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The HDR Book: Unlocking the Secrets of High Dynamic Range Photography by Rafael Concepcion

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Three. Creating a Tone Mapped File

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Which Is the Best HDR Software?

One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “Which is the best software to use for making HDR images?” Many people are surprised when I say “All of them,” as if I were trying to be cagey about sharing what my true favorite is. The fact of the matter is that it’s a lot like listening to someone playing the guitar.

Take B.B. King, for example. B.B. is considered “The King of the Blues.” Listen to “Every Day I Have the Blues” or “The Thrill Is Gone” and you’ll hear a very distinct sound, and that sound is made by his guitar, Lucille—a custom-built Gibson ES-355. Now, listen to ...

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