- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Amphoto Books (April 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0817499997
- ISBN-13: 978-0817499990
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mastering HDR Photography: Combining Technology and Artistry to Create High Dynamic Range Images Paperback – April 15, 2008
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This book is excellent for its content but I was extremely upset by the US publisher. In trying to save some pennies they issued a book in which all formal aspects are wrong: the size is too small, the typeface is too small (especially the captions), the comparative photos are post stamp sized and far too small to make differences visible, the page layout is confusing and the copy has not been proofread. I wish Freeman would re-issue this title with another publisher because I appreciate his style and language.
photography forward. Really great and I mean that. I'm an IT guy by
trade and it sure helps me to understand more about under the hood and
what reactions from my actions I can expect.
Also the areas of human perception is a major plus.
Thanks for publishing this!
I only gave 3 stars however. There are a number of issues. 1) Some of the images are mis-captioned; usually you can figure out which is which, but better proofing would have helped. 2) Many of the images are simply too small to see the effects he says they represent. 3) The subjects of many images are so abstract, you cannot tell what the subject is or what it should look like. I would strongly recommend that the author provide links to downloadable copies of the images so a reader could follow along. (This seems to be a problem with other books on this topic.) 4) There are a few errors regarding dynamic range and LAB colors, although these do not affect the usefulness of the book. There is no errata available on the author's site or the publishers site. 5) The screen captures are for an earlier version and some confusion, though small, results. This is really due to the fact that the software is evolving rapidly and not the author's fault.
The book convinced me the value of the Photmatix software. I have been struggling with the HDR feature of Photoshop CS3. The trial version of Photomatix adds a watermark to saved images but is not so intrusive that it prevents learning or evaluation the software. (Bravo! Photomatix!) I shoot landscapes, and moving water is simply beyond the capabilities of Photoshop, but handled very well by Photomatix. (I would very happy if Adobe acquired Photomatix much like they did Pixmantec.)
If you are interested in starting with HDR imaging, this book and a trial version ot Photmatix will give you the tools you need to decide if it will work for you. Well worth the Amazon discountprice!
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If you're interested in HDR this book is a must have