Books About HDR

This alphabetical list contains HDR books from experienced and established HDR photographers giving you a broad range of in-depth information on the HDR process. Most of the descriptions are quotes from the book sellers’ website (clearly marked as such). They do not necessarily reflect my opinion or that of any of the contributors. Wherever possible, one or more links to book reviews were added in order to provide further and in-depth information about the products. The order is alphabetical and does not imply any ranking.

Note: The HDR Resource List is living – it evolves and changes in the same way as the community changes. Therefore, this list is certainly incomplete and may not reflect the view of all visitor. If you feel that there is an important book is missing here, please contribute to the list (how to contribute). If your contribution is added to the index, I will add you to the list of contributors.

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Beginning HDR Photography


by Matthew Bamberg
Published in: 2012
Type:

Description:
"High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is the new software-driven process that merges several photos of varying exposures into one image, resulting in a final, tonally enhanced photo that's captivating, stunning, and unique. Now you can learn to make your own amazing HDR photographs with BEGINNING HDR PHOTOGRAPHY. Creating an HDR photo requires specific camera settings and equipment, and the use of specialized computer software after the shoot. Covering everything from choosing equipment to final image tweaking, this book includes complete, step-by-step instructions for creating images using four popular HDR platforms. You'll learn HDR-specific secrets for shooting, post-processing, and printing. Written in clear, easy-to-understand language, BEGINNING HDR PHOTOGRAPHY will teach you the terms and techniques you'll need to know and show you how to create unique and compelling HDR photos to share with your friends and family, whether as prints or via social networks, photo hosting sites, blogs, and websites." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: on amazon
Added on: 2013-04-18


[source: amazon.com]

Exploring HDR: Photoshop, Photomatix & Topaz Adjust


by Blake Rudis
Published in: 2012
Type:

Description:
"Using Photoshop, Photomatix and Topaz Adjust, Blake Rudis, creator of the award winning blog Everyday HDR, walks you through the wonderful world of High Dynamic Range photography. There are many methods that are discussed in Exploring HDR from the typical multiple exposure tone mapped HDR image to the single Raw file technique. Blake gives away many of his secrets in this book with 6 different HDR techniques, 9 HDR post processing techniques, over 130 detailed pictures, and bonus content in every Chapter! Blake knows the importance of post processing your HDR images and has included several detailed post processing techniques. These techniques include adding depth to your tone mapped photo, combating chromatic aberrations, HDR specific noise reduction and so much more! If you are looking for a highly detailed, tutorial based HDR book, Exploring HDR is the one for you!" [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: on amazon
Added on: 2013-04-18


[source: amazon.com]

Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography


by Harold Davis
Published in: 2012
Type:

Description:
"Since the days of the first photographs, artists have used various techniques to extend the range of lights and darks in their photos. Photographic masters such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston spent countless hours burning and dodging their prints to create images with extended dynamic range. With the advent of digital photography, new horizons in extending dynamic range are possible. HDR techniques now make it easy to extend the dynamic range of an image well beyond the capability of the human eye. In Creating HDR Photos, bestselling author Harold Davis covers the complete HDR workflow, from choosing the subjects that work best for HDR through processing RAW files to unlock the dynamic power of HDR. You’ll learn how to photograph multiple exposures and blend them into a single HDR image using various software programs. Best of all, you will find out how to control the style of your HDR images, from subtle to hyper-real, using a range of photographic and post-processing techniques. Packed with stunning image examples, Creating HDR Photos brings this essential digital technique within every photographer’s grasp." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: on amazon
Added on: 2013-04-18


[source: amazon.com]

Illuminating HDR


by Mark Johnson
Published in: 2010
Type: ebook

Description:
"If you’ve ever dreamed of a resource that provides everything you need to produce breathtaking HDR images, your wait is over! Illuminating HDR is a revolutionary eBook that features colorfully illustrated step-by-step topics, stunning examples, and work-along images. Unlike any other HDR reference, Illuminating HDR includes two comprehensive workflows (Bridge > Photomatix > Adobe Camera Raw > Photoshop) and (Lightroom > Photomatix > Lightroom > Photoshop) plus crystal clear techniques for bracketing exposures, reading histograms, replacing unattractive skies, eliminating ghosted subjects, removing halos, fixing blown highlights, batch processing, single image processing, double tone mapping, achieving the Harry Potter look, and more. This fully printable, Mac and PC-compatible eBook covers Photomatix 4, Photoshop CS5, and Lightroom 3." [source: msjphotography.com]
Reviews: n/a
Added on: 2012-01-27


