I’ve been creating HDR photographs for about six years, so I am well-versed in this topic!
There are a number of HDR Software packages available on the market. Some are free and some cost money. I have tried the vast majority of these packages. Because this site is considered on of the top HDR Photography websites on the web, companies often send me their packages to test.
It’s always been my goal to find the easiest and most robust software. Regular fans of the site know that I only review and recommend software that I actually use. In my humble opinion, Photomatix Pro is the best HDR Software available. I send a lot of photographers over there, and they gave me a Photomatix Coupon Code of “TREYRATCLIFF” for 15% off. You can order it (or get a free trial) from the Photomatix webpage.
I’ve met with many HDR expert photographers and the vast majority of them are lovers of this software like me. It’s easy to use, the UI is very slick, and it’s quite fast. Moreover, I’ve spoken on the phone with the owner of the company and she is very nice. She’s committed to making the best product available, and I appreciate that as a photographer. She reads all feedback and takes all suggestions very seriously.
I have a nice free how-to guide and HDR Tutorial available here on the site if you want to learn how to use the product.
You do not really need a special type of camera, but I do have my HDR Camera recommendations here on the site. There is a bit more explanation there, in addition to a description of my own personal gear.
Below, I have put a few photos of both the software being used and some of the results. The first one is of the Photomatix interface.