If you're toying with the idea of getting into HDR yourself, then fear not, there is absolutely no need to rush out and buy the best equipment that money can buy. However, depending on the camera equipment you currently own, a little investment before you start might help to improve your results.

-  Flick through your camera's instruction manual and find the chapter all about 'AEB' (Automatic Exposure Bracketing) and check to see if your camera can take at least 3 bracketed photographs at a spacing of 2EV. This seems to the most popular combination required to produce a decent looking HDR image.

-  Lost the manual? Panic not. You can find nearly every camera's AEB capabilities here.

-  If you have a decent wide angle lens, then that should get you going.

-  Consider buying a tripod. No, really. Consider buying a tripod. Photos taken on one will save you processing time and definitely improve your results.

-  ... and maybe think about a remote shutter release (you can always use your camera's timer if not).

-  A word to the wise, I suggest you invest in Photomatix Pro to process your images. It's very easy to learn and ticks all the right boxes for both the novice and the pro.

-  If your camera has the facility, then consider taking and processing your photos in RAW format.

... of course, the above is dependent on your budget and level of interest.

To give you an idea of what I'm using, here's the hardware:

-  Canon 6D

-  Canon 17mm-40mm lens

-  Manfrotto tripod with joystick head (levels a lot quicker and is far less 'fiddly' than other heads)

-  Canon RS-80N3 remote shutter cable


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