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2. THOROUGHNESS. When I deal with a subject, I aim to cover as much ground as there is to cover. So when you're done with this guide, you should have a wide understanding of the issues, the key players, the opportunities and the challenges.
3. ACCESSIBILITY. You don't have to be a technical expert to read this guide. I do my very best to provide clear, easy to understand examples and graphics, and avoid complex equations and formulas so anyone can acquire key knowledge.
With 7 major families of workflows, 4 competing distribution formats, 5 display technologies and more on the way, it is easy to get lost in the "jungle" of HDR. This guide, the result of 4 years of research and field tests, covers the entire HDR chain from lighting to capture, post-production, encoding, delivery and display. It includes a comprehensive dictionary of terms related to HDR - an important foundation for teams wishing to communicate and collaborate effectively in this emerging medium. With examples, figures and examples, the guide avoids complicated mathematical formulas, focusing on the practical implications of successfully implementing HDR.