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The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros’ Hottest Post–Processing Techniques, 2nd Edition by Rafael “RC” Concepcion

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Three. Creating a Tone–Mapped File

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HDR Is Tone Mapping

While many people see the HDR effect and say, “Oh, that’s a really cool HDR,” that’s not entirely correct. “HDR” is actually the term for the overall technology behind what you see. What you generate out of HDR-processing software is technically known as a “tone-mapped file,” but it just doesn’t sound as sexy.

HDR is all about making sure you make an image where you see all the details in the shadows, as well as the highlights, capturing an entire range of tonality. The problem here is that the file that comes out has so much range, your monitor has no way to show you all that detail. All ...

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