This Is Why I Love Adobe Lightroom 2

Sunset on アパート, originally uploaded by dshack.
There are two ways to make a photo like this:

1) Take two or three RAW photos exposed a few stops apart, merge them in Photoshop or Photomatix, and play with curves until you get the artificial dynamic range you want.

2) Take one normal JPEG photo, and one brush and thirty seconds later, Lightroom has achieved a largely similar effect. It’s almost like cheating; I can push shadows at least three stops pretty easily…out of a compact camera.