One major recent photo fad has been making HDR photos. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is essentially blending different exposures of the same photo. Depending on the camera you are using you can take different amounts of exposures using bracketing (Canon HDSLRs allow for 3 different exposures).
Although I'm still new to HDR, I dig it and can't wait to explore the capabilities of it.
or more info on HDR photography check out this article by Philip Bloom on HDR timelapse