by T. Dengler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Jim a a wonderful Photographer and has a great Podcast. This book is wonderful. I love HDR and this was the perfect book and person to show me how to take great HDR's that I am... Read more
Published 23 months ago by anniez
3.0 out of 5 stars not much to learn really.
nice book but it does not teach you real hdr process only on the surface just a little bit,you have to master photoshop and other software for achiving good HDR.
Published on April 9, 2013 by ahasay
5.0 out of 5 stars From basics to expert
Explains why people process their images to HDR with all the steps required to process your own images to a professional level and importantly, in everyday English! Read more
Published on March 26, 2013 by Robert K Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good HDR tips
I am new to HDR photography. I found this book very helpful. It was easy to read and understand. It reveals many tips, tricks, and suggestions that I can't wait to try.
Published on January 6, 2013 by Karl K
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More About the Author

Jim Harmer is an award-winning photographer and author of three photography instructional books. Each of the books are written in a series entitled "Improve Your Photography."

Mr. Harmer, originally from Boise, Idaho, currently lives in Naples, Florida and enjoys photographing the beautiful oceanscapes and wildlife that Florida has to offer.

The author practices a wide range of photographic techniques and subjects, but specializes in HDR and nature photography.

In 2010, Mr. Harmer changed from Canon to Nikon. This allows him to teach photography to students who use either brand. Also, Mr. Harmer favors the consistently superior low-light performance of Nikon cameras.

In his personal life, Mr. Harmer is a full-time law student, husband, father of two children, and a Mormon.

Mr. Harmer's first book, "Improve Your Photography: How budding photographers can get pro results" sold rapidly throughout the world for its ability to explain the basic concepts of photography in a way that is simple to understand.

Subsequent to the first book, the author wrote "Improve Your HDR Photography" and then "Improve Your Wildlife Photography." All of Mr. Harmer's books are written in a casual writing style so as to aid readers in understanding difficult concepts without struggling to understand the author's language.


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