Originally posted by ckiang
You went for the seminar as well? I was there too.
He claims his hands were perfectly 18%. Well, reading from your palm or a grey card for that matter, using the built-in meter is still going to be be more accurate than using the built-in meter to meter a difficult scene. That's his rationale. At least there isn't any bright lights or something to fool the meter.
For your situation, if you had bracketed all along, you'll soon find that for certain situations, you just need a certain compensation. Over time, it becomes 2nd nature. E.g. for bright snow, you will add 1.5 - 2 stops exposure, that kind of thing. The ultimate will be acquiring the skill of judging which part of the scene is "middle gray" and meter from there. If you need to, of coz, you can burn some film and bracket 2 stops on either side in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments.