Q The procedure you have described is fine for situations where there is plenty of time to take careful readings What should I do if I have to shoot quickly

A: In all of the previous examples, I have included meter readings for all the important areas of the subject in order to make the process more clear. Practically speaking, there are only two meter readings that you absolutely must make. You need one reading of the Important Shadow Area to calculate the exposure (at this point, you can take the picture); and one reading of the Important Highlight Area to determine the proper development time. You will need to write this down so you will know how to process the film. Unless the light changes while you are shooting there is no need to recalculate the exposure. Try to simplify your methods as much as possible.

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