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Photographic Multishot Techniques: High Dynamic Range, Super-Resolution, Extended Depth of Field, Stitching [Paperback]

by Juergen Gulbins, Rainer Gulbins
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February 7, 2009 1933952385 978-1933952383 1

Photographers are just beginning to realize the potential of high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Now, the newest techniques based on a bracketed series of exposures make it possible to go beyond HDRI: photographers can increase resolution for ultra-sharp, detailed images, and they can extend the depth of field in a way that was never before possible.

Photographic Multishot Techniques provides a thorough introduction and is a hands-on guide to these various techniques. Using a series of example images, the authors explain and illustrate the use of each technique. Included are lessons on HDRI, super-resolution, focus stacking, and stitching images. Moreover, the reader will learn how to effectively combine these various techniques to create amazing images.

Throughout the book, the authors use tools such as Photoshop, PhotoAcute, Photomatix Pro, FDRTools, CombineZM, DOP Detail Extractor, and Helicon Focus to illustrate the workflow with detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Learning to use these cutting-edge techniques is sure to expand the repertoire and improve the photographic skills of the professional, as well as the advanced amateur, photographer.

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About the Author

Juergen Gulbins has extensive experience in writing, technology, desktop publishing, designing high-end document archival systems, and digital photography. He is a prolific author who has written and translated books on topics such as CAD, Unix, DTP, typography, Internet, document management, Linux, and various aspects of digital photography. He has been a passionate photographer most of his life.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (February 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952383
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars E Pluribus Unum February 24, 2009
Digital photography has replaced film. It's not just because it's cheaper. There are things that can be done with a digital camera that were difficult or impossible with film. These include the ability to extend the light range of photographs to match the human eye and to extend the areas of a picture in focus far beyond the normal abilities of film. Many of these capabilities require the combination of several images to achieve. It's these latter capabilities with which the authors deal.

After a discussion of the general workflow for multishot processes the authors explore super-resolution, which allows the combination of several successive images to create an image with greater resolution then the native resolution of the taking camera; focus stacking, which combines several images of a single subject at different focusing distance to achieve a deeper field of sharp focus; stitching, which allows the combination of several different images to achieve a broader or higher picture then a single image; and high dynamic range photography which allows the photographer to expand the range of light beyond that normally captured by a digital camera. The authors also discuss methods of achieving a greater degree of contrast between the parts of a captured image which makes for a more vibrant picture. This last technique does not involve multiple images, but the authors discuss special software to achieve it. There is little discussion of the artistic choices to be made in using these techniques. The writing is straightforward and clear, although somewhat prosaic.

Almost all of these techniques involve software above and beyond the standard image processing software.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will save you time February 28, 2009
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Easy to read and lavishly illustrated, this book could be read, or rather, devoured in less than a day.
It concerns techniques you that can make a splash because the results are so unusual, at least up to now!
For example how many of you know about increasing the depth of field by combining several images? I am grateful to the authors for warning against the limitations of CombineZM and pointing me to Helicon Focus, which I didn't know abut. Some of the software mentioned in this book is just about never mentioned on the photoforums I visit.
I personally don't know of another book on the subjects and this one is not just a basic rehash of the manual, there is lots of practical advice which you might have found out by working on it for several months, but the authors will save you
a lot of that searching.
It is possible to make tacky pictures with High Dynamic Range Imaging
and the authors warn you against this and give suggestions on how to avoid it. There are also good practical suggestions for fixing the result when stitching pictures to make a panorama.

As a minor quibble, I don't know how the authors calculated that a 10mm lens gives you a 250 degree angle of view. This is certainly not true if the lens is reduced to a pinhole (the angle is *always* less than 180 degrees, it is *not* inversely proportional to the focal length-that is an approximation that holds true only for long focal lengths). It might be true with some fisheye lenses, but I doubt that the angle of view of a fisheye lens is a function of its focal length alone.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing content, and too much Photoshop March 26, 2010
This book should really be titled "Photographic Multishot Techniques with Photoshop CS3". Although it does touch on some other software (in particular a quite detailed look at PhotoAcute) you get the distinct impression that the authors are out of their comfort zone unless they can "do it in Photoshop".

This is a great shame, because multishot techniques such as panoramic stitching and HDR are areas in which smaller software vendors have frequently produced powerful, innovative, inexpensive software solutions. Also, it makes the book less relevant to anyone who cannot afford (or does not want to invest in) full-blown Photoshop CS3.
The introductory sections are quite good, introducing the reader to basic multishot workflow techniques. However, there's not much here for the more advanced reader. For example, the book explains how RAW files differ from processed files, but doesn't really explore the pros and cons of feeding RAW files straight into multishot processing vs pre-processing them in a separate RAW convertor.

Surprisingly, the authors decide to start their exploration of multishot techniques with super-resolution, combining very similar shots to increase resolution or decrease noise. This is an odd choice, partly because it's a relatively rare requirement, and partly because the only effective software support appears to be from PhotoAcute, which makes this a "one solution" chapter. Given that there's another section at the end dealing with issues like sharpening and local contrast enhancement, it might have made more sense in that position.

The next section turns the attention to focus stacking. This is at least a balanced chapter, exploring techniques with Phtoshop, PhotoAcute, CombineZM and Helicon Focus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated on details - good on concepts
This book was published in 2009 and republished in 2010. However much of the software the Juergen refers to, is old - often 2006 versions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars I do not recommend this book
Software described is not the ones normally used in the US.
Outdated. 3 versions of photoshop behind
most discussion of the software boils down to the statement,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neil W. Godsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of the subject and well written and illustrated
The author deals primarily with Photoshop but that is understandable as it is the most commonly used image editing application and most photographers own it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Winter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very informative, great techniques which I have put into practice. Highly recommend. Good for the novice, as well as, others who have been doing this type of work for awhile.
Published 5 months ago by Charles W. Poteat
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for those interested in a subject sitill unknown to the...
It's a hands-on and very straightful book on many multishot thecniques. It unveils some secrets of good photos turning in better photographs. I've learned a lot with this book.
Published 12 months ago by E. Ferreira Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for its age
This book was written in 2008. They wrote this using photoshop CS4. They selected other programs to use that took me years to research and find. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michael S. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Not another photography book??
No this is not just yet another book on photography, it is an in depth book on how to take photographs in the two stacking systems that if done correctly the results can be... Read more
Published on September 12, 2011 by Anthony A. Harman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Just the right mix of information for helping you learn about combining multiple photographs. I used the techniques they describe with good results.
Published on July 15, 2011 by P. Zoz
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I ever wanted to know about Multishot Techniques!
Excellent book for understanding multishot photographic techniques. The scope of the book went well beyond the High Dynamic Range Images that I had been using and introduced me to... Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by James Reider
3.0 out of 5 stars Photographic Multishot Techniques
Well, for me this was a difficult book to give a review. I have been doing Panorama, HDRI and Multi Layer imagery for about nine years and most of what I learned was on the job... Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by Jeff Ornstein
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