argyle wrote in post #11932892
No, not even. You can make edits in Lightroom, Photoshop, whatever program you can think of...it is still not HDR if you're creating multiple images from the single original file. You really should do some research on HDR, the theory behind it, and when it should be employed. Those using a single RAW image are not creating an HDR image by combining multiple exposures made from the single image, pure and simple. The fact that the process is named 'High Dynamic Range' should tell you something. I also find it best to not attempt to "recreate" something that others are doing when they are doing it incorrectly. If you're a beginner, become proficient on the basics of photography first, then worry about the advanced stuff later.
I'd still have to disagree with this. I imagine your beef with the process the OP describes is that he hasn't captured the tonal range of the scene satisfactorily. But, I don't think that it matters if you create an image from a single RAW or 50. Ultimately, the end product is going to be, technically, LDR unless you present it on a bonafide HDR medium. As soon as the image is compressed, it's no longer strictly HDR. So, if the OP's image adequately represents what he was seeing, and what he was seeing was an image that covered a high dynamic range, then why not call it HDR in common parlance?