Sunny 16 Rule

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One thing I didn`t see mentioned in the article. Once you have determined your base exposure with the f/16 ruler (Sunny 16), you can select any shutter speed or aperture with the equivalent exposure rule. In fact, today`s digital cameras also allow you to choose a certain ISO value with equivalent exposure. The following Sunny 16 chart illustrates the conditions to which the different rules apply: Depending on the weather, you may use a different version of the sunny 16 rule to get an accurate exposure. Photo by Jason Rogers In the past, the Sunny f16 or 16 rule was a must in a film photographer`s bag of stuff. This photo ruler acts as a measurement system if you don`t have a light meter. But nowadays, built-in photometers are present in every device. From the cheapest camera phone to the professional DSLR camera. Let`s say you`re shooting a movie at 100 speeds on a sunny day, with the aperture set to f/16 and the shutter speed set to 1/125 (most older film cameras don`t have a 1/100 shutter, so that`s the next shutter speed you can get. To learn more, click here). You want to change the aperture to f/5.6 for a lower depth of field, so you`ll need to increase the shutter speed to 1/1000. For example, if you`re taking landscape photos on a sunny day, you`ll know which shutter speed to choose without having to rely on your camera`s automatic metering system. The sunny rule of 16 is just a starting point.

Use it with any combination of aperture and shutter speed. In this case, the photographer chose a smaller aperture to capture a greater depth of field. Photo by Michael Kirwan What about the “from F11 the diffraction begins” rule we hear in almost every lens test? As for geolocation, we live in Finland, which is quite far north and the sunny rule of 16 works perfectly. So far, this is the only way to safely capture dertails in the sky without washing the sky white. It seems that it doesn`t really depend on where you live, although the sun should be quite high. When the sun goes down, you need to increase the exposure. The simplest way to explain this is with an example. If it`s a sunny day and your aperture is set to F/16 and ISO to 200, the shutter speed should be set to 1/200 to properly expose your image (the inverse of the ISO number). Very nice article. I recently started using the Sunny 16 ruler to estimate the f-number on images I took with manual lenses that have no electrical contacts and do not record iris protection. That is very helpful.

These days, virtually every digital camera on the market has a built-in counter, and you can instantly check your photos to assess exposure (as well as check out tools like your histogram for more accuracy). So the sunny rule of 16 is a bit of a relic. It is rarely used in the field. No exposure meter? No problem. With the “Sunny 16” rule, you`ll never have to question exposures again, even if you`re filming difficult scenes like sunsets. No. The Sunny-16 only works with f/16. If you set the aperture to f/1.8, you`ll let more light into the camera, so the shutter should be faster than the focal length. mcslsk, You didn`t understand the purpose of the sunny rule of 16 in the camera. In this mode, the camera would measure nothing. It would only calculate the exposure settings for you if you choose an aperture other than F16 and/or use different ISO settings, so you don`t need to use a printed spreadsheet or do mental arithmetic. Still not convinced that you should apply the sunny 16 rule in your digital or film photography? During the film days, I simply pointed the point display of my Leica R4 at the palm of my hand (which pointed towards the main light source) and opened a stop.

Accident counters work in the same way and are a more accurate way to use the Sunny 16 rule. I used a Minolta Light Meter 6 when I worked in the studio until I retired last year. Sunny 16 has many shapes. I hope you now understand how to use the sunny 16 rule to your advantage. Film photographers may find this rule particularly useful, but don`t completely ignore it if you`re only shooting digitally. Using this ruler is an ideal way to refresh your knowledge of camera settings, exposure settings, and exposure triangle. How can you be 100% sure? Well, put on 5 brake strokes and pull a sequence of five each time. This will work for digital, but if you`ve shot on film, you`re better off learning the Sunny 16 rule and succeeding. When in doubt, check the point counter in the sky just above the horizon to the north. It replaces the registration document. For VERY large “million dollars” shots, you usually use braking. In other words, the sunny rule of 16 is a good place to start formulating your own “mental gauge” if you haven`t already started doing so.

It`s also a useful way to teach beginners about the concept of exposure – how your camera angles relate to each other and the scene you`re shooting. Plus, it`s easy to extend the sunny rule of 16 by assuming a different aperture or a darker scene. For example, if f/16, 1/100 second, and ISO 100 provide a photo bright enough on a sunny day, the same goes for f/11, 1/200 second, and ISO 100 under the same conditions. This still counts as a “sunny 16” exposure, even if you`re at f/11. These figures must be reported. Here are some basic examples to help you understand how to properly use the 16 sunny rule. Just follow this setting pattern if you don`t know how to use the camera settings properly. In any case, if you do not fully understand the exposure triangle, this is something you need to master.