A&P Sunny 16 Rule... does anyone use this/think about this? Or is this idea old and beat

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  1. Wobistdu

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    Aperture Lighting Conditions Shadow Detail
    f/16 Sunny Distinct
    f/11 Slight Overcast Soft around edges
    f/8 Overcast Barely visible
    f/5.6 Heavy Overcast No shadows

    I try to think of this concept when shooting outside, even though the light meter obviously tells the final story. I shot a snow storm at f/5.6 and I recently shot outside sunny pics at f/16-f/22. Obviously I wanted the tight apertures for a long DOF, but what do you guys think?
     
  2. Jcolman

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    I go with what my meter tells me then check the histogram. The "sunny 16" rule was nice to know when shooting film and you didn't have a light meter handy but it's rather obsolete in the digital age.
     
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    I don't think I've ever taken a photo at f/16
     
  5. Wobistdu

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    oh?
     
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    You're missing half of the rule: at f/16 your shutter speed should be 1/ISO. So if you shoot ISO 200, at f/16 your shutter speed is 1/200. Of course you can tweak that for any aperture and ISO you want with normal exposure math.

    I use it when I'm shooting with a camera without a meter, but it's really not necessary with any digi. It's kind of useful as a baseline to set up strobes outdoors, but I'd still take exposure readings and make adjustments as needed.
     
  8. Bob Loblaw

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    i shoot at f/2.8 all the time :bowdown:
     
  9. Wobistdu

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    thanks for the answers guys

    i have to throttle myself, cuz i would almost like to create about 20 threads a day just asking about photography shit. i have to throttle my whorish ways
     
  10. Wobistdu

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    especially in bright sun. i don't feel comfortable with anything slower than 1/4000 shutter
     
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    it only helpful if you don't have camera with a meter.
     
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    Eventually you'll get to the point where you're not overthinking things and just trusting your camera/experience to get the shot.,
     
  13. Bob Loblaw

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    better to ask and learn :bigthumb:
     
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    I'm not a sports photographer so I tend to jack up the shutter speed and use a sharper f stop
     
  15. Wobistdu

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    someone told me 1yr before i can go pro :bowdown:

    :mamoru:
     
  16. Bob Loblaw

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    only if you havent taken your camera out of the box
     
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    Or just shoot first and ask questions later :dunno:
     
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    I near live by this when I'm shooting with my Canonet Rangefinder...no meter unless it's on "A" mode
     
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    you know theres a sliding scale right lol
     
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    with in camera metering (if you know how to use.read it) and historgrams/preview, there is no need to know it.

    but its always fun to screw with some newb that thinks their hot shit and has no technical background :o
     
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    I start w/ it and adjust accordingly :dunno:
     
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    Not with dslrs I hope... a digital sensor is so flexible there's no point even considering sunny 16.
     
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    this
     
  24. mojito

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    wtf are you smoking
     
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    sunny 16 sets your shot up to your film speed, you now have so many film speeds available at the press of a button why limit yourself to that way of thinking.
     

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