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A World in HDR

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High dynamic range (HDR) photography lets you capture the myriad colors and levels of light that you can see in the real world, and the results are amazing photographs that run the gamut from super real to surreal. Explore this fantastic realm of photography through the unique vision of renowned travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. In this book, Trey shares his phenomenal HDR photographs as well as all the backstory on the adventurous circumstances of their origin. He also reveals the techniques he used to get the final shot. The breathtaking images gracing these pages and the author’s real-world advice for capturing and manipulating images will inspire you to create your own HDR magic. So Trey also includes his simple and straightforward tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to make your own HDR photographs, whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or professional. 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

  • Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
      1. Dedication
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. Foreword
    4. 1. Welcome to the World in HDR
      1. What is HDR?
      2. Seeing the World in Dimensions and Light
      3. Making Sense of the World
      4. The Network of Imagery in the Mind
      5. Viewing an HDR Image
      6. New Communities of Art
      7. About This Book
      8. Resources
        1. Visiting
        2. Sharing
    5. 2. Photography Evolves
      1. Happenstance Examples of Evolving Systems
      2. The Soft Manipulation of Bits
      3. A Treasure Map to Your Future
        1. Hong Kong From the Peak on a Summer’s Night
        2. A Neo-Rockwellian Christmas
        3. Farewell, India
        4. The Grassy Roof
        5. Adventuring Deeper into Patagonia
        6. Milan Train Station at Midnight
        7. A Sunset on a Texas Farm
        8. The Icy Pit to Hell
        9. Puzzling Over Beauty
        10. My Kinda Town
        11. Horses in the Fjord
        12. The Magic of Disney
        13. Morning Mist on the Lagoon
        14. Fourth on Lake Austin
        15. Humayun’s Tomb
        16. Merry Christmas from Notre Dame
        17. The Open Road
        18. One Night in Bangkok
        19. The Atomic Explosion and Mushroom Fallout at Sunset
        20. Floating Through the Temple
        21. Prambanan Sunset
        22. A Small Carousel in France
        23. The State Capitol of Texas at Dusk
        24. Miracle
        25. Shanghai from the Bund
        26. Stampede of Wild Horses
        27. About to Cross the Stream on the Hike, Approaching the Blue Glacier
        28. La Basilique Du Sacré-Coeur De Montmartre
    6. 3. Q&Q vs. Q&A
      1. I Don’t Know
      2. Systematized Learning is a Disservice to Artists
      3. A Question in Two Brains
      4. Questioning and Impressions
      5. Harmonious Art
        1. I’ve Reached the End of the World
        2. The Secret Passageway to the Treasure
        3. The Veins of Bangkok
        4. Spending Time Inside My Head
        5. An Ancient Tapestry
        6. This is Secret
        7. The Majesty
        8. Across the Line
        9. The Bombing of Dresden
        10. This is Nathaniel
        11. The Burning Blue Stream Near the Geothermal Event
        12. The Great Wall
        13. The Lonely Trinity
        14. The Fallout Bunker
        15. Hindu Ascent
        16. This is Ranjit
        17. Sunrise Discovery of Angkor Wat
        18. The Front Door Facing the KGB
        19. A Godly Dance at the Taj
        20. The Grand Tetons
        21. Notre Dame of Lyon
        22. Masts and Shafts
        23. The Airy Doom of the Duomo
        24. The Grand Prismatic
    7. 4. The Perspective of Light
      1. A Cube of Light
      2. Shooting in Auto-bracketing Mode
      3. Light from its Own Perspective
        1. The Morning Steam Through the Forest in Yellowstone
        2. Alone in Winter, Against the World
        3. Hiking Through the Japanese Garden
        4. Ready to Strike
        5. Rush Hour
        6. The Arenal Volcanic Plume
        7. Chicago Thaws into Spring
        8. Storm Hitting Vancouver
        9. The ROT Biker Rally
        10. A Snowy Night at the Kiev Opera House
        11. Dante’s Gates of Hell
        12. The Secret Emerald Lake
        13. Swallowing the Ruins
        14. Big Brother Approves of Your Park Activity
        15. The Lonely Road to the Dinosaur Dig
        16. A Morning at the Secret Lake
        17. Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
        18. Christmas on the Champs-Élysées
        19. The Norris MUD Pots
        20. Stück in Germany
        21. Winterscream
        22. Indonesian Sunrise
        23. The Barn of Your Dreams
    8. 5. The HDR Tutorial
      1. HDR: Stuck in Customs Style
      2. The Bare Essentials
      3. What you Need
        1. Software
        2. Hardware
          1. Camera
          2. Lenses
          3. Tripod
      4. The HDR Process
      5. 1. Take Photos
      6. 2. Create in Photomatix Pro
        1. HDR on Drugs
      7. 3. Import into Photoshop
      8. 4. Clean Up the Noise
      9. 5. Double Tone Mapping
      10. 6. Integrate Moving People and Objects into an HDR Image
      11. Batch Processing
      12. Creating an HDR from a Single Image
        1. Daytime Sky Considerations
    9. 6. Software and Tools
      1. The History of Tools
        1. More than Just Tools
        2. My Tools
          1. My Camera and Lenses
          2. My Tripod and Head
          3. Photoshop
          4. Photomatix Pro
          5. Noiseware
          6. Topaz Adjust
          7. Nik Software
          8. Lucis Pro
          9. Genuine Fractals
          10. Drobo
          11. Backblaze