[source: msjphotography.com]

The Photographer's Guide to HDR Efex Pro


by Jason Odell and Tony Sweet
Published in: 2010
Type: ebook

Description:
"Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro is the newest and most powerful HDR tone-mapping program we've used. I've teamed up with master photographer Tony Sweet to write The Photographer's Guide to HDR Efex Pro, the authoritative "missing" manual to this powerful HDR tone-mapping software tool. This downloadable eBook (PDF) will show you exactly how to produce fine-art HDR images quickly and easily with HDR Efex Pro. This is not only a technical manual (we explain every control and slider) but also a guide to producing fine-art HDR images. The Photographer's Guide to HDR Efex Pro covers: - Field techniques for HDR imaging - How to navigate the HDR Efex Pro interface - How to use HDR Efex Pro as a stand-alone application - HDR Methods: what they are and how to choose one - Global Adjustments - Selective Adjustments with Control Points - Natural HDR Recipes for indoor and outdoor scenes - Artistic HDR Recipes for indoor and outdoor scenes - Black & White HDR - Single-image tone-mapping - Panoramic HDR - 14 Custom HDR Presets for HDR Efex Pro - iPad compatible file (requires download to a Mac or PC first)" [source: luminescentphoto.com]
Reviews: amazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-27


[source: luminescentphoto.com]

Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography


by Ferrell McCollough
Published in: 2008
Type: print

Description:
"It’s the latest and hottest technique, made possible only through digital. High Dynamic Range photography is the process of taking several pictures of a scene at various exposures, then merging them into one file. So the entire photo can look crisp and detailed, from highlights to midtones to shadows—and photographers needn’t sacrifice any part of their image. And the best way to master this exciting technology is with this thorough, easy-to-follow, and visually spectacular guide. No other title does justice to these cutting-edge techniques, which actually take the viewer into worlds far beyond normal photography—sometimes even beyond normal human perception. Ferrell McCollough, a widely respected photographer, pushes the boundaries and inspires others to pursue their artistic vision, too. The amazing results simply can’t be achieved any other way." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: amazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-25


[source: amazon.com]

HDR Secrets for Digital Photographers


by Rick Sammon
Published in: 2010
Type: print

Description:
"High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is a process in which a photographer shoots multiple shots of the same subject at varying exposure settings and then "stitches" the images together with photo-editing software into a single photo that presents sharper color and focus than a single image. World-renowned digital photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon reveals his most amazing HDR tips, tricks, and techniques for creating the best possible HDR images. Packed with more than 150 of Sammon's stunning full-color photos and more than 200 techniques, this invaluable guide inspires and motivates you to capture and edit your own unique still-life images.
  • World-renowned digital photographer and Canon Explore of Light Rick Sammon reveals a wealth of unparalleled High Dynamic Range (HDR) tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Inspires both amateur and experienced photographers to boost their creativity, and improve the quality of their images in the digital darkroom
  • Features more than 150 beautiful images from Sammon's own portfolio as well as more than 200 tips and tricks for shooting and editing HDR images
HDR Secrets for Digital Photographers unveils an abundance of tips and tricks that will help you make your good HDR photos great." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: amazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques


by Rafael Concepcion
Published in: 2011
Type: print

Description:
"When it comes to HDR, only three key ingredients are needed: hardware, software, and post-processing technique. Hardware is simple—there are only a few things you need to set up and shoot an HDR series. Software is vastly improved, making it easier for anyone to create an HDR image. The hard part is the post-processing technique. There are only two options: hours and hours of experimentation or The HDR Book. Featuring real-world interviews with passionate HDR photographers, The HDR Book, by Rafael “RC” Concepcion, is more than a how-to and different from any other HDR book out there. While other books on HDR tend to lean toward the esoteric or formulaic, this book takes another approach. It's a complete and total HDR workshop that teaches you the one thing that most other books miss– once you've tone mapped your image with HDR software, you're still not finished. Within the pages of this book, you'll find 10 projects shot with everything from a point-and-shoot to a 37-megapixel, medium-format camera. The projects are designed to show you how the subtle differences in each scenario (lighting, subject, environment, etc.) dictate the post-processing needed to achieve one of the many final looks covered. You'll learn not only the different tone map settings RC used, but you’ll also learn the final steps taken in Photoshop to complete each image. Then, you'll recreate these looks yourself using the exact same RAW files that RC used! Plus, you get four bonus images to play with and create your own look. The end result: a more intrinsic understanding of the nuances of HDR that will help you create the images you’ve always wanted. Best of all, The HDR Book is written using the three top HDR processing programs in the industry today: Photoshop’s HDR Pro, Photomatix Pro, and HDR Efex Pro. No matter which program you use, you'll be able to follow along and create your own stunning looks in no time." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: 3exposure.com, danieljgregory.com, blogcritics.org
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

