Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] (Handy) Grey card
From: Damian Dlugolecki <>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 21:05:04 -0700

Well it is true that people's palms are different colors.  But this is
certainly not a bar to using an exposure index that is permanently "at

Before I pull my camera out, I take an exposure of the palm of my hand
(with my gossen luna pro) and set the needle one stop +.  I do this with
the sun at my back, with the sun to the side and with the sun in front
(palm in shade.)
this gives me the range of exposures I need to keep flesh tones accurate
in most circumstances.

Dan Cardish wrote:
> The palms of most people's hands are fairly similarly toned.  And they
> don't tend to tan.   Mine happens to be almost exactly 1 stop brighter than
> mid gray (to within 1/10 stop, as measured by my Minolta Spotmeter F).
> Dan C.
> At 06:01 PM 29-04-00 -0700, Roland Smith wrote:
> >For years, I have read the back of my hand with a Weston meter and obtained
> >good exposures.   Is the palm of the hand a better surface for this type of
> >reading?   I didn't make any adjustment to the exposure the reading
> >indicated.
> >

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