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Metering off your palm?

rectangularimage

San Diego, US
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rectangularimage Registered since 01st Oct 2009
Sun 29-Jan-12 05:52 PM

I was reading about Dennis Hopper's photography and there was a quote from him saying that he metered off his hand. I'd never heard of that but a google search told me it's an old trick. Sounds like a good technique once you get it dialed in. Instead of trying to find the elusive 18% grey somewhere in your subject (which seems to have more room for error) simply use your hand as the grey card and set it and forget it (until the light changes).

Anybody here meter off their hand? Any tips? What film did you use (could you get good results with slide film)?

And, just to clarify and get me headed in the right direction, one's palm is usually brighter than an 18% grey card (2/3 to 1 stop), right?

...Mike

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