jdhill66: Another situation where this technique is helpful is casual flash photography where near portions are too hot and far portions are too dark.
Reading through this thread reminded me why I became turned off from DPR just a few years ago. Most of the posters are opinionated (and bilious), convinced that they know the best and only solution to obtain the optimum result. There is no respect for others views nor an understanding that there are 'many ways to skin a cat'.It's a shame that the writer of this honest article aimed providing basic alternatives, should receive such mildly abusive ripostes. I'll go back now to my regular haunts - I should really finally delete the old bookmark for this site.