Very simple way to do it. If you have a camera that has manual controls take the picture at your normal exposure than take your shutter(NOT F/Stop because this will adjust your depth of feild) and drop it one and then raise it one above the normal exposure(3 different pictures at different exposures) put it in PS and go to automate and click on Merge to HDR.. and play around from there Very very simple.
One thing I suggest using a tripod.
Digital FTW sony already has DSLR out prosumer . That are not that great AT ALL. But if you have a Minolta and they are minolta mounts then I guess i would do it. Now sony ATW for video cameras for sure.
I have used Kodaks, Sony'*, Minolta Canons, and Nikons in the Marine Corps and odd jobs out of all those Nikon takes it. I guess its like Apple I am an apple guy and people swear on pc but.....
Once you go Mac youll never go back.