The HDR Book

I’m pretty excited about this and figured i’d share. As soon as I finished the “Get Your Photography On The Web” book, i jumped right in and started working on book 2. This book would focus on the world of HDR Photography. I’m happy to say that the book is now available!

Why You Will Want To Get This Book
I dig running around making things into HDR works of art, as many people out there do. If you do a search on the bookshelf for HDR, you will find countless of people teaching the technique – Trey Ratcliff and Rick Sammon being dear to me (and David Nightingale, who also rocks it). I wanted to make something that was something a little different from what’s out there – almost focusing on something else on the process.

You see, creating an HDR image these days is pretty straightforward. Plug in some files into a software black box, jiggle some sliders and you’re done. This file that comes out, however, is only your halfway point in the path to making great HDR work. For your work to look like the masters out there, you really need to focus on one thing – post processing in Photoshop. You would be shocked to find out how much time is actually spent tweaking this HDR image with filters, plugins, effects, and TLC – just as you would affect a regular image. In short – the tonemapped file that you get one you run it through Photomatix or Nik’s HDR Efex Pro is really just your starting point.

That’s where this book comes in. I’ll talk about the HDR making process to start.. but I quickly leave that by chapter 3. The rest of the book is 13 projects where you get to tonemap and post process some of my HDR shots. The techniques are simple, but it’s the practicing that really gets you out there cutting your HDR chops. With 13 scenarios, you’ll have more than you need on your plate to get you up to speed in the world of HDR and Post Processing.

We Run The Whole Gamut of Styles
One of the other things that you see out there is that HDR has a very wide continuum of styles. From the ultra textured, hyper sharp, super colorzied, to the barely there, HDR – a lot of the war on whether people like is based on the fact that you can do so much with it. To that end, I cover that gamut in the book. We’ll process both ends, and even include things like HDR Faux Painting, and toning to Black and White with HDR (something I REALLY REALLY like now). My job isn’t to tell you what side of the continuum you should fall on when working on HDR. My job is to help teach you how it works, and YOU make that decision later.

You Get All The Sourcefiles
When I set out to make this book, I wanted to make sure that I included all of the raw project files so you can work on the projects along with me. From doing an interior real estate shoot with a NIkon P7000 point and shoot, to an exterior shoot with a 37 Megapixel Leica S2, to a 30 shot pano on the inside of a Navy Destroyer, ALL of the raw files will be available for you to use. All I ask is that when you post up, make sure you tell them about the book! I’ll even include presets for tonemapping for Photoshop, Photomatix, as well as my FAVORITE way to do HDR – HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software.

Speeder Bike Stormtrooper

Interviews with Some Great HDR People
I also wanted to take the opportunity to get out there and let you guys meet some people who are just passionate about HDR photography. From an avid Urbex explorer (who’s since become an industry guy, working for onOne Software) Brian Matiash, to Barb Cochran – a photographer who’s been able to find her passion in between flying planes and working HDR. Jim’s a Kentucky photographer who’s hobby has turned into some masterful work. Roger is the owner of Imagewizards – a company that’s dedicated to making HDR print on metal – something that is breathtaking to see. These are people, just like you and I .. who are out there playing around – and getting to celebrate them in the book was a true pleasure..

So there you have it. Why I wrote the book. Why you’ll want to get it. And why i’m so delighted to be able to announce it. I sure hope you enjoy it! Click on this link, or the book picture on the right to go to Amazon and preorder it.



  1. Sounds like a great read! Good practical information with plenty of opportunity to experiment and make it our own!

  2. Get the publisher to produce a kindle version and you have a sale.

  3. I’m really happy and excited for you, RC. I know this book will be a slam dunk. I also want to thank you for including me in it. Cheers to tons of success, my friend!

  4. Awesome!!! Im sure this one will kick a.. just like the first one you wrote.

    Any idea when the release date is set to? I cant wait until June, however, I will pre-order this one tonight!!

  5. RC, I was really excited about the book when you talked about it at PSW (especially in your post processing class), so I really can’t wait to get it! I know it’s going to be awesome.

  6. This is what I call a MUST for HDR photographers! Thanks RC 🙂

  7. Wow! Didn’t think you would be done with this book so soon, RC! Your first book was excellent…I would expect this book to be excellent as well. Thanks!!


  8. I am so getting this in a Digital Version! Though, how will you sign a digital copy on my iPad? Hmmm…..

  9. RC,
    Just pre-ordered the paperback version of The HDR Book at B&N. Was wondering if it is going to someday be published as an ePUB and if there will be an upgrade price/discount for paperback owners?

  10. My pre-order is in. Can’t wait. -Craig

  11. Could you write a class for how dreamweaver cs5 work with go daddy for kelbytraining . I have been uploading my site from godaddy’s ftp program instead of dreamweaver cs5 because it doesn’t want to upload is this a common problem? Iam a NAPP Member and subscribe to kelbytraining

  12. RC, are you going to be signing copies of this book if it’s ordered thru Kelby Training?


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  15. RC, I am interested in the Kindle version. Are the photographs in the book in colour on the Kindle version.
    I know the Kindle can only display in black and white; I have an i-pad so presume they are in colour?


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  17. Wanted to first say how much I enjoyed the HDR webinar on 8/1/2011. I use the HDR Efex Pro in CS5 and LR. HDR is a passion I have injected into my photography, and have posted several images on my NAPP portfolio. I am eagerly looking forward to the HDR book and DVD.

  18. Hi RC, Just finished watching the webcast re-broadcast. Last year I purchased the Unified Color Tech, HDR Expose. I’ve done very little HDR to date but look forward to getting more into it, haven’t even tried the CS5 HDR yet. My question is: The professional photolab I use will only take an 8 bit file. HDR Expose produces a 32 bit file. The lab claims there would be no appreciable loss with going 8 bit. What is your opinion on that? It would seem that some of the effect would be lost by throwing away data. Look forward to hearing your view.
    Thanks, Larry

  19. I bought your HDR book and I’ve also attended your HDR class at Photoshop World. I heard you say at the class and read in the book that your tonemapped photo does not come back to the group of bracketed pictures in the Lightroom grid in Library. Try staking the pictures together in Library before doing any processing, then export to Photomatix. Check the group with the “Stack with first selected photo” option in the Photomatix dialog box. I do that and the tonemapped picture comes right back to my original group.

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  21. I enjoy your HDR book Kindle edition.

    In my opinion we need your update for Photomatix 4.1.3 new sliders on the address. They are slightly different from those in the book…

    Thanks RC

  22. Any update for Nik Efex Pro 2 ?

  23. Hi RC

    do you conduct one on one tutorial on line ?
    i am very keen


  24. Hi RC
    Just a quick message to say have just finished reading your book HDR (2) for the second time in the week since it arrived (just in case I missed anything the first time around) . This book should come with a health warning and a financial implication warning, I bought Photomatix Pro on your recommendation! Wow what a ride, I have used Photoshop and Lightroom for quite a few years for my HDR work. I tried Phx P on a photo that I had already rejected !!!!!!!! The health warning is because I kept all my RAW copies back to 2007 and am now working my way back through the rejects (my wife will hit me with something heavy and hard if I spend more time on my machine). The financial warning is because I am going to need larger hard drives to store all these now beautiful photographs (even single copies).

    I am a retired School Head (Principal) Teacher and photography is my obsessive hobby.

    Many, many thanks for a wonderful book.

    Give me chance to recover before Book 3 is released!

    Dave B

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