I love the natural beauty... but today's ordinary cameras (like mine) "see" less than the human eye.
The camera sees the dynamic range of approximately 5 exposures, and the human eye sees 9-10 exposure.
I want to show the viewer what I really saw, not what my camera managed to capture, so that is why I use HDR.
Types of HDR photos
1. True HDR made from multiple differently exposed photos
2. Pseudo HDR made from one photo
For true HDR it's very important to use a tripod when taking a photo, and to use a remote trigger.
For pseudo-HDR (HDR made from one photo) it's important not to have any part of the photo over-exposed (because the over-exposed parts are permanently lost).
Always shoot in RAW format, especially for pseudo HDR
For scenes with a lot of movement use pseudo HDR
In the processing always use TIFF format because there is no loss of quality.
For HDR I use Photomatix.
For a true HDR I use 3 differently exposed photos (2, 0 -2)
Sometimes I make two additinal copies of each exposure and in the RAW editor adjust the exposures so I have 4,3,2,1,0, -1, -2, -3, -4
For pseudo HDR I make 8 additinal copies of photo and tune exposures (4,3,2,1,0, -1, -2, -3, -4)
Every photo I additionally processed in PS (shadows / highlights, contrast, noise reduction, sharpening).
To HDR photo looks more realistic, I am using a technique invented by myself, which is similar to the Orton effect. In a new layer paste photo overexposed 3 times, choose the blending mode "Multiply", and put the opacity to about 75%
HDR photo has a lot of noise, so it is important quality noise reduction.
I hope you find these tips useful, greetings! :-)