The HDRI Handbook – Rocky Nook

The HDRI Handbook – Rocky Nook

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High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists

Contributing Authors: Uwe Steinmüller, Dieter Bethke, Bernhard Vogl

The HDRI Handbook reveals the secrets behind High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI). This cutting-edge imaging technology is a method to digitally capture and edit all light in a scene. It represents a quantum leap in imaging technology, as revolutionary as the leap from Black & White to Color imaging. If you are serious about photography, you will find that HDRI is the final step that places digital ahead of analog. The old problem of over- and underexposure in analog photography, which was never fully solved, is elegantly bypassed here. A huge variety of subjects can now be photographed for the first time ever.

HDRI emerged from the movie industry, and was once Hollywood’s best kept secret. It is now a mature technology available to everyone. The only problem was that it was poorly documented…until now. The HDRI Handbook is the manual that was missing.

Many questions remain open even for the hip CG artists that have been using HDRI for years. This is where The HDRI Handbook comes in. Included here is everything you need to build a comprehensive knowledge base that will enable you to become really creative with HDRI. This book is packed with practical hints and tips, software evaluations, workshops, and hands-on tutorials. 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.

Topics include:-

• Understanding the foundation of HDRI
• Tools for a High Dynamic Range Workflow
• How to capture HDR images: today and tomorrow
• Tone mapping for creating superior prints
• HDR Image processing and compositing
• Shooting and stitching HDR panoramas
• Image based lighting and CG rendering
• World premiere of Picturenaut and Smart IBL
• Creative uses and unconventional applications

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