Secrets to Mastering HDR Photography

Jun 20, 2011 | tutorials

“Create Breathtaking Photographs
with Captain Kimo’s HDR Techniques.”

This 210 page eBook I reveal all my secrets for creating beautiful HDR photos. Follow along as I take you step by step through my entire HDR process. Learn by doing with example files and easy to follow instructions. I explain each step in detail and tell you why I do what I do. This is my complete HDR workflow from beginning to end.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Photomatix Lesson
Step by step guide to using Photomatix Pro, explaining each slider and how I use them in my tone mapping process.

Chapter 2 – Photomatix Tips
10 Tips for using Photomatix and how to get better results.

Chapter 3 – Layer Masking 101
I cover basic layer masking techniques by showing you how I create blended HDR photos with Photoshop CS5.

Chapter 4 – Photoshop Lesson
Step-by-step guide using Photoshop CS5 for post processing the final HDR photo.

Chapter 5 – Photoshop Techniques
10 Photoshop techniques that I use for processing HDR photos to make them look even better.

Chapter 6 – Get Better Exposures
10 Tips for getting better exposures with your digital camera.

Chapter 7 – Secrets Revealed
10 HDR photos and the secret technique that made them shine.

Chapter 8 – Get Inspired
10 Inspiring HDR photos and how to get them.

Who is this book for?

  • If you use Photomatix and Photoshop for processing your HDR images but can’t seem to get the results you’re after, then this book is for you!
  • If you need a better understanding of Photomatix’s tone mapping options, then this book is for you!
  • If you want to spice up your HDR images using Photoshop, then this book is for you!
  • And simply put, for the advance or novice HDR fanatics, if you’ve ever wondered how I produce the photos on this site, then this book is for you!

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Rob Hanson from writes about Captain Kimo and his eBook.

I first encountered Kim “Captain Kimo” Seng by the recommendation of a mutual friend who said that Kim was freely sharing tips and techniques on his website. Sure enough, on one of my first forays to Kim’s site, I picked up several valuable techniques that I still use regularly.

Since then, I’ve been a steady admirer of Kim’s outstanding HDR work and a frequent visitor to his site. I never walk away empty-handed, as Kim keeps putting his work, his ideas, and his personality ‘out there’ for all to see.

Today’s HDR marketplace is packed full of websites, blogs, and tutorials, and amongst these there are a few people who have risen to luminary status within the community. To get to that level, one has to have solid and consistent output, a steady visible presence, and be willing to share information freely with the rest of us. Kim has all three of those qualities.

This ebook from Kim is packed with goodies and information that will be useful to novices and more experienced HDR photographers alike. (I was taking notes while reading it.) Unlike some offerings in the marketplace, this ebook ‘over-delivers’ information relative to its affordable price, and that’s the Captain Kimo I’ve come to know. The tutorials are clear and concise, and the photographs are beautiful. In the book, Kim says that he’s always adapting and innovating, seeking to improve his photography. It’s hard to imagine, but if he does, I’m sure he’ll let us know how it’s done, and that’s a beautiful thing in its own right.

-Rob Hanson

What other shutterbugs and HDR lovers are saying about, “Secrets to Mastering HDR Photography.”

“I highly recommend this eBook. Excellent work on all levels. Information is thorough, user friendly and well written. Use of typefaces is professional. Design and layout is professional, clean, and easy to follow. Also pleasant use of white space.”

-Linda King- Designer/Photographer

“You have written an exceptional eBook. I have read several books on processing HDR photos but your book has risen to the top. I am recommending it to our photo club as must reading. You should submit it to a publisher.”


“Kim, this is so well done!!! I love the amount of detail and step by step information you put into this. I love your dedication!!! It shocked me at first, but in a good way. Love it!”


“Truly, I’m VERY impressed. Love the layout and simplicity of the instructions. I’ve read a number of HDR books and your book is super easy to follow, especially for those who are new to this.”


“I have every hard copy book, every ebook and every DVD I could find on HDR and yours is by the far the best I’ve seen. What I like about it most, is the detail and explanation you go into on each step in the final HDR process.”


“Very informative and professional. I think you did a great job and I’m not just saying that.”

-Bruce W.

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Captain Kimo’s Guarantee

I know I can’t please everyone, so if for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, then I will refund you your money back. To receive Captain Kimo’s guarantee, you must request a refund within 30 days of purchase.

About the Author

I’ve been post processing images for over a decade. I graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale receiving Best of Portfolio with a degree in Computer Graphics and Animation. Since 1998 I’ve worked professionally as a graphic artist, web designer and illustrator. Currently, I work as a freelance landscape/travel photographer earning commission through my photos. My blog is dedicated solely to the art of HDR photography, and is updated regularly with photos, tutorials, articles and reviews, all of which is related to high dynamic range photography.