I have just installed a program on my Linux laptop called Enfuse. It is an exposure blending program that blends differently exposed images into a nice output image. I didn't have any decent photos that I are worth showing but the results on the test images are fantastic.
To do it I did the following steps:
- Took the photo in RAW.
- Developed the RAW file several times using different exposure compensations, normally negative one, zero and positive one.
- Saved each image as a bitmap.
- Blended them using enfuse using an output of bitmap.
- Edited the result using GIMP to crop and straighten etc.
- Saved the final image as a JPG
Using the bitmap format as an intermediate format made the files really big but there was no data loss like there would have been if I used the JPG format.
I will go through my photos and look for an image that I can apply this too.
EDIT: I found a half decent photo that demonstrates what enfuse does. This was developed using the exposure settings of neg 1, zero, pos 1 and pos 2.