I heard about HDR, High Dynamic Range while at a seminar. Some photographers favoured this technique, while others didn't.
I like HDR more for the creative scene than for general photography and decided to give it a try. I bought Photomatix and my first few attempts were terrible. I mean it was hard to look at the photos after.
I tried different tools in the program and no matter how I tried I just made a complete mess. I left the HDR adventure for awhile and while on Facebook I came across this:
The author provides a detailed "cookbook" on HDR that shows you from beginning to end how to use HDR software to your advantage. I also found out about Topaz Labs, which yes I also bought lol.
But it was worth it. Topaz Labs actually extended my PSE9 flexibility by adding a few more functions I didn't have like Vignette. I only found out about not having this function when working on a tutorial.
Topaz Labs has trials available if anyone is interested.
But back to HDR. This is a technique, that when mastered can yield some fantastic results. I'm still working on HDR, it isn't something you learn the first time round.
As far as I know from the search I did on DT, the accompanying photo is an HDR photo.
Oh, a thing of interest to note. The author also discusses creating two extra files before merging in HDR. My SLR can only produce 3 Auto Bracketing exposures, which limits the HDR. Adding two extra gives more character. I didn't know that TIFF's give more detail than JPEG when it comes to HDR.
So take a look, if you were wondering about HDR or were struggling with it, this is a very informative site.