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HDR PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO WORKSHOP
Pete Carr and Robert Correll
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HDR Photography Photo Workshop
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About the AuthorsPete Carr is a professional photographer living near Liverpool in the UK.He had his first taste of photography at the age of 10 on a day course wherethey photographed the local town and developed their film in the dark-room. However due to film costs it wasnt possible to pursue it as a hobby.He went to university graduating with a degree in Software Engineering.His interest in Web design lead him to learn Photoshop and from thereexpanded his creative horizons. He bought a digital camera, and then adSLR with a bag of lenses. By the time he was a professional Web designerhe quit to become a professional photographer.
He documents people, explores urban environments, and relaxes with locallandscapes. His work has been exhibited in various galleries including TateLiverpool, Open Eye Gallery, National Media Museum, and at AlbertDock. His work has also been published in magazines worldwide includingProfessional Photographer, DSLR User, and JPGMag. He published his firstbook in 2008, which included many photos from his award winning photoblog, Vanilla Days. Photography will never be just a job.
Robert Correll is an author, photographer, artist, music producer, audioengineer, and musician. He loves taking photos and is a lifelong film anddigital photographer. His first assignment in the United States Air Forcewas as a photo interpreter. Robert now pursues photography and HDR pro-fessionally along with his other passions. He is a longtime expert in imageediting and graphics software such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, andCorel Paint Shop Pro Photo. He also retouches and restores photos.
His latest published works include Photo Restoration and Retouching UsingCorel Paint Shop Pro Photo, contributing to the Official Corel Paint Shop ProPhoto Magazine, and writing Your Pro Tools Studio. Robert also authors cre-ative tutorials for the Virtual Training Company. His titles range fromMasterClass! - Adobe Photoshop CS4 HDRI to subjects covering CorelPaint Shop Pro Photo, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Sony ACID Pro,and Cakewalk SONAR.
Robert makes his music on the electric guitar and bass and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degreein History from the United States Air Force Academy.
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CreditsSenior Acquisitions EditorStephanie McComb
Copy EditorKim Heusel
Editorial DirectorRobyn Siesky
Editorial ManagerCricket Krengel
Vice President and Group Executive PublisherRichard Swadley
Vice President and Executive PublisherBarry Pruett
Business ManagerAmy Knies
Senior Marketing ManagerSandy Smith
Book DesignersLeAndra HosierTina Hovanessian
Project CoordinatorPatrick Redmond
Graphics and Production SpecialistsCarrie A. CesaviceAndrea HornbergerJennifer MayberryMark Pinto
Quality Control TechnicianJessica Kramer
Cover DesignDaniela RichardsonLarry Vigon
Proofreading and IndexingPenny StuartBroccoli Information Management
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AcknowledgmentsWe would like to thank the entire team at Wiley for their hard work over the course of this project.Special recognition and thanks go to Stephanie McComb and Cricket Krengel. Thank you both forthis opportunity to share our passion for HDR photography in such a wonderful series. We would alsolike to thank David Fugate for his expert representation and support.
~ Pete and Robert
I would personally like to thank my friends at Talk Photography on Flickr and those who have leftcomments on my site. Thanks for making me believe that I can take a half-decent photo. Thanks tomy friends for doing their best to keep me sane.
~ Pete Carr
My personal thanks go to David and Pete for opening up a whole new creative world to me. Thank youto everyone from around the world who has e-mailed me questions. I enjoy making these connections agreat deal. Thank you to my family for your unfailing love, support, and encouragement.
~ Robert Correll
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To my parents, thank you for everything and letting me play with a camera. To my sister and nephew, thank you forthe walks and hot chocolate.
~ Pete Carr
To my wife Anne, and our children: Benjamin, Jacob, Grace, and Samuel. I treasure you.
~ Robert Correll
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CHAPTER 1 Dynamic Range and Digital Photography 3Dynamic Range 4
Sensor walkthrough 4Bit depth 5
Wrangling with Exposure 7Exposure explained 7Exposure value 8Metering 10
Single-Exposure Limitations 11Skies 11Buildings 12Silhouettes and sunsets 13
Traditional Solutions 14Lighting 14Neutral Density filters 16Contrast masking 17Exposure blending 18Tweaking shadows and highlights 19Dodging and burning 19Fill Light and Recovery 21Post-Processing with Raw 23
The HDR Answer 23HDR photography 23HDR processing 24
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CHAPTER 2 Gearing Up 29Focusing on the Photos 30
Camera Types 30The dSLR 31Compact digital cameras 32
Camera Features 32Shooting modes 32Auto Exposure Bracketing 33Speed 33Photo file type 34
Useful Accessories 35Tripods 35Monopods 36Remote shutter release 37Light meter 37Filters 38
Lenses and HDR 41Everyday zoom 42Wide angle 42Prime 42Telephoto 43Macro 43
Software 44Photomatix 44Photoshop Elements 45Photoshop 47Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo 48Lightroom 49Aperture 50
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CHAPTER 3 The Art of HDR 53HDR Styles 54
Selecting a Scene 54Light and timing 55Looking for high contrast 57Details 58Trial, error, and persistence 59
Setting Up 60Stability 60Using flash 61Using filters 61
Configuring the Camera 61Shooting mode 61Aperture 62Manual versus autofocusing 63ISO 63Auto exposure bracketing 63
Metering 64Finding the best exposure 64Alternate metering strategy 64
Taking the Photos 65Auto bracketing 65Manual bracketing 66
Processing Photos into HDR 66Processing raw photos 66Generating HDR in Photomatix 66Tone mapping in Photomatix 69Tone mapping examples 71
Alternate Processing Paths 74Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and HDR Photo Merge 75Merge to HDR in Photoshop 76