Christian Bloch


Christian Bloch is a highly acclaimed visual effects artist who works and lives in Hollywood, California. During the six years of his professional career, he has created effects for the TV shows StarTrek:Enterprise, Smallville, Invasion, Lost, 24, and Studio 60, as well as several movies and commercials. His work has been rewarded with an Emmy Award, as well as a nomination for the Visual Effects Society Award. He has been a pioneer in the practical application of HDRI in postproduction, specifically under the budgetary and time constraints of TV production.

Bloch earned a degree in multimedia technology. Years of research and development went into his diploma thesis about HDRI, which was honored with the achievement award of the University of Applied Sciences Leipzig. Since his thesis was published online in July 2004 , it has been downloaded more than 15,000 times, and it has been established as the primary source of information on HDR in Germany. This book is the successor to Bloch's diploma thesis, rewritten completely from the ground up in English, and heavily expanded and updated.


The HDRI Handbook (Rocky Nook) by Christian Bloch November 2007
The HDRI Handbook (Rocky Nook) by Christian Bloch November 2007


The HDRI Handbook is a pretty hefty textbook dedicated to the art of HDR imaging and sets out to fill you in on every single detail going...all the bases of the subject are covered, which is something few other books can do on the subject.”
— Corel Painter, Issue 18
“Holy smokes, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I opened the cover of The HDRI Handbook. I’m a technical guy and have worked quite a bit in the high tech world. I also have a Mechanical Engineering degree, so even though my expectations for a book on High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) were pretty high, I had no idea that the book would challenge my skills and give my brain a run for its money! ..Since reading through the book, I have already opened it as a reference at least ten times. On a recent trip to Maui, I took a number of shots with the expectation of turning them into HDR images. I used the techniques outlined in The HDRI Handbook to create some fantastic results. I love the look of HDR images and I can’t wait to make more of my own using my new knowledge.”
— Mike Hagen, Out There Images
“This beautifully designed and printed full-color book matches the quality of its contents with the quality of its appearance. The author skillfully and clearly presents the world of High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI), a technology that enables the digital capture and editing of all light in a scene. The reader is presented with a full description of the technology, how it can be integrated into a digital workflow, how to capture HDRI images and process and composite them, and much more.”
— Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report
The HDRI Handbook is truly an amazing source of information on creating HDR images. There is something for photographers, graphic designers, and artists of all types. It does a great job of describing the current state of HDRI as well as the potential for the future of the art. The author, in detail, covers both the history and the science behind High Dynamic Range Imaging and does it in a methodical and detailed manner. He covers the software, shooting techniques and about everything else that is needed to make you more proficient at creating HDR images. If you are serious about photography, serious about creating a new vision in imaging then The HDRI Handbook is a must own.”
— T. Michael Testi, Blogcritics Magazine
“For me it's the most exciting book about digital photography I've read in a long time. Why? Because it points into to the future , and isn't not a sidelong or backwards glance at workflows based on last year's state of technology.”
— Ellis Vener