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High Dynamic Range Imaging: Acquisition, Display, and Image-Based Lighting (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0125852630
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"Although High Dynamic Range Imaging is likely a bit technical for the average game artist, it's perfect for programmers, technical artists, or technical directors who are interested in applying this fascinating technology to their games. The text is as essential on the bookshelf as the graphics gems series has been." —Dennis Crowley, Game Developer Magazine

"Here at last is the definitive guide to high dynamic range imaging—a field that is poised to revolutionize the way we view, manipulate and enjoy digital images. The authors provide a detailed review of the basic concepts and methods necessary to incorporate high dynamic range images into any practical application. This book is indispensable to researchers in computer graphics, digital design and visualization; indeed to anyone who cares about the realism and fidelity of the images they use on a daily basis." —Heinrich Bülthoff, Executive Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics

"This book is a complete and much needed treatment of high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. It is a comprehensive source for the creation, processing, use and display of HDR images. The authors are leading experts, and are the authors of many of the most commonly used methods in HDR imaging. In particular, this is the first complete collection of tone mapping and image-based lighting, which have become essential topics in computer graphics rendering. The book is written in a style that is pleasant to read, but is also detailed and thorough enough to be used as a reference. Readers will have all they need to work with HDR images, whether they are using commodity cameras and traditional low dynamic range displays, or the newest HDR capture devices and displays." —Holly Rushmeier, Professor of Computer Science, Yale University

"This is a remarkably complete book on one of the most important areas of modern computer graphics by four of the top people in the field. Its clear and detailed treatment of both theory and practice will make it an essential resource for my own work, and I would recommend it to anyone doing computer graphics or imaging." —Peter Shirley, Professor, University of Utah

High Dynamic Range Imaging" is a fantastic overview of the state of the art for some critical concepts in visual effects. It outlines the basic foundations of color theory that are the core of VFX image processing and also serves as a roadmap to the way we will be working in the future. This book should be required reading for any VFX artist doing high-end film work."
"When working on a visual effects film, any images provided by the director of photography are both sacred and fragile. This book explains why and also helps guide the reader to a better understanding of how HDR imagery can eliminate a lot of common LDR problems in the VFX pipeline." —Scott Stokdyk, Visual Effects Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks

"I was very impressed with this book. It is highly topical and relevant at this pivotal time in the technology of image recording and display. Even the average consumer is well aware of monstrous changes in the film industry: digital cameras supplanting film cameras and digital projectors muscling in on film projectors at cinemas. This book is an excellent touchstone of where the industry is and where it will be going in the coming years."
"The book reads very well. It not only works as an excellent reference volume but it reads easily and teaches the subject thoroughly. There's no question that it's going on my bookshelf and I know many artists who will insist on having a copy too."
"Finally, I appreciate that a book about images and perception does not skimp on plates. This is a very pretty book and communicates the problems with images very clearly." —Doug Roble, Creative Director of Software, Digital Domain

"Last week I saw the future: a 50-inch high dynamic range video display. The authors of this book predict that HDR displays may be as little as few years away, but having seen tomorrow, my demand for the technology is now. Fortunately, this book more than satisfies my craving for information on all aspects of high dynamic range imaging. It has brought the future to my reading chair and my software development efforts. It is all that I could (and did) ask for." —Ian Ashdown, President, byHeart Consultants Limited

Book Description

The first book about a revolution in imaging

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Product Details

  • Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics
  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (December 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0125852630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0125852630
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jay Weston on January 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Finally we have the first book on High Dynamic Range Imaging or "HDRI". With a very general title like this you might be left wondering what is exactly covered within this book, and this review will help to answer that question. It's surprising that this is the first book on HDRI - the technique of shooting HDRIs and using it to achieve photorealistic results has been an indispensable tool in the film and computer graphics industry for years. Recently many software developers have integrated HDRI support into their software making it even easier than before to use this advanced technique. We even have HDRI capable cameras and real-time HDRI appearing in computer games. So for people wishing to break into this field, this book is long overdue.

Please keep in mind that this review is being performed from an artist's perspective, hence I am unable to provide much useful information regarding the more technical aspects of this book, of which there are many! For this I have spoken to one of the authors, Greg Ward, who has provided us with a more detailed insight.

The book is a quality hardcover tome of information containing healthy numbers of full color images, formulas and graphs. It also comes with a DVD full of useful resources, the contents of which are outlined below. While most chapters have a short introductory paragraph that can be understood by the layman or artist, they quickly move into the realm of highly complex formulas and code. If you're expecting this book to have some tutorials on lighting and rendering a HDR image in 3dsmax or Lightwave you're looking at the wrong book. The sections that do cater for the artist are mainly available online anyway, along with numberless websites that offer easy to read, quick and dirty tutorials and how-to's.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is exactly what many people had hoped for, a high level book - that explains all the concepts beyond the basics- which can found elsewhere.

If your not already aware - people like Greg Ward and Paul Debevec invented the area of HDR and its early implementations, and their work and that of their colleagues, continues to be at the very leading edge of research in the area.

This is not a light weight glossy coffee table book - it is a factual, informative book that explains the logic and maths of HDR, while remaining really well written. It will become the default text on the subject for some time, and it is a valuable book for anyone serious about computer graphics and photography/imaging.

I could not recommend it more strongly for serious reader -but not a present for your Mum (unless she works at ILM or Pixar) !
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This book covers the basic concepts (including just enough about human vision to explain why HDR images are necessary), image capture, image encoding (not as easy as it sounds), file formats, display techniques, tone mapping for lower dynamic range display (FAR from easy), and the use of HDR images and calculations in 3D rendering (which is very cool, even if you aren't working in 3D). The range and depth of coverage is good for the knowledgeable researcher as well as those who are just starting to learn about High Dynamic Range imaging.

I have found this book very useful in my own work. This is a great collection of the existing research on HDR imaging plus quite a bit of previously unpublished work from the authors. I have loaned or recommended the book to several coworkers to introduce them to the concepts behind HDR or help them in their own implementation of HDR imaging. (and so far, they're all liking the book, too)

If you are working with HDR images, think you will be, or wonder what all the fuss is about, you really should read this book.
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I am a fan of Dr. Reinhard and enjoyed the book quite a bit. This book surveys a number of the current methods for HDR Imaging and HDR compression. I wish it spent more time looking at the characteristics of the anatomy that we're trying to fool. For one thing, I am singularly unimpressed with Gaussian-based methods that cause halos around objects. The center-surround structure within the retina does not indicate a set of Gaussian (or even close!) weights as distance tails off. We use Gaussians because the math is easy, the function is separable, and largely for historic reasons.

Undoubtedly, as the amount of computer power available continues to increase, and as we make better statistical models for edges and detail, we will be able to make a print that is more closely compatible with the "mental sketch" that we hold in our heads that CAN cover a large dynamic range. This is a good first and second step.
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Excellent book which covers various aspects of vision and photography. Unlike other similar texts, this one covers theoretical aspects in detail, the very reason I wanted to buy it. It is a complete but concise, all-in-one reference of the work done in the field of high dynamic range imaging. But it can also be read from the beginning to the end as a sequence of "tutorials".

However, grasping everything requires an above average mathematical background, which may not be where most photographers are coming from.
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