Bracketeer is a GUI front-end application for "Enfuse". Enfuse is a command-line tool used to merge different exposures of the same scene to produce an image that looks very much like a tonemapped image (without the halos) but requires no creation of an HDR image. Therefore it is much simpler to use and allows the creation of very large multiple exposure images.
Bracketeer was specifically designed for use with panorama photography, but it will work perfectly well for any standard photographs as well. You can give it up to 6 bracketed shots of any scene, and then it will Enfuse them into a final output image where you can see the details in the shadows, and the bright areas are not blown out.