The pre-digital technique for flash photography is really simple:
Read subject distance off lens barrel,
Select F-stop appropriate to flash output for subject distance,
That’s the theory for film photography, no digital screen – no histogram to read.
It worked like a charm.
I did end up having to estimate the focus distance in the gloomy light of The Dev a few times, and some pics might be a bit soft because of this, but I got a reasonable exposure on all 24 frames of the Kodak Gold Ultra I was shooting with. Even if not every frame is a keeper for composition reasons.
It was a nice way to challenge myself photographically and I’ll definitely be repeating the exercise in the future.
Maybe I’ll go large format with my Hasselblad.