"I teach HDR the right way." That's what I heard a photographer say about the way he teaches High Dynamic Range imaging.
As my dad used to say, "To each his own." But my take on teaching HDR - or creating HDR images - is that there is no "right way" and no "one way" to create HDR images.
It's all personal, like all art.
Some folks like realistic-looking HDR images, such as the image above, while others like super-saturated images with the grunge look, like the image below. Both images were taken on my workshops.
I don't teach HDR the right way, I simply teach it my way - which covers creating all types of HDR images.
One tip I offer: The subject often suggests the HDR effect. For example, you probably want a natural-looking HDR image for a landscape, while the super-saturated/grunge effect may look good on an old car.
As with all your photography, I say follow your heart. Or as Ginger Baker wrote, "Do what you like."
If you want to get good at HDR, put yourself in a very high-contrast situation: shoot indoors and get details inside and outside. If you can see into the shadows and if your highlights are not blown out in your final HDR image, you are on your way to creating a good HDR image - your way. The image directly above illustrates that technique.
Want to learn more about HDR? Check out my iPad app, Rick Sammon's iHDR, which is listed on My Apps page.