The suggested time to spend on this course if you plan to do it in 12 months is about 10 hours a week. I seem to have spent about that so far on the dynamic range project and I haven’t completed an exercise yet! It doesn’t help that the weather is grim so the normal conditions for photos such as this are not available bit I thought I had found a reasonable compromise. Gloss photo paper as a background, some bottles of shiny nail polish sitting on a black lens bag. As this was taken indoors on a very dull day it was lit by a craft lamp with a daylight bulb. I then took a series of photos until I had one which was well exposed and had no clipped highlights; f5.6 at 1/5 sec So far so good, I then expose for the white areas, fine but when I try to expose for the dark areas, the exposure goes off the scale so I have to start again.
Next problem ….Open the image in your processing software……..Using the software’s pixel value sampler….. what is that and where do I find it? I have searched the help in both Elements 9 and Lightroom 4 and found nothing. Then the bit about calculating the range between the 2 ends has me foxed as well as it sounds that this is tied into the exposure adjustments made on the dark areas! Posted a question on the OCA forum, hopefully someone else will understand this better than I do!