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Sunny 16

Sunny 16

I just found out a new technique! Such a simple easy to remember rule… When taking a picture in 100% sunshine you set your F-Stop=16 – ISO=100 and shutter speed=100. This will produce perfect exposure in the sun every time.

This picture was taken using Sunny 16 at an incredible fun maze right before Halloween this year. The maze was 1 mile of twists and turns which connected to a corn maze.  There was even a guy who maned the center just in case you found your self lost but really that is what you  hope will happen if you find yourself in a maze.

A few conditions to keep in mind when using Sunny 16

1. The sun  must be high enough to be bright

2. Subject must be in the sun

3. Make sure the sun isn’t behind a cloud must be full sunshine.

4. Conditions should be average meaning no snow or sand etc.

Interesting Fact: Shade is about 3 stops darker than sun (8x’s darker) When using Sunny 16 with some shade in the picture you can decide what you want to do either zoom in on your subject so there is no shade or maybe open up 1 stop and see what happens your shadows might look better and the subject would probably be o.k.

If you have a starting point in the sunshine you can edit and play!

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One Response to “Sunny 16”

  1. Hi :-)

    it’s been a while… but I see you’ve been busy. Nice going!

    The ‘Sunny 16′ rule is a derivation from the ’16-60′ rule (at ISO 100). Our eyes always make the most of it under any kind of light settings, butwhat is actually there? The 16-60 rule/setting shows just that.

    So it’s a good starting point if you want to capture the moment as it is. When taking pictures indoors (referring to your other blog) you can go with a higher ISO. Personally I would not go higher than 400, because a the quality of the image degrades too much, and a dark image is easier to be adjusted than a light one.

    In bright sunlight the photo will be so bright to the point (and beyond) over-exposure. Hence the Sunny-16 rule (not 1/60 but 1/100 to avoid over-exposure). Bare in mind that over-exposure is only happening because the media we’re using has limits… Whiter/brighter than pure white is not possible. The good news is that photo’s that are darker than you wanted them, can be lifted quite a bit.

    I like photo’s that are close to the truth (light-wise). So if it was dark… let the picture be dark. Then you capture not only the image, but also the atmosphere.

    greets, Marcel

    Posted by Marcel Otten | November 13, 2010, 11:50 am

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