Sunny 16 Rule

Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
edited March 2014 in General Discussions
For those of you that have ever wondered what is a good way to get proper exposure when dealing with very harsh sun light in condition where there is a lot of snow or bright sand then perhaps you should consider The Sunny 16 Rule.

For those that have used this method...by all means give us your input.

Cheers....

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Good Reading:

PHOTOGRAPHY ESSENTIALS: THE SUNNY 16 RULE
Basic Exposure Theory: The Sunny F/16 Rule Explained

Video's for you viewing pleasure:



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Comments

  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 3,997Member
    Nice tips Golf. Maybe we should have a sticky thread for tips like this at the top of the forum?
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • FreezeActionFreezeAction Posts: 758Member
    edited March 2014
    @Golf007sd

    I have this printed out to carry with the 4x5 as I don't use a light meter. It works well with C41 film. I try to keep it in my head but the gray hair is sapping my memory... Charts are available from both Kodak and Fuji film. That is where I printed mine from.
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  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited March 2014
    I'm personally looking forward in putting this in to practice while attending our gathering later this month in Freeport and the surrounding areas. Really looking forward to putting my hand in some snow :D
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    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,545Member
    edited March 2014
    I'm personally looking forward in putting this in to practice while attending our gathering later this month in Freeport and the surrounding areas. Really looking forward to putting my hand in some snow :D
    I am sure there are several individuals that would love to throw a snow ball at you too. LoL =))
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  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator


    I am sure there are several individuals that would love to throw a snow ball at you too. LoL =))
    I look forward to it. After all that is why I got the D4...action shots baby....woohooo.

    Game on...... >:)
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    I am bringing several pairs of gloves…... ;)

    For those who do not view videos…the sunny 16 rule says in sunlight, at f/16, the shutter speed is the reciprocal of the ISO (originally ASA). So, if one shoots at f/8, ISO 100, the shutter speed is ….1/400 the sec, or 1/500th for many. Actually one might use f/7.1 if you are shooting an old camera which has the shutter set up at 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, etc.

    Or, ISO 400, f/16, 1/400…..clear? But, one must understand the subject matter…..dark objects, maybe 1/2 to 1 stop more for detail. And, if you shoot in shade it is 3 stops more exposure, but if you want it to look like shade, 2 stops more than in the sun…..se how clear this is?
    Msmoto, mod
  • Vipmediastar_JZVipmediastar_JZ Posts: 1,708Member
    so basically it just a starting point and adjust as necessary?

    I just tend to set the aperture desired for that day either f/8 for buildings or 1.4-f4 for people if i want isolation and usually iso 200 or 100 if is too bright out.

    I haven't applied it but I will consider it if changes the way my photos turn out.
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,545Member
    Msmoto, I am not going to be there. Please use one of those pair of gloves to protect your hands and throw a snowball at Golf for me. I would appreciate it...especially if you hit him. \:D/
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • MikeGunterMikeGunter Posts: 543Member
    Hi all,

    I just got back from teaching Adobe products in LA and would like stay in one place for a while.

    We have plenty of snow and an indoor pool party with some of the grandchildren here to keep us occupied.

    Love to see a photo of a snowball fight. Have fun in the sun!

    My best to all.

    Mike
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