Thanks guys, I think the really knowledgeable photogs would set up their lights, set what they assumed the correct settings were, take a Polaroid, adjust, take another... Maybe started out with a meter, but not always... Heck outside on a normal day, with enough experience who needs anything but the camera.
But that's part of what the OP might be missing.
When you have a fully digital workflow, you forget about learning to eyeball a scene and remember previous settings because you just snap a pic and adjust, but with no real sense of what you might get before the click and check.
You learn a lot from going slower, making every shot count because you can't see what's happening till its developed.
Experiment... Leave the digital at home, just take the meter, see if you can get good and consistent resultant and you might learn something too.
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