Thanks once again mate for your help its very much appreciated.
Some more question if you don’t mind When metering for the highs, what metering type do I use, im guessing I have to use spot or centre weight meter type. I will be using view nx for converting and editing
Also I just found something on the camera in relation to what I was asking before (not moving the focus point permanently(camera on tripod) and still being able to meter off various areas on the frame) I worked out that just pointing the focus point to where I want to meter is enough for the camera to meter the area (I previously thought I had to press the shutter release half way for the meter to work) Also worked out that by changing the function setting on the AE-L, AF-L to AE-L (hold) I can move the focus point to the dark area then meter hold, then use the OK button to set the focus point back to middle, autofocus again (but im guessing a manual focus will achieve a better result so that depth of field doesn’t accidently get changed) take the shot then meter for brighter areas on the scene in the same way and repeat until I have a few different metered exposures of the same scene then combine the pictures in photoshop or something likewise.. I know it’s a long winded way to do things but that’s what I just found out lol Im guessing theres easier ways to do this and one of them is to use the matrix metering mode. And another to use the bracketing feature I will try a few different methods and see which ones come out best..
Im buying some ND filters to take with me as a backup just in case (just some cheap ones for now to practice)