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ABCDEF
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LIGHT VALUE CHART
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LV ValueSunny 16 ExposureSubject
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183- Bright reflections; - Subjects lit by bright pressure lamps
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172- White or very light colored/toned subject
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in bright sunlight
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161Subject in bright sun light on light sand or snow
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150- Subject is medium colored/toned
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in bright sunlight; Bright or Strong Hazy Sun (distinct, sharp shadows)
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14-1- Slightly overcast, subject in weak, hazy sun (soft shadows, sun visible through clouds); - Full Moon (as Subject)
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13-2- Overcast, subject in bright daylight (no shadows, sun makes bright area in clouds)
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12-3- Heavy overcast, subject in (Sun location not visible)
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11-4- Sunset
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- Subjects in Open shade
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10-5- Landscapes just after sunset or before sunrise
-Subjects in deep shade
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9-6- Landscapes 10 minutes after sunset/before sunrise
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- Neon and lighted signs at night
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- Stage shows with bright lighting; Spot LIghting
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- Store windows at night
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- Bonfires
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- Stadium lighting; Floodlit sports
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- Interior with sunlight coming through window
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- Interior with many florescent lights
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7-8- Brightly lit street at night; Indoor sports
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-Interior of dense forest
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- Stage shows with average lighting; Circuses
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- Daytime interior with skylight
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6-9- Fairs and amusement parks at night; Computer screens
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- Daytime interior with windows & no direct sunlight; Brightly lit domestic interiors at night
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5-10- Night interior with bright lighting; Domestic interiors at night; Subject lit by campfire or bonfire
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4-11- Floodlighted buildings, monuments, fountains
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- Holiday lighting at night (indoor or outdoor)
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- Night interior with average lighting
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-Subject under bright street lighting
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- Candle-lighted close-ups
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3-12- Street at night; Fireworks (open shutter); Christimas lights
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2-13-Lightining (open shutter); Lunar eclipse
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1-14-Distant view of city skyline or floodlit buildings
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0-15- Dim interior; Subject lit by weak artificial light
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-1-16-Subject lit by dim or indirect artificial light
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-2-17-Snowscape lit by full moon
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-3-18- Rural landscape illuminated by a full moon
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-4-19-Meteors (open shutter); close-up lit by full moon; landscape lit by half moon
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-5-20-Landscape lit by crescent moon
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-6-21- Rural landscape illuminated by starlight
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