Step 2: Getting Started
1. A Camera
The camera must have some form of manual brightness control.
2. Tripod (optional)
A tripod is not necessary but i highly recommend it.
Here are several options.
Photomatix Essentials (recommended for beginners)
Ease of use: 5
Cost: $39 (free trial)
Ease of use: 3
Cost: $99 (free trial)
Ease of use: 1
I recommend starting with Photomatix essentials because it is really easy to use and it has a free trial. Photomatix Pro gives you more control at the cost of ease of use and Luminance HDR is very hard to use because none of the controls make any sense unless you know the names of the algorithms and what they do.
For this intractable I will be explaining the process using Photomatix Essentials but a similar process would be used for the other two as well.
Photomatix download page