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1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138962347
Published October 3, 2016 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents

  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

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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