One of my favorite ways to capture a shot is with HDR. High Dynamic Range photography is rapidly becoming more popular around the world. The general idea is this. You take 3 shots at different exposures and blend them together to form one shot. By doing so, you can create some amazingly well exposed photos!
Many of you have asked me "How do you do that?" in my photos. "Your photos look like paintings" is a common comment. Most of the time people are looking at an HDR shot I've taken when they ask this.
You should familiarize yourself with the Auto Bracketing feature in your camera. Some point and shoots don't have this feature, but many do. Most DSLR cameras will have this feature.
Practice bracketing shots in RAW format at -2, 0, and +2 exposures.
There are many software packages you can use for HDR. My photo tips will center around a program called "Photomatix". You can download a free trial of this software here http://www.hdrsoft.com/download.html. I'll do my best to teach you a few things I know about HDR photography. I'll point you in the direction of a great HDR blog in a future photo tip. So...download your free trial and get ready for some fun.
Here is an HDR shot I took the other day. It was an overcast morning with light drizzle, but I was still able to capture this shot at the San Diego Harley Davidson "Bless the Bikes" event on top of Mt. Solidad.