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2.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I've got High Dynamic Resentment, January 20, 2010
This review is from: A World in HDR (Paperback)
Let's be clear, this is about the book, not necessarily about the guy. He's seems very nice in his videos online. However, how nice could he be if he just took my money and did not deliver what is promised. O.K. let me use his description.

"A unique blend of practical and inspirational, this book features

* a breathtaking collection of HDR photographs
* engaging explanations of how the author achieved the image
* expert tips for achieving stunning results (and avoiding common mistakes)
* a foolproof HDR tutorial and software recommendations"

Unique blend? I guess it is unique when the "inspiration" is 90% and the "Practical" is 10%. Pretty much the exact opposite of what it seems everyone was expecting.

Yes it is a nice collection of HDR Photographs, beautifully printed. Breathtaking? That is subjective but seems a little over-hyped.

"Engaging explanations of how the author achieved the image". I would classify them as stories, peppered with his personal philosophy - but not engaging explanations of anything to do with how the image was achieved.

"Expert Tips"? Maybe a few. But so many tips seemed to be missing that I got more and more disappointed as I went through the book.

Wow, "a foolproof HDR Tutorial". Well, I own Photomatrix and that contains a foolproof tutorial. Trey is happy to say this in describing the sliders in Photomatix (his favorite HDR program) And after giving a brief description of 6 of the main adjustment sliders - and I mean "brief". He says " What about the other sliders? They might be useful in thier own way, but I honestly don't use them much." Well, I guess no one else will need to either.

The overall feeling is that in a 208 page book, he dedicates a total of 17 pages, with lots of photos and screenshots, to explaining the "process" of creating great HDR photographs. Well, that is ALMOST 1% (one percent) of the book. Maybe I sound bitter. It just seems as though for $45.00, this book has almost no meat to it. I think I will have to admit that I chose the wrong book for my needs. If Amazon offered a money back guarantee, This would be in the mail tomorrow.

Trey, I think you would do yourself and your book purchasers a favor, by offering them a discount on one of your workshops equal to the amount of this book. In that way maybe we could get the practical advice we were seeking in your book.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2010, 9:18:18 AM PST
John says:
closer to 10% but who's counting ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2010, 6:49:28 PM PST
Dan says:
Yes it is closer to 10%, but I agree with Steven on most of his points. For me, this book is just a coffe table book...something that just sits there. I have only looked at it once and it contains a lot of great HDR photographs but the over-hyped tutorial is way too brief and doesn't cover much. Trey also puts way too much information about himself and what events he goes to or what his beliefs are alongside each photo, rather than explaining how his work was achieved. Essentially, this book is just a collection of good photos and that is not what is advertised.
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