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Photographic Multishot Techniques

Book Description

Photographers are just beginning to realize the potential of high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Now, the newest techniques based on a bracketed series of exposures make it possible to go beyond HDRI: photographers can increase resolution for ultra-sharp, detailed images, and they can extend the depth of field in a way that was never before possible.

Photographic Multishot Techniques provides a thorough introduction and is a hands-on guide to these various techniques. Using a series of example images, the authors explain and illustrate the use of each technique. Included are lessons on HDRI, super-resolution, focus stacking, and stitching images. Moreover, the reader will learn how to effectively combine these various techniques to create amazing images.

Throughout the book, the authors use tools such as Photoshop, PhotoAcute, Photomatix Pro, FDRTools, CombineZM, DOP Detail Extractor, and Helicon Focus to illustrate the workflow with detailed, step-by-step instructions. Most of these tools offer free trial versions that are available for download at the Rocky Nook Website at the book description of "Photographic Multishot Techniques".

Learning to use these cutting-edge techniques is sure to expand the repertoire and improve the photographic skills of the professional, as well as the advanced amateur, photographer.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. 1. Introduction
    1. 1.1 Why Use Super-Resolution and Other Multishot Techniques?
    2. 1.2 Who Is this Book Aimed At?
      1. The Right Camera
      2. How to Read This Book
      3. “Make or Break” – The Fine Line Between Success and Failure
    3. 1.3 Conventions Used in this Book
    4. Enjoy Your Photography
  6. 2. The Multishot Workflow
    1. 2.1 Common Steps in a Multishot Workflow
      1. 1. Shooting the Image Sequence
    2. 2. Image Preprocessing
      1. Download Your Images to Your Hard Drive and Rename Them
        1. Inspection
        2. Assigning Keywords
        3. Grouping Your Images into Sequences
        4. Image Processing
      2. 3. Merging Your Images into One
      3. 4. Optimizing Your Merged Image
    3. 2.2 Which Camera? Which Settings?
    4. 2.3 Which File Format Should I Use?
    5. 2.4 About the Programs Used in this Book
      1. The Photoshop “Merge to HDR” and “Photomerge” Commands
      2. PhotoAcute
      3. FDRTools
      4. Photomatix Pro
      5. CombineZM
      6. Helicon Focus
      7. DOP Detail Extractor
    6. 2.5 Converting RAW to DNG Using the Adobe DNG Converter
    7. 2.6 Installing Photoshop Plug-ins, Filters, and Scripts
  7. 3. Super-Resolution – More Pixels
    1. 3.1 Super-Resolution Shooting Technique
      1. An Introduction to PhotoAcute
    2. 3.2 Preparing Images for Use with PhotoAcute
    3. 3.3 PhotoAcute: Basic Usage
      1. Registration
      2. Settings
      3. Displaying Preview Images
    4. 3.4 Creating Super-Resolution Images
    5. 3.5 Additional PhotoAcute Image Correction Functions
    6. “Correct Image Geometry” – Correcting Lens Distortion
    7. “Fix Color Fringing” – Correcting Chromatic Aberrations
      1. Reducing Noise
      2. Eliminating Moving Objects
        1. Focus Stacking
    8. 3.6 Batch Processing
    9. 3.7 Import and Export Formats
    10. 3.8 Post-Processing Your Images
      1. Alternative Methods of Increasing Image Resolution
  8. 4. Focus Stacking – Maximizing Depth of Field
    1. 4.1 Why Use Focus Stacking?
    2. 4.2 What to Consider While Shooting
      1. Establishing the “Optimum Aperture” Using Test Shots
      2. Optimum Aperture for a Standard Print
