Ben Goren wrote:
P.P.S. I'm mostly working with RAW files from a Canon 300D; I use Adobe Camera Raw to get it into Photoshop in the ProPhoto colorspace, and then convert immediately to BruceRGB for a working space. And, yeah, some of the images really do have that big a gamut. I just don't (yet) know the best way to deal with 'em. On the other hand, they also tend to be the photos with the trickiest lighting, with a few blown highlights and some invisible shadows-- direct sunlight on an Arizona summer afternoon, for example. b&
It sounds a little like you're on the edge of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, in terms of the problems to be solved.
Most of the current automatic approaches to rendering HRD images down to more limited media, involve local contrast preservation combined with global contrast compression, using various models of how the human eye works as a guide.