Rewind 3 years. I had just acquired a Nikon FM, which I still love and use today, and started taking photos for the first time. I remember the joy I got from framing the shoot, setting the aperture, manually focusing my shoot and pressing the clunky trigger. I remember the first time I developed my first roll of film and the excitement that came with it. I remember the joy of discovering a photo I didn't think would come out well at first, but once I developed it, it wasn't actually that bad! Back then if you had offered me a go on a DSLR I would have preached film cameras to you, and probably would have accused you of being a cheat for using a DSLR. See for me, back then, photography was about framing the shot, setting the camera and shooting the photo, all manually of course. I loved that process. So the thought of something doing that process, automatically, was pointless. I had obviously missed the point! Fast-forward 3 years and I am sat in my front room reading up on HDR photography, probably the only effect that can’t be achieved (as far as I know) with film. I now get more out of photography than just framing, setting, and shooting. Photography is all about expressing myself, about having fun and enjoying the whole process, not just taking the photo. That is why I have come to understand and except that I should use as many different “tools” as possible, and experiment with all types of photography. Old and new. This brings me to my question, a question that’s probably been discussed a thousand times before. Is HDR photography real photography? Can I ask you another question? Does it really matter if it is or isn't? See for me I have really enjoyed the HDR experience. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not going to start preaching HDR photography to you. It‘s just another new and exciting type of photography I have discovered. I enjoyed going out and taking the photo (well, 3 to be precise), I enjoyed getting it home and “processing” it, and I have enjoyed the end result. At the end of the day, isn’t that what photography is really all about? To just enjoying it!?