1st Edition

Monochromatic HDR Photography: Shooting and Processing Black & White High Dynamic Range Photos

ISBN 9780415831451
Published September 26, 2013 by Routledge
208 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Update: The Kindle version of Monochromatic HDR Photography: Shooting and Processing Black & White High Dynamic Range Photos currently available for sale has been corrected and updated to address formatting issues.

Monochromatic HDR Photography is the first book intended to show photographers how to work at the intersection of two up-and-coming trends that are at the forefront of the digital revolution: Black & White and High Dynamic Range imaging.

The book explains techniques for extending dynamic range, monochromatic conversion methods and best practices where the two technologies intersect. Since successful digital monochromatic image creation generally requires using the color information inherent in RAW exposures, most case studies will be presented in full color.

In addition, Monochromatic HDR Photography provides extensive coverage of the creative vision required to successfully create monochromatic HDR images and the workflow necessary to make art prints from this specialized image making technique.

Table of Contents


Extending Dynamic Range

Understanding HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography

In-Camera HDR

Multi-RAW processing


Adobe Camera RAW (ACR)

Shooting HDR Sequences

Auto bracketing

Manual bracketing

Best practices

Automated HDR Software

Nik HDR Efex Pro


Photoshop HDR Pro



Black & White in the Digital Era

Understanding the appeal of monochrome

Subject matter that works in black & white

Black & white files are color


Split toning


Common black & white conversion techniques

Best practices in monochromatic conversion

Photoshop B&W Adjustment Layers

Nik Silver Efex Pro


Monochromatic HDR Workflow

Using color information

Best practices

Converting to monochrome with extended dynamic range preservation

Monochrome presets in auto-HDR software

Filters to enhance monochromatic HDR

Case studies and gallery


Specialized Black & White Gear

Monochromatic single-purpose cameras (Monochrom M)

Infrared HDR (IR converted camera)





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Harold has been recognized as a Moab Master for his hand-crafted, fine art prints. His popular workshops are often sold out. You can find out more about Harold and his work at his website, www.photoblog2.com.

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