HDR is all the rage today. Wherever you turn, it's there. It's the new toy of the techno-aware photographers. And as more and more people are learning how following simple steps they can create surreal looking imagery, some crucial points are overlooked, people are failing to distinguish between the deep concept of HDR and just copying the its looks.
The myth I will try to dispel in this article: what's real HDR and what just looks like HDR. I'll also be talking about the concept of HDR, some related procedures like HDR merge and tone-mapping, when to use HDR and when not to bother, some basic prerequirements, how to shoot and bracket etc.
This article will focus on some rarely discussed issues, so what I won't be talking about is how to actually do the HDR merge once you have the images. There are literally thousands of detailed tutorials with plenty of good examples to walk you through, step-by-step. Just type "hdr tutorial" in any search engine, or look for link