Let me preface this by saying that I've done a bunch of searching through these threads and really haven't gotten a good understanding of the software and file types I should be working with to make these HDR images. I might have just missed it somewhere, so if someone has an all-inclusive link, thanks ahead of time.
I've seen that this type of processing is available in Photoshop, but can't seem to find the steps to make it happen. I have PS 5.0. A little older, but not as heavy on the PC as some of the newer ones. Am I able to do the necessary steps to make these images in 5.0? Am I just manually layering the pictures in the order from under-exposed to over-exposed or is there another program that will do this for me?
Also, I will probably be shooting RAW which would be a .NEF file from a Nikon D80. Is there a recommended file type to convert it to? I'm pretty sure I'm just going to go with TIFF.
As I said any help would be great, and I apologize if I missed it somewhere.