Chapter Four, "Project: The Austin Capital," was one that took place on a rainy night in Texas. It was a shoot that almost didn't happen, but because of some friends of the author, it did, and it made for a remarkable image. Here you will see how to clean up imperfections, clean up colors, and more.
Chapter Five, "Project: Cloud Gate," is a place on the streets of Chicago where there is this bean-like structure. This is an evening shot with dark blue skies and deep colors. Here you begin post with Camera Raw processing to geometrically fix the image as well as perform Luminance Noise Reduction before moving on to Photoshop.
Chapter Six, "Project: Yosemite National Park," now looks at shooting during the daytime at a national park. The trick with this is dealing with the sky. To compensate, the author shoots more bracketed shots — in this case nine. In post, you will learn how to compensate for these kinds of conditions.
Chapter Seven, "Project: Hilton President Kansas City Lobby," examines shooting an indoor scene — this time a hotel lobby. The uniqueness of this shot is that it was done without the use of a tripod. Post processing includes the modification of saturation, adding texture, and the use of another Nik Software product: Color Efex pro.
Chapter Eight, "Project: Real Estate," takes a different look at shooting interiors. This time instead of the traditional bracketing method, here the brackets are based on changing the ISO setting. These images were shot using a point-and-shoot camera — a Nikon P7000 — and post examines how to work with noisier images.
Chapter Nine, "Project: People," concerns a very hard subject to shoot using HDR techniques because of the potential for movement. This project takes you through how this shot was captured and processed. What you will also see is how to processes the skin as people do not look good when processed in HDR.
Chapter 10, "Project: USS Sterett Panorama," takes you on board a Naval destroyer and examines what it takes to shoot a panoramic HDR image in a small confined space. In this project you will step through all the things that are necessary to create a high quality panoramic HDR image.
Chapter 11, "Project: Sunset at La Jolla," now takes on the concept of HDR as a painting. Through the use of HDR techniques and an Adobe plug-in, Pixel Bender, you will see the kind of techniques needed to turn an image in to a painting.