Chapter 1. Welcome to the World in HDR

I saw the light. Now I want to tell you about it.

Just a few years ago I embarked on a journey into the world of visualization. Along the way, I’ve been joined by many new friends who share my excitement for capturing this elusive world of light. I’d like to begin this book by thanking all of them for making this grand experiment possible.

In the beginning, I saw High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging as an amazing mechanism to help people capture the world in new and exciting ways. I began extensive trials and invited the world to join the HDR community, provide feedback, and share what they learned and created. It seemed that art was evolving as quickly as the mechanisms for social sharing and distribution online. ...

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