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Practical HDRI--New from Rocky Nook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers

September 10, 2008

Practical HDRI Santa Barbara, CA—In the newest book from Rocky Nook—Practical HDRI ($32.95 USD)—well-known expert Jack Howard leads you on an exploration into the exciting new frontier of High Dynamic Range Imaging. HDRI is a method to digitally capture, store, and edit the full luminosity range of a scene in ways that are just not possible with a single captured image.

Jack’s illustrated text is easy to understand as he takes you from the initial image capture and into the digital darkroom. Here is where you will learn to use this cutting edge photographic technique to achieve spectacular results.

Covered are the most popular and effective HDR programs such as Adobe Photoshop CS3, FDRTools, Dynamic Photo HDR, Photomatix Pro, and more.

Topics include:

  • Illustrated step-by-step tutorials
  • Basic and advanced workflows
  • Post-production optimization for both web and print
  • File management
  • Advice on cameras and software
  • A wealth of HDR images, ranging from subtle to surreal
  • Real-world shooting tips from Jack’s personal experiences as both a creative photographer and photojournalist.

HDR imaging for the photographer 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 in Practical HDRI is on the creative process and how to make it work for you—rather than the science behind it.

For a review copy or more information please email rockynookpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Jack Howard first picked up an SLR camera as a teenager over twenty years ago and has been exploring the photographic process ever since. Starting in the wet darkroom and now exploring cutting-edge digital imaging techniques, he's thoroughly embraced the evolution of the photographic process.

Currently, Jack is Editor of PopPhoto.com/Popular Photography where he tests and reviews cameras, lenses, software, camera bags, photo-related gadgets, and more. He is also a contributing editor to American Photo.

He's an established photojournalist, whose work has appeared in "The New York Times", "The Asbury Park Press", and "The Star-Ledger" newspapers.

Jack holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in History, with Minors in English and American Studies from Rutgers University. His photographic skills are self-taught, although having a photographer for a father, and two brothers who are also mad for cameras has helped a lot along the way.

Jack lives in New Jersey with his wife Corey and their German Shepherd dog, Bailey, a betta fish, Flash, and more camera gadgets than you can shake a stick at.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, see the catalog page for Practical HDRI.

Practical HDRI
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Jack Howard
ISBN: 9781933952321, 170 pages, $32.95 USD

About Rocky Nook
Rocky Nook's books are distributed internationally by O'Reilly Media.

Rocky Nook was founded in early 2006 in Santa Barbara, California, and is closely associated with dpunkt.verlag, a leading publisher of books on technology based in Heidelberg, Germany. The focus of Rocky Nook's publications is on digital photography and computing.

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