Good point regarding slide film Gary. I use only black and white film and hence I defer to those like you with the experience to comment on metering when using color film.
I completely agree that incident metering when taking landscapes can be difficult. Such difficulties arise, IMO, mainly when one tries to interpret the highlights. Small changes in meter placement can affect the SBR range significantly and result in a negative that can be either too low or too high in contrast. However, those who use VC paper have some means to rectify metering errors that are not off the charts. Of course, as we all know, shadow details must be on the negative for such to appear in the print. See below.
Mark-good comments. IMO, incident reading of shadow values are easily defined by simply placing the meter in the shadows where you want detail to be recorded. Subjects deeper in the shadows will of course show no detail. To obtain more detail further in the shadows? Simply move the meter deeper into the darker areas. The entire incident metering procedure has been well detailed by Phil Davis in his book.
I also agree that one should feel comfortable using both reflected and incident meter readings. As you both you and Mark infer, there are situation where one method might be "better" than the other.
Yes Andreas...testing materials is the "hard stuff", but the results make the rest of the process easier. However, testing for BTZS methods is rather easily and inexpensively done. This is not the forum to comment on film testing services. Feel free to PM me if you need more details.
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