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    Teach her the sunny f/16 rule. Once you get the knack of differentiating among the different "degrees" of sunlight, you should always be within a stop of the perfect exposure.

    Even if she winds up relying on a meter, knowing the general rule of exposure helps you understand that, in certain situations, your meter is probably lying to you.

    Oh yeah, and she has to do a film speed test first, or else none of this stuff matters.
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    My crude method, and I use this with triX mostly on the street wide angle, is to drop the film speed to 250, meter a shadow full frame, close it 3 stops and shoot. If my subject is in mostly shadow then I open it up 2 stop from the origional shadow meter reading. So I'm only working with two f stops and one shutter speed.
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    I bought a cheap little CDS meter on ebay with an Incident metering option. I use it pretty much all the time set to Incident. It hasn't let me down yet, even with difficult to meter scenes (like dark painted wood in bright sunlight like this).

    If you can't find a meter, a very cheap and simple method is to make a Sunny 16 Slide Rule. I made one for use with my unmetered Zorki 4K, it took about half an hour in Microsoft Works. See attachment, you slide the top piece into the bottom piece, choose the ASA in the small window, and your f stop and speed settings in the large window (see second attachment).
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    Just explain that we only ever expect to get one printerable frame on a roll of 36, and let her lose with the Sunny 16 rule. When she betters that success rate, she’s hooked for life, and then you can start on the technicalities. KISS.
    Regards Dave.

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