A World in HDR


by Trey Ratcliff
Published in: 2009
Type: print

Description:
"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." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: blogcritics.orgphotofocus.comelginzphotography.com
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

Practical HDRI, 2nd Edition: High Dynamic Range Imaging Using Photoshop CS5 and Other Tools


by Jack Howard
Published in: 2010
Type: print

Description:
"Practical HDRI, 2nd Edition, by pro photographer Jack Howard, leads you into the new frontier of High Dynamic Range Imaging, a multi-shot technique to digitally capture, store, and edit the full luminosity range of a scene in ways not possible in a single captured image. Fully updated for 2010, the 2nd Edition covers the HDR process from image capture through post-processing for web and print. Practical HDRI, 2nd Edition is richly illustrated with step-by-step tutorials for creating professional results using the leading HDR software titles, including the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Photomatix Pro, FDRTools, Dynamic Photo HDR, and HDR PhotoStudio. Howard instructs from experience as a photographer and a writer, with an emphasis on making the HDR process work for you. Topics include: Step-by-step tutorials Basic and advanced workflows and workarounds Web and print optimization File management, keywording Advice on cameras, gear and software HDR imaging can be challenging and frustrating for the uninitiated, as it involves both field and computer expertise. However, Jack Howard explains this complex subject matter in a practical way that will not intimidate the beginner, nor bore the experienced photographer. The emphasis is on the creative process and how to make it work for you-rather than the science behind it." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: amazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

Fine Art Photography High Dynamic Range: Realism, Superrealism, and Image Optimization


by Tony Sweet
Published in: 2011
Type: print

Description:
"Directions for working with two popular photo editing programs: Photomatix and HDR Efex Pro. The specific settings used for each photo are given, along with commentary on why the artist chose those settings. Includes 47 stunning examples to show the wide range of creative possibilities HDR provides." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: calvertphotographyclub.comamazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists


by Christian Bloch
Published in: 2012
Type: print

Description:
"The HDRI Handbook 2.0 is the most comprehensive guide to High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI). Once Hollywood's best kept secret, this cutting-edge imaging technology is a method to digitally capture and edit all light levels in a scene. It represents a quantum leap in imaging technology, as revolutionary as the leap from black-and-white to color imaging. HDRI is the final step that places digital ahead of analog. In 2007, The HDRI Handbook was the first book dedicated to opening this technology to a large audience. These days HDRI is a fully mature technology available to everyone. Professional architectural and landscape photographers have already adopted HDRI as part of their regular workflow, and it has become one of the hottest trends for ambitious amateurs and creative professionals alike. Now, The HDRI Handbook 2.0 redefines its own gold standard by revealing all the latest techniques, software programs, and equipment. Author Christian Bloch provides readers with practical hints and tips, software evaluations, background knowledge, workshops, hands-on tutorials, and inspiring guest galleries. Beginners will get a methodically solid introduction and advanced readers will be able to refine their technique to perfection. A new breed of community-driven HDR software is included on the companion DVD, so you can hit the ground running. Whether you are a photographer, CG artist, compositor, or cinematographer, this book is sure to enlighten you." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: none yet
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

Practical HDR: A complete guide to creating High Dynamic Range images with your Digital SLR


by David Nightingale
Published in: 2009
Type: print

Description:
"HDR is both a technical solution to the limitations of digital camera sensors, and a creative tool that can give any image much more impact - but it is not without its pitfalls, and it's essential to understand these if you want to take full advantage of this innovative technique. Practical HDR provides you with an abundance of step-by-step examples that will quickly make you an expert on the theory and practice of shooting and processing HDR images, allowing you to get the best possible results every time. As well as practical advice on shooting and processing, the book also contains a global showcase of inspirational HDR images - you will quickly find that HDR offers unparralleled opportunities for indulging your creative instincts, from photo-realistic to hyper-realism." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: photofocus.comamazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

