We have all fallen victim to the lazy HDRtist. You know, when you are processing an image in Photomatix and there are distracting highlight blow outs so you do everything in your power to fix them and in turn end up sacrificing the rest of the image. So you tell yourself, eh, I can fix the rest in Photoshop in post, no big deal….
Instead, how about processing the image twice. Process it once for the great image with highlight blowouts and then process it again without the blowouts. Then in post combine the best of both worlds! If you think that is advanced you may want to check out this tutorial, it is much easier than you may be thinking! I use this technique all the time, I cannot tell you how many times it has pulled me out of a tight spot.