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How I do it:-
The method I use is either the setting commonly known as bracket or BKT on most cameras which takes three seperate images each at a different exposure level. I normally call this method automatic BKT and it is best used for fast shutter landscape photographs. The other method I use is what I call manual BKT. With this method I take five seperate images across the exposure settings. These are normally taken at -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2. I then use these five images to create the HDR image. Manual BKT is best used where there is no sky in the picture as the various software packages can struggle to overlap the moving clouds. One moving object that both automatic and manual BKT does not seem to have a problem with is water...? When doing any form of BKT photography it is heavily advised that you use a good steady tripod with a wireless or cable remote control so as to create as little movement as possible.
Another method of getting a single image to a HDR format in relatively good quality is to open the original up in Photoshop. Reduce and increase the light in the image saving each one as a seperate file. Then using the original and the two edited shots embed them into each other using the software. This does if lucky come out with some good results but believe me is mainly trial and error...?
Some HDR images I have seen on various web sites are well over the top and in most cases look very unreal. The ones I have taken are suttle and well balanced without them going to these extremes. Enjoy looking at them...!
There are various software packages that can be used to create the HDR image. The most common ones are Photoshop and Photomatix Pro.