HDR Photography Photo Workshop


by Peter Carr and Robert Correll
Published in: 2011
Type: print

Description:
"High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography offers a new range of creative possibilities to the photographer who is skilled in the technique. HDR requires specific camera skills as well as the use of specialized software, and the photographers who wrote this book are experts in both. They explain the process of shooting the same subject at different exposures, combining those shots into a single HDR image, fine-tuning brightness and contrast, minimizing noise, layering images, and more, including creative techniques with Photoshop and Lightroom. You can submit your HDR images for feedback at photoworkshop.com.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography offers creative possibilities through specific camera and software techniques that produce highly detailed and imaginative images
  • Two professional photographers team up to provide expert instruction in HDR camera and software techniques for those new to HDR
  • Covers the latest software and concepts, a comprehensive exploration of HDR basics, various techniques for shooting and merging images, and creative tricks with Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Lavishly illustrated with new examples and full of suggestions for developing a personal HDR style
  • Students can upload their own images for feedback at photoworkshop.com
Any photographer who is new to HDR will find this guide loaded with helpful instructions and encouraging advice." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: photofocus.comamazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

Mastering HDR Photography: Combining Technology and Artistry to Create High Dynamic Range Images


by Michael Freeman
Published in: 2008
Type: print

Description:
"Use HDR technology to create dramatic images that meld photography and art. High dynamic range imaging, or HDR, is the latest challenge for those who are serious about digital photography. But with that challenge comes an opportunity to expand skills and repertoire into exciting new areas. HDR, originally developed for use with computer-generated images, captures the full range of tones in a scene, reproducing human perception down to the finest detail without lens flare, burnout, or underexposure. Mastering HDR Photography explains exactly how to shoot specifically for HDR, and how to use the new software that lets the photographer combine several images into one glowingly accurate final photo. Step-by-step instructions and sample photographs reveal how to apply these techniques to many different genres, producing results that are part photograph, part work of art." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: amazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]

Realistic HDR for Landscape and Architectural Photographers


by Alex Koloskov, Genia Larionova and Evan Tantum
Published in: 2011
Type: print

Description:
"This book is for people who: •like bright, colorful, crisp, but realistic looking images; •want to learn how to avoid making blurry, ghost-filled, over-saturated HDR images; •are interested to learn how we do our HDR photos; •are looking for the practical application of HDR; •are wanting to start creating HDR photos the right away, without spending much time to learn the chemistry behind the process; •not only want to create good looking HDR images for the web, but also hiresolution images full of details ready for large prints; •are interested on how HDR can be used in commercial architectural and real estate photography. In this book we show two examples of artistic work for HDR – landscape and urban landscapes (cities); and two examples of commercial use of it, interior and exterior shots from real commercial assignments. What you will receive: 1. 84 pages e-book. 2. Original RAW images which were used as an examples in the book*. 3. Layered PSD files of the processed images*. 4. Access to www.RealisticHDRBook.com, where you can talk to authors and submit your HDR images for a review. * Links to download the files are under “Links” section of the e-book. These files are huge, total size over 1Gigabyte. What is required: - Basic knowledge in Adobe Photoshop and digital camera controls and shooting modes. - Photomatix Pro 4 and Photoshop CS5 (or older) to process the images. Older version of the same software or different software will work as well, but the controls and particular tools might be different. - Any digital camera with auto exposure bracketing or with manual shooting mode will work." [source: amazon.com]
Reviews: amazon customer reviews
Added on: 2012-01-21


[source: amazon.com]
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    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Mark,

      this and the previous suggestion are a bit too old. HDR has come a long way since 2006. So I chose not to include it in the index. Thanks anyway for the great contributions you make. Keep them coming.

      Cheers
      Klaus

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  1. Kevin Robb
    Kevin Robb says:

    How about the “High Dynamic Range Digital Photography for Dummies” book by Robert Correll? It’s the one that got me started with HDR photography in the first place!

    Reply

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