Sunny 16 Rule for MacroSunny 16 Rule for Macro7 years ago in Photography More Like This
Sometimes I like a black background because it helps to isolate the subject -very handy in situations where the background might ruin the shot because theres just too much going on. But what about those situations where you want to show the subject in its natural environment? When shooting close-ups its easy: Just set you camera to shutter or aperture priority and use a little flash for fill (about -1 1/3 to -2 FEC). The range of exposures will be limited by the amount of natural light and the ISO you want to use, but youll get even lighting throughout the frame.
But what if you dont want to be limited by the available light? What if youd like to shoot at life size with a small aperture to get more depth and at the same time get some ambient light into the scene? You can use what I call the Sunny 16 Rule for Macro, but to understand why it works it helps to know what the Sunny 16 Rule is and how shooting at life size changes the settings.