This HDR Photography eBook has been created based upon our own experience. All of our research has been done on the Internet using free sources such as photography forums and blogs. The rest has been learnt through our own experimentation based on a trial and error approach. We were one of the first photography studios to use HDR techniques for commercial architectural photography in the Atlanta metro area USA. A few things about HDR photography we believe in:

There isn’t a single-exposure HDR photograph. You can call it “HDR”, “Tonal Contrast” or “Tone Mapping”, but a single exposure image has nothing to do with HDR photography. Many people process RAW images with bright overexposed or dark underexposed areas through Photomatix and call them HDR; technically this still isn’t an HDR image by definition.

Images with dirty spots, halos around the edges and oversaturated colors are not what we can call correct HDR either. Quite often there is no need to capture multiple exposures to create these “artistic” images.

We have tried to make this book as simple and effective as possible, in doing this you won’t find any theoretical information about the science behind HDR processing in this book. If you need to learn more about the science behind HDR Photography, there are many online resources that exist and we’ve included some in our suggested for reading links at the end of this book. What we will show you however, is how we create our realistic style of HDR photography using real examples and explaining our step by step workflow.

We will open up to you an uncovered path to HDR photography, something that you won’t find anywhere else. We’ll show you the real stuff. It doesn’t matter if you are a working Pro, Amateur or just an Enthusiast, the knowledge we are sharing will help you take your HDR Photography to the next level. From our own experience we have found that HDR can be used as a very powerful tool in commercial architectural and real estate photography.

Most books and tutorials displaying nice HDR images inside won’t show you the 100% crop of the full sized image. You’ll never see that they contain artefacts, aberrations, loss of details, noise, blur, etc. inside of the image. You’ll only find those imperfections when it comes time to print your images.

This book will show you how to create clean, sharp, crisp and colorful mind-blowing images you will be proud of. We have used 4 HDR images to show you the whole path, from the capture to creation of the final image.

Two of them represent artistic work for HDR – landscape and urban landscapes (cities); and two examples show commercial use of HDR technique: interior and exterior shots from real commercial assignments. We have selected quite different images, so each one represents a different approach of HDR image creation. For example, one of the landscapes has five exposures in it, while the another only has two.


Examples of the images shown below.



  • About the Authors
  • About this Book

Chapter 1: What We Need to Start

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • HDR Shooting Techniques

Chapter 2: HDR Artistic Landscape

  • Shooting techniques
  • Assembling the Image in Photomatix Pro
  • Adjustment in Adobe Camera RAW
  • Problems Solving – Halo and Loosing Details
  • Adding Contrast
  • Sharpening for Print and for Web

 Chapter 3: HDR Artistic Urban

  • Shooting Techniques
  • Assembling the Image in Photomatix Pro
  • Cleaning and Color Adjustment
  • Halo Removing
  • Noise Reduction
  • Save for Web

Chapter 4: HDR Commercial Exterior

  • Shooting Techniques
  • Assembling an HDR Image using Layer Masks
  • Problem Solving
  • Correcting Perspective Distortion
  • Cleaning and Color Adjustments

Chapter 5: HDR Commercial Interior

  • Shooting Techniques
  • Merge Photos in Photomatix Pro
  • Color Adjustments and Cleaning
  • Correcting Perspective Distortion
  • Adding Partial Contrast to the Windows Using Mask
  • Adding Contrast Using Curves
  • Reducing Saturation
  • Noise Reduction

Afterword Links

Below are a a couple of sample pages which will help you understand what you will find in this e-book.


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