Just curious, has anyone tried to do HDR work without HDR software? I've been experimenting in GIMP (usually three layers, base, over- and under-exposed, with layer masks), but am not getting results that I'm happy with. Wondering if there are tricks to doing it without the specialized software.
Thanks for bumping it up, GiGi, and for the tutorial link, Amy. I've done the bracketed shots, though I did a different method of combining them (one tutorial I read that uses layer masks instead)... Maybe I will just try this method, or just keep trying. I just find that the images I get at the end are well-exposed but look flat, which is weird as most HDR stuff looks pretty dynamic. I'm not crazy about overly-done HDR, though... But seems strange I can't get a decent result!