The Rules

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Contax G2, generic color neg film from China, 21mm lens, f/2.8. Salt Lake City, UT.

FOLLOW THESE RULES, AND YOUR IMAGES WILL AMAZE EVEN YOU.

Sunny 16 Rule

ON A SUNNY DAY, SET YOUR CAMERA APERTURE TO F/16 AND YOUR SHUTTER SPEED TO THE RECIPROCAL OF THE ISO FILM SPEED.

Let’s say you have 400-speed film in your camera. There’s a person in the sun over there and you want to shoot them – but you have no light meter! Applying Sunny 16 all quick-like, you know to set your aperture to f/16 and your shutter speed to the number closest to the reciprocal of your ISO: 1/500 of a second. (Reciprocal is just a number with 1/ over it. The reciprocal ...

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