Sunny 16

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February 21, 2022 by mrgoldsack

The Sunny 16 Rule: “On a sunny day set aperture to f/16 and shutter speed to the [reciprocal of the] ISO film speed [or ISO setting] for a subject in direct sunlight.”

Primarily used for clear, sunny days, the Sunny 16 is a rule of thumb that allows photographers to use the environment’s lighting and the camera’s f/stop settings determine the Shutter Speed and ISO. Under these conditions, the Shutter Speed is set to the same number as the ISO (ex. ISO = 100, Shutter Speed = 1/100 or 1/125). In most cases, using this rule of thumb produces better quality photos than the Auto Setting feature.

Check out the task brief here: 6aSunny16

This assignment has a Self-Assessment: 6bCriteriaSunny16

Due Feb 25Remember to take your photos and submit your own assignment


How to Master Sunny 16 (Article)

Use Sunny 16 Correctly (Video)

Sunny 16 Rule (Video – Medium)

Sunny 16 Rule and Equivalent Exposures (Video)

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