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Intr oduction
1.1 Basic Questions
1.1.1 What is dynamic range?
1.1.2 What was an exposure value again?
1.1.4 Isn’t dynamic range an audio unit?
1.1.6 Tell me then, what is HDRI?
1.2 How We See the World
1.2.1 Adaptation
1.2.2 Nonlinear response
1.2.3 Local adaptation
1.3 How Lifelike Is Film Photography?
1.3.1 The chemistry that makes it work
1.3.2 Where the chemistry is flawed
1.3.3 How about analog postprocessing?
1.3.4 What’s wrong with digital?
1.4 Traditional Digital Images
1.4.1 Let’s talk about bits
1.4.3 Born to be seen through gamma goggles
1.4.5 More bits
1.4.6 Nondestructive editing
1.5 Splitting the Bit
1.5.1 Seeing is believing
1.5.2 Rethinking color management
1.5.4 But what is the immediate advantage?
1.6 Output Media
1.6.1 The death of the cathode ray tube
1.6.2 The chicken-and-egg problem
1.6.3 On into a bright future
1.7 Chapter 1 Quiz
1.8 Spotlight: Trey Ratcliff
2.1 HDR File Format Reviews
2.1.10 Private Formats
2.2 HDR File Format Comparison
2.2.1 Size matters!
2.2.2 Conclusion
2.3 HDR Software Reviews
2.3.1 Mac OS X
2.3.2 FastPictureViewer Codec Pack
2.3.3 Adobe Bridge
2.3.4 XnView
2.3.5 Bracket
2.3.6 Photosphere
2.3.7 HDR Shop
2.3.8 Picturenaut
2.3.9 Photomatix Pro
2.3.10 FDRTools Advanced
2.3.11 Hydra Pro
2.3.12 HDR Expose
2.3.13 HDR Express
2.3.14 Dynamic Photo HDR
2.3.15 PhotoEngine
2.3.16 SNS-HDR Pro
2.3.17 HDR Photo Pro
2.3.18 HDR Efex Pro
2.3.19 Fhotoroom HDR
2.3.20 CinePaint/GIMP
2.3.21 Photoshop CS5
3.1 Digital Imaging Sensors
3.1.1 The Problem
3.1.2 CCDs and Orange Trees
3.1.3 CMOS Sensors Are Different
3.1.4 Backside Illumination
3.1.5 High Gain – Low Gain
3.1.6 Digital Pixel Sensor
3.1.7 Spatially Varying Exposure
3.1.8 Super CCD
3.1.9 Beamsplitter and Dedicated Optics
3.1.10 Quo Vadis?
3.2 Bracketing and Merging HDRIs
3.2.1 Exposure Bracketing
A word on analog
What is in your backpack?
Camera settings
Shooting brackets
Double-check the histogram!
Ghosts and other fundamental issues
3.2.2 Faster, Further, Automatic!
Shooting with autobracketing
Bracketing order
JPEG or RAW?
The double-burst trick
Handheld capture
Tripod capture
Don’t touch this
Tethered shooting
External Bracketing Controllers
Hacking your camera
Bracketing comparison
3.2.3 Calibrating Your Camera
3.2.4 Pre-processing RAW Files
3.2.5 Merging to HDRI
3.2.6 Alignment Strategies
3.2.7 Ghostbusters!
yPhotoshop’s guided ghost removal
Optical Flow
4.1 Hello Op erator?
4.1.1 Global Operators
4.1.2 Local Operators
4.2 The Art of Toning
4.2.1 Di sciplines and Objectives
4.3 Bes t Practice Tips
4.3.1 Sev en Aesthetic Considerations
4.3.2 Systematic Approach with Zones
4.3.3 B eware of Common Artifacts
4.4 Wo rkflow Examples
4.4.1 Monu mental Landscape
4.4.3 U rban Exploration and Grunge Looks
4.4.4 Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
yMixing it up at the Yamashiro
4.4.5 Ma nual Dodge-and-Burn Techniques
yMagic tricks with luminance masks
4.4.6 Painterly an d Stylized Looks
4.4.7 Toning 360 Panoramas
4.5 Chapter 4 Quiz
4.6 Spotlight: AntoXIII
5.1.1 Day for Night by Blocking Light
5.1.2 Understanding the Color Picker
5.1.3 Painting with Light
5.1.4 Color Grading with Levels
5.2 Effect Filters the More Effective Way
5.2.1 Motion Blur
5.2.2 Glow and Bleeding
5.2.3 Vignetting
5.2.4 Film Looks
5.3 Common Gotchas
5.3.1 Will It Blend?
5.3.2 Beware the Curve Inversion!
5.3.3 Eighteen Percent Gray
5.3.4 Safe and Unsafe Resampling Filters
5.3.5 Don’t Be So Negative!
5.4 Chapter 5 Quiz
5.5 Spotlight: Kirt Witte
6.1 Pano Lingo
6.1.1 Field of View
6.1.2 Image Projections
6.1.3 Yaw, Pitch, and Roll
6.2 One-Shot Cameras
6.3 Mirror Ball Technique
6.3.1 Looking into a Mirror
6.3.2 The Shoot
6.3.3 Putting the Panorama Together
6.4 Segmental Capture
6.4.1 Basic Premises
6.4.2 Getting the Right Gear
6.4.3 Finding the Nodal Point
6.4.4 Planning for the Right Angles
6.4.5 The Shoot
6.4.6 Putting It All Together
6.4.7 Direct HDR Stitching with PTGui Pro
6.4.8 Removing the Tripod
6.4.9 Hybrid Stitching Workflow
6.4.10 Big, Bigger, Giga
6.7.4 Pano Reprojection
6.8 Chapter 6 Quiz
7.1 Principles of CGI
7.1.1 Traditional Rendering
7.1.2 Physically Based Rendering
7.4.1 HDR Video Light Probes
7.4.2 Blend Multiple HDR Panos
7.4.3 Reconstruct the Set in 3D
7.5 Light Rigs
7.5.1 Extracting Lights
7.5.2 HDR Cookies
7.5.3 HDR Cards
7.6 Painting and Remixing HDRIs
7.7 Chapter 7 Quiz
7.8 Spotlight: Paul Debevec
Appendix
8.2 Cheat Slips and Useful Charts
8.3 Recommended Literature
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The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists

