• The HDRI Handbook 2.0

Christian Bloch

The HDRI Handbook 2.0

High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists

Contributing Authors: Uwe Steinmüller, Dieter Bethke, Bernhard Vogl
Januar 2013, 670 Seiten, komplett in Farbe, Broschur, mit DVD
Rocky Nook
ISBN Print: 978-1-937538-16-3

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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.

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, which are easy to follow with the material provided on the DVD. Beginners will get a methodically solid introduction and advanced readers will be able to refine their technique to perfection.

Whether you are a photographer, CG artist, compositor, or cinematographer, this book is sure to enlighten you.

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 Controllers and other devices for endless auto-bracketing
• RAW pre-processing and ghost removal
• Dozens of practical, easy-to-follow tutorials
• A structured approach to tonemapping
• Set etiquette and tips for capturing HDR panos for visual effects
• A companion DVD loaded with goodies

Auf der CD / DVD:

A new breed of community driven HDR software is included on the companion DVD, so you can hit the ground running.



  • Photographers
  • Designers
  • CG Artists

Autor / Autorin

Christian Bloch is a visual effects artists by trade and a photographer by passion. He lives and works in Hollywood, California. During the 12 years of his professional career he has worked on the television shows Star Trek Enterprise, Firefly, Lost, 24, NCIS, and Chuck, as well as several theatrical movies. His work has been rewarded with an Emmy Award as well as a nomination for the Visual Effects Society Award.

Bloch also holds an engineer’s degree in multimedia technology. In 2003 his diploma thesis (on HDRI, of course) was honored with the achievement award of the University of Applied Sciences Leipzig. In 2007 he realeased The HDRI Handbook, which was the first non-academic book on this subject, now available in six languages. Bloch has rewritten the book once more to produce The HDRI Handbook 2.0, incorporating so many updates that it has doubled in volume.

Many hints and tips in this book originated from Uwe Steinmueler, Dieter Bethke, and Bernhard Vogel, who contributed tutorials to the first edition. Also included are up-close interviews with Trey Ratcliff, Luke Kaven, Michael James, Anthony Gelot, Kirt Witte, Greg Downing, Eric Hanson, and Paul Debevec - all respected experts form different fields, whose personal roads to HDRI left heavy footprints all over this book.

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