I only occasionally have the patience or opportunity to set up a shot for exposure bracketing or focus stacking (both requiring taking several nearly identical shots on a tripod), though I am quite enchanted by what can be done with such techniques. Yesterday while researching a bit of exposure bracketing technique (an important step for fine HDR) I came across a technique for adding HDR quality to your photos with a soft light B&W layer copy with highlights, midtones, and shadows turned up 100%. It doesn't work for everything and often tends to have an oversharpened pixelating effect on organic shapes and textures, but in some cases it can bring out some magnificent detail. On the left, the shot above is what it looked like straight out of the camera (no post processing). On the right I used this soft light layer technique to bring out the detail of the jewelry. I masked much of the layer on the face as my oversharpened freckles looked downright aggressive. grrrr.... Pretty punchy, eh?