1st Edition

The Anti-HDR HDR Photography Book A Guide to Photorealistic HDR and Image Blending

By Robert Fisher Copyright 2017
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Anti-HDR HDR Photography Book contains everything you’ll need to know in order to get the best results from your High Dynamic Range images. Designed for those who want to extend the dynamic range in their work, but are frustrated by over-processed and hyper-saturated images, this book proves that HDR techniques are capable of producing photographs that are both stunning and realistic.

    In addition to helping you choose the right equipment and settings to optimize your shoot for HDR, the book explains how to use post-processing software to create natural-looking photographs, blend source images with layer masks, and establish an efficient workflow. By teaching you to effectively use all the most important tools of HDR, it will expand the scope of your portfolio and allow you to create images that you never thought were possible.

    Key features include:

      • What to look for when choosing a camera for HDR
      • Description of gear that is important to the HDR photographer
      • How to use the HDR software applications Photomatix and SNS-HDR Pro to achieve natural-looking results
      • Discussion of blending multiple source images using simple masks and techniques
      • An in-depth examination of the use of Luminance Masks for blending and editing bracketed images to a photorealistic composite
      • Guide to workflow, from organizing images on the computer to pre-merge editing of RAW files using both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge
      • The use of black-and-white in HDR and image-blending, including ways to convert color images to black-and-white

    1. Gear
    2. Choosing a Camera

      Sensor Size

      Mirrorless or SLR


      To Cable or Not to Cable?

      Do You Have Support?

      Tripod Legs

      Tripod Heads

      Memory Cards


    3. The Fundamentals – Exposure & Composition
    4. Exposure and Metering


      Exposure & The Triumvirate

      Shutter Speed


      ISO Setting


      Rule of Thirds

      Golden Section

      Leading Lines & S-Curves

    5. Time to Take Some Pictures?
    6. Yield Not to Temptation (AKA, Because I Can)

      What to Bracket

      How Many to Bracket

      Using HDR Software

      Manual Blending

      Can I Use My Segmented Meter?

      What About ETTR?

      Do I Have to Bracket?

    7. Organization & Prep – PreBlend Work
    8. Image Organization

      Using Lightroom & Bridge

      Importing Using Lightroom

      Importing Using Bridge

      Backing Up Your Work

      Prepping Your Files for Blending

      Prepping for Blending in HDR Software

      In Lightroom

      In Bridge

    9. Blending Using Photomatix & SNS-HDR
    10. Photomatix


      Details Enhancer

      Contrast Optimizer

      Exposure Fusion

      SNS-HDR Pro



    11. Manual Blending Using Simple Masks
    12. Preparation of Images for Manual Blending

      Basic Panel (Tab in Camera Raw)



      Blending with Simple Layer Masks

    13. Advanced Blending Using Luminance Masks
    14. Creating Luminance Masks

      Blending with Luminance Masks

    15. Final Tweaking of Merged & Tonemapped Images
    16. Sharpening

      Capture Sharpening

      Creative Sharpening

      Output Sharpening

      Output Sharpening in Lightroom

      Output Sharpening in Photoshop

      Final Editing

    17. Converting to Black & White

    Converting Source Images to Black-and-White

    Converting in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw

    Merging in Photomatix

    Blending in SNS-HDR

    Converting to Black-and-White After Blending

    Using Snapshots


    Robert Fisher is a commercial photographer and freelance writer based just outside of Toronto, Canada. His love of photography began over 15 years ago when he was first exposed to the impressionistic style. As a writer, he has traveled the world to cover topics ranging from politics to concussions, and as a photographer he has exhibited his work in a number of shows and galleries. He is the author of The Digital Zone System: Taking Control from Capture to Print and The Mobile Photographer: A Guide to Using Android® Phones, Tablets and Apps in a Photography Workflow.

    "You'll find a good discussion on tone mapping and excellent coverage of blending, both automatically and manually.  Good comparison images too." - Peter Bauer, Photoshop User magazine