As you probably already know, Trey Ratcliff - the guy behind StuckInCustoms.com, the #1 travel photography blog in the world - released in December a great book called A World in HDR, which I had the pleasure of reading. The book presents the art of HDR mastered by Trey Ratcliff, and it presents it with a very nice sense of humor and passion that it makes you really excited to try it out if you are a beginner, or to improve your skills if you are already a pro.

Trey's excitement, passion, talent and humor are a extremely evolving reading, getting our interest throughout the whole book. His adventures, trips partners (the urban legend Yuri), tricks and 'sunsets fixation' are able to evolve readers off all kinds, those interested in photography, HDR lovers (and also the 'haters'), art lovers, general readers and those curious people that like stunning images.

The book explains the world of HDR... it gives us an insight about it, what it is, what is the concept about it and how is it that he does it. By the course of the book you will appreciate the whole range of colors so much that you will think why is it that you are not doing your own HDR to share with your lovely ones. You will get so excited about colors, light and tripods that you will finish the book and will run out of your house to try your fist experiment... and as in my case, you will see that is needs more than reading to get to do it right, but at least will will take the first step.

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I made here a selection of some of my favorite images from the book and also some of my favorite quotes from Trey. I really recommend this book either you are a photographer wannabe (like me), a pro or a photography lover. The images and reading will surely conquer you... Enjoy! :)

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

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A Snowy Night at the Kiev Opera House

Ultimately, I believe we are traversing the most exciting period in the history of photography. The use of emerging visualization tools combined with your creative spirit can make something that is singularly beautiful and uniquely yours.

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Farewell India

Road shots are always fun, and although I hate to offer this advice because it is dangerous, it is often best to be in the exact center of the road.

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The Open Road

Don't worry about getting caught. Churches are much more lenient that they were during the Inquisition.

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Notre Dame of Lyon

You must check out Trey's step by step of how to enter into cathedrals with tripods... it's really cool.

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The Airy Doom of the Duomo

Wake up early when you are in a new place. I don't like waking up early, and those who say they do might just be lying. But the light is usually so good that you can't sleep through it.

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Masts and Shafts

This is my favorite image of all! I just loved this place, the light, the boats, the water...everything.

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A Small Carousel in France

If you want to take an HDR photo, it is fundamentally important that you capture as much light as possible when you are on the scene with your camera.

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The Fallout Bunker

I encourage you not to stay indoors during a storm, unless there is lightning of course, in which case you should probably stay inside. Otherwise, forget what your mom told you about rain.

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Fourth on Lake Austin

The Tutorials & Some Further Tips

At chapter 5 you will find tutorials that will guide you through the process of producing a HDR using the Stuck in Customs Style. The tut is easy to follow (even for a beginner like me) and you won't find those difficult terms or commands that you don't have a clue about it. But the important thing about this is that Trey also gives a perspective of the whole process, camera, tripod, taking the photo and so on. So if you are really just starting this, you will have now a good background of info to do it. And at chapter 6 he gives us some good advices about software and tools.

I will show you the results of my first HDR attempts to show that if I could manage to achieve this (without having good photoshop skills), you can certainly do better!! I certainly need to go wild on the lights x contrast next time. By the way, my mom said the images look great for a beginner. =)

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First Attempt

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Second Attempt

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Check out more about Trey here at Abduzeedo:

Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images

Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images #2

A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff

A HDR Experiment by Fabio:

HDR Experiments and RAWs for download

About the author of this post

I'm Gisele Muller, someone who loves communication, design, creativity, technology and everything in between. A brazilian current living in San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Twitter user: @gismullr