I'd like to synthesize and distill the information and discussions about how to approach using HDR for real estate photography.
First of all it is important to look a lot of real estate images and refine your ability to see subtle differences styles and lighting.
Next I think you must always be working to prevent committing the deadly sin of allowing the real estate photo to look unreal. The two ways this usually appears is what I call the "grunge" (walls look like they need to be washed) or "radioactive" look. In real estate work there is an expectation of reality so the more dramatically creative looks frequently see in HDR work is not appropriate for real estate work.
As an benchmark of realistic results that are possible with HDR look at the real estate images of David Palermo and Dan Achatz. David and Dan use HDR extensively and their work illustrates what is possible with HDR.
How do you approach getting realistic results with HDR for real estate work? Here is my summary:
I'm sure there is something I've missed. Anyone care to add to the summary?