How can I take a photo like the ones below? The problem is that my photos (taken with a bridge, Sony H2) will get blown up at the highlights. Is it because I'm using a weak camera? Is it because I'm shooting in JPG (can't use RAW)?
Is this dynamic range achieved by greater cameras + RAW? Or is it by post-processing?
Is there a pattern to this type of photos like: wide apperture (< f5.0), RAW, ...?