Sorry Dom completely missed this reply. Thanks 4 the tips but you see this is where I get confused with the photos. I have a good digital camera 14mp but no lens, no tripod
So if I follow what you say I ...
1) I go out side - take the photo of the area I want to place the subject in.
2) No tripod so I take one photo as wide as I can - but of what - the stuff in front of subject spot or the stuff behind. And I got a cool panoramic mode on this camera and it really does work - is that worth doing.
3) Take photo in to photoshop - And how do you duplicate exposures in photoshop and this "merge to hdri" button.
Many thanks again