When it comes to HDR, only three key ingredients are needed: hardware, software, and post-processing technique. Hardware is simple—there are only a few things you need to set up and shoot an HDR series. Software is vastly improved, making it easier for anyone to create an HDR image. The hard part is the post-processing technique. There are only two options: hours and hours of experimentation or The HDR Book.
Featuring real-world interviews with passionate HDR photographers, The HDR Book, by Rafael “RC” Concepcion, is more than a how-to and different from any other HDR book out there. While other books on HDR tend to lean toward the esoteric or formulaic, this book takes another approach. It’s a complete and total HDR workshop that teaches you the one thing that most other books miss—once you’ve tone mapped your image with HDR software, you’re still not finished.
Within the pages of this book, you’ll find 10 projects that vary across the artistic spectrum. The projects are designed to show you how the subtle differences in each scenario (lighting, subject, environment, etc.) dictate the post-processing needed to achieve one of the many final looks covered. You’ll learn not only the different tone map settings RC used, but you’ll also learn the final steps taken in Photoshop to complete each image. Then, you’ll recreate these looks yourself using the exact same RAW files that RC used! Plus, you get bonus images to play with and create your own look. The end result: a more intrinsic understanding of the nuances of HDR that will help you create the images you’ve always wanted.
Best of all, The HDR Book is written using the latest HDR processing program in the industry today—Photomatix Pro 5—and includes videos for processing in Photoshop’s HDR Pro and HDR Efex Pro. No matter which program you use, you’ll be able to follow along and create your own stunning looks in no time.
About the Author:
Rafael “RC” Concepcion is an award-winning photographer and author of the best-selling books Get Your Photography On the Web and The HDR Book by Peachpit Press. He is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne, and co-hosts the popular podcasts Photoshop User TV and Photography Tips and Tricks. An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has more than 14 years in the IT and e-commerce industries. He is presently on tour with the Adobe Photoshop for Photographers seminar tour in the United States for KelbyOne.