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

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In 2007, The HDRI Handbook was the first book to present this revolutionary new field to a larger audience. These days HDRI is a fully mature technology available to everyone. Real estate and landscape photographers have adopted it as part of their regular workflow, it has become one of the hottest trends for ambitious amateurs and creative professionals alike, and the modern movie industry would be completely dysfunctional without it.

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Topics include:- Understanding the foundation of HDRI- HDR software comparisons and evaluations- Capturing HDR images: today and tomorrow- Tonemapping for creating superior prints- HDR image processing and compositing- Shooting and stitching HDR panoramas- Image-based lighting and CG rendering

2.0 updates include:- New cameras, sensors, and HDR beamsplitter rigs- Open Camera Controller for endless auto-bracketing- Correct RAW pre-processing and ghost removal- Dozens of practical, easy-to-follow tutorials- A structured approach to tonemapping, inspired by Ansel Adams- Set etiquette and tips for capturing HDR panos for visual effects- Seven artist spotlights showing unique perspectives on HDRI- Seven crossword puzzles: a fun way to test yourself

! BONUS DVD ONLY WITH THE PRINT EDITION (NOT AVAILABLE WITH eBOOKS) !

! BONUS DVD ONLY WITH THE PRINT EDITION (NOT AVAILABLE WITH eBOOKS) !

In 2007, The HDRI Handbook was the first book to present this revolutionary new field to a larger audience. These days HDRI is a fully mature technology available to everyone. Real estate and landscape photographers have adopted it as part of their regular workflow, it has become one of the hottest trends for ambitious amateurs and creative professionals alike, and the modern movie industry would be completely dysfunctional without it.

Now The HDRI Handbook 2.0 redefines its own gold standard. It has been completely rewritten and is packed with practical hints and tips, background knowledge, reference tools, breathtaking artist portfolios, and inspiring interviews. The book includes dozens of new step-by-step tutorials. Beginners will get a methodically solid introduction and advanced readers will be able to refine their technique to perfection.

Topics include:- Understanding the foundation of HDRI- HDR software comparisons and evaluations- Capturing HDR images: today and tomorrow- Tonemapping for creating superior prints- HDR image processing and compositing- Shooting and stitching HDR panoramas- Image-based lighting and CG rendering

2.0 updates include:- New cameras, sensors, and HDR beamsplitter rigs- Open Camera Controller for endless auto-bracketing- Correct RAW pre-processing and ghost removal- Dozens of practical, easy-to-follow tutorials- A structured approach to tonemapping, inspired by Ansel Adams- Set etiquette and tips for capturing HDR panos for visual effects- Seven artist spotlights showing unique perspectives on HDRI- Seven crossword puzzles: a fun way to test yourself

! BONUS DVD ONLY WITH THE PRINT EDITION (NOT AVAILABLE WITH eBOOKS) !

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