    3. 4.3 Shooting for Focus Stacking
      1. Preprocessing
    4. 4.4 Focus Stacking Using Photoshop
      1. An Example with Four Source Images
    5. 4.5 Focus Stacking Using PhotoAcute
    6. 4.6 Maximizing Depth of Field Using CombineZM
      1. CombineZM Terminology
      2. Sample Merge Using CombineZM
    7. 4.7 Focus Stacking Using Helicon Focus
      1. Dust Maps
      2. Opacity Maps
      3. Helicon Focus for Windows
      4. Batch Processing
    8. 4.8 Semi-Automatic Focus Stacking Using Photoshop CS4
    9. 4.9 Focus Stacking – A Summary
  9. 5. Stitching - Increasing Image Coverage
    1. 5.1 Shooting Techniques for Stitching Applications
      1. A. Using a Tripod
      2. B. Obtaining the Correct Exposure
      3. C. Consistent Distance Settings
      4. D. Image Overlap
      5. E. The Optical Center - Locating the No-Parallax Point
      6. F. Moving Objects
    2. 5.2 Image Preprocessing
      1. Organizing Your Images
    3. 5.3 Types of Panorama (Projection Forms)
    4. 5.4 Merging Images Using the Photoshop “Photomerge” Command
      1. Merging Layers
      2. Dodging and Burning
      3. Corrections Using the Clone Stamp Tool
      4. Vertical Panoramas and Perspective Correction
      5. Multi-Row Panoramas
      6. Photoshop Photomerge Layout Modes
    5. 5.5 Bringing People Together - Group Panoramas
    6. 5.6 Other Stitching Programs
      1. HDRI Panoramas
      2. Further Information
  10. 6. HDRI - Increasing Dynamic Range
    1. 6.1 High Dynamic Range Images and Tone Mapping
    2. 6.2 Shooting Techniques for HDR Images
    3. 6.3 Simple Photoshop Blending Techniques
      1. Combining Two Differently Exposed Shots
      2. Replacing a Traditional Gradation Filter
    4. 6.4 Creating HDR Images Using PhotoAcute
    5. 6.5 Creating HDR Images Using Photoshop’s HDR Functionality
      1. HDRI File Formats
      2. Processing and Optimizing HDR Images
      3. Tone Mapping HDR Images
      4. Optimizing HDRI Processes
    6. 6.6 HDR Imaging Using Photomatix Pro
      1. Generating HDR Images Using Photomatix Pro
      2. Tone Mapping Using “Tone Compressor”
      3. Tone Mapping Using “Details Enhancer”
      4. The Photomatix Pro “Exposure Blending” Function
      5. Batch Processing with Photomatix Pro
      6. Single File Conversion
    7. 6.7 HDRI Using FDRTools
      1. The HDRI Creation Phase
      2. Average
      3. Separation
      4. Creative
      5. xDOF
      6. Saving Your HDR Files
      7. The FDRTools “Tone Mapping” Phase
      8. “Simplex” Tone Mapping
      9. “Receptor” Tone Mapping
      10. “Compressor” Tone Mapping
      11. Saving LDR Images
      12. Some Observations
      13. Back to the Project Window
      14. Batch Processing
      15. FDRTools - Our Conclusions
    8. 6.8 Which Program Is the “Right” One?
      1. Gaining Experience through Experimentation
      2. Post-Processing
  11. 7. Enhancing Microcontrast
    1. 7.1 Tools for Enhancing Microcontrast
      1. Enhancing Microcontrast Using a USM Filter or a RAW Converter
    2. Increasing Microcontrast Using Akvis Enhancer
      1. Working with Merged Layers
      2. Enhancer Dialog
      3. Enhancing Microcontrast Using DOP Detail Extractor
      4. “Grunging”
      5. Enhancing Microcontrast in Monochrome Images
    3. 7.2 Post-Processing
      1. Controlling Effect Strength
      2. Limiting Effects Selectively
      3. Sharpening
      4. Using Filters with “Smart Objects”
      5. Merging Layers into One - Flattening Your Image
  12. A References and Links
    1. A.1 Books
    2. A.2 Internet Resources
  13. Index
  14. Footnotes
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 6
    7. Chapter 7