Existing Light Exposure Table

ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400 ISO 800 ISO 1600
Bright home interiors
at night.
1/15 sec f2 1/30 sec f2 1/30 sec f2.8 1/30 sec f4 1/60 sec f4
Average home interiors
at night.
1/4-sec f2.8 1/15 sec f2 1/30 sec f2 1/30 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f2.8
Candelighted closeups. 1/4-sec f2 1/8 sec f2 1/15 sec f2 1/30 sec f2 1/60 sec f2
Christmas trees and
holiday lighting at night.
1 sec f4 1 sec f5.6 1/15 sec f2 1/30 sec f2 1/60 sec f2
Brightly lighted
downtown streets.
1/30 sec f2 1/30 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f4 1/125 sec f4
Brightly lighted
nightclub areas
like Las Vegas
or Times Square.
1/30 sec f2.8 1/30 sec f4 1/60 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f4 1/125 sec f4
Neon and other
lighted signs.
1/30 sec f4 1/60 sec f4 1/125 sec f4 1/125 sec f5.6 1/125 sec f5.6
Floodlit buildings,
fountains or
statues at night.
1 sec f4 1/2 sec f4 1/15 sec f2 1/30 sec f2 1/60 sec f2
Skylines, distant
view at night.
4 sec f2.8 1 sec f2 1 sec f2.8 1 sec f4 ½ sec f4
Skylines, 10 minutes
after sunset.
1/30 sec f4 1/60 sec f4 1/60 sec f5.6 1/125 sec f5.6 1/125 sec f8
Fairs and
amusement parks.
1/15 sec f2 1/30 sec f2 1/30 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8
Fireworks,
ground displays.
1/30 sec f2.8 1/30 sec f4 1/60 sec f4 1/60 sec f5.6 1/125 sec f8
Fireworks,
aerial displays.
Lock shutter open
for several bursts.
f8 f11 f18 f22 f32
Fire: campfires, bonfires
or burning buildings.
1/30 sec f2.8 1/30 sec f4 1/60 sec f4 1/60 sec f5.6 1/125 sec f5.6
Night sports: Football,
Baseball, Racetracks
1/30 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f4
Niagara Falls, white lights. 15 secs f5.6 8 secs f5.6 4 secs f5.6 2 secs f5.6 1 sec f5.6
Niagara Falls,
light-colored lights.
30 secs f5.6 15 secs f5.6 8 secs f5.6 4 secs f5.6 2 secs f5.6
Niagara Falls,
dark-colored lights.
30 secs f4 30 secs f5.6 15 secs f5.6 8 secs f5.6 4 secs f5.6
Sports: indoor basketball,
hockey, bowling.
1/30 sec f2 1/60 sec f2 1/125 sec f2 1/125 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f4
Stage shows,
average scenes.
1/30 sec f2 1/30 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8
Stage shows,
brightly-lit scenes.
1/60 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f4 1/250 sec f5.6
Circuses, floodlit acts. 1/30 sec f2 1/30 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f4
Circuses,
spotlighted acts.
1/60 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f4 1/250 sec f5.6
Ice shows,
floodlighted acts.
1/30 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f4
Ice shows,
spotlighted acts.
1/60 sec f2.8 1/125 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f2.8 1/250 sec f4 1/250 sec f5.6
Interiors with bright
fluorescent lighting.
1/30 sec f2.8 1/30 sec f4 1/60 sec f4 1/125 sec f4 1/125 sec f5.6
School stages and
auditoriums.
1/8 sec f2 1/125 sec f2 1/30 sec f2 1/60 sec f2 1/60 sec f2.8
Church interiors,
incandescent lighting.
1 sec f5.6 1/15 sec f2 1/30 sec f2 1/30 sec f2.8 1/60 sec f2.8