I watched a line of photographers capture a dull lake while something amazing was happening behind them. Often photographers are forced to choose between better lighting and better scenery. Which one is better?
I almost never post photos from my first visit to an area. Most of my photos are the result of multiple attempts at a location and some photos took as many as 8 attempts to get; call it eighth time lucky.
A comparison of hand blending multiple exposures in photoshop by hand vs hdr software like photomatix. Although software has advanced I still prefer the balance of realism and creative interpretation of photoshop.
This article demonstrates how I use high dynamic range (HDR) techniques to blend multiple exposures and includes examples with raw images. This covers the basic foundation of my post-processing workflow.