Our book review of Mastering High Dynamic Range Photography in Paperback by Michael Freeman and published by Ilex

Title: Mastering High Dynamic Range Photography

Author: Michael Freeman

ISBN: 1905814240

Publisher: Ilex

Edition: Paperback

RRP: £17.99

Dimensions: 160 pages, 23.2 x 20.6 x 1.2 cm

If you’ve read recent issues of this magazine, or spent any time searching websites such as Flickr, then you’ll be aware of the proliferation of HDR, or high dynamic range, photography. Yet despite the wealth of information, guidance and opinion available, the technique remains untamed by a great deal of photographers – a sign of both its difficulty and intricacy.

In the book Mastering High Dynamic Range Photography, Freeman dissects HDR into its component stages – scenes and visions, capturing and generating the images, tonemapping and a general take on the HDR workflow. Throughout the title, even the most intense technology is handled in an easy-to-understand manner, with Freeman’s narrative allowing the reader time to digest the information. In the chapter titled ‘HDR scenes and visions’, for example, Freeman pairs explanation with illustrations and captions, meaning that the reader can chose to either allow Freeman to explain at length, or instead pick and choose smaller access points to understand the theory. Either way, the book proves to be a valuable reference tool for all your HDR needs.

What Digital Camera Rating: 88%