Swimming pool pictures
Hi all, I have a Fuji s9600 and on Tuesday I will be taking pictures of my sister and her baby son in an indoor swimming pool at a mother and baby session. I will not be able to use flash so I am asking your advice on what settings I should use. I have just started to shoot in manual mode and am not too confident about it. I would imagine the baby will be moving about quite fast, so any advice on settings would be much appreciated...

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Hmm. In my experience indoor pools are pretty dark. You're right about manual mode. Open the aperture as wide as it will go (f2.8?) and crank the ISO up as far as you can stand the noise. This will determine the shutter speed(s) you have to work with. I think a 1/125 sec shutter speed would be the lowest you should settle for- but more is better.

Each bump up the ISO scale will give you a bump to a shorter shutter speed..

Try a few shots before you get down to business and good luck..


Comment #1

Whiskey Hotel wrote:.

Hmm. In my experience indoor pools are pretty dark. You're rightabout manual mode. Open the aperture as wide as it will go (f2.8?)and crank the ISO up as far as you can stand the noise. This willdetermine the shutter speed(s) you have to work with..

Totally agree with the above except that's what Av mode will do for the proper exposure. Also, shooting at the widest range of the lens will provide the widest aperture so you may want to get as close as possible..

If you find by doing this you're shutter speed is above 1/125, you'll have a few more options.... you may then want to reduce ISO or use more zoom.Regards,Hank..

Comment #2

On the occasions that I've done this I found that light reflected from the surface water could confuse the metering, especially if there are windows / skylights. If you can, take a meter reading first pointing the camera at the floor / wall / somebody standing on the edge of the pool, and set that on your camera in manual mode. Assuming that the light isn't going to fluctutate much, that setting will be OK for the whole shoot..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #3

I do a lot of swim team shots of my daughter, but using a DSLR. If there is much action, you are going to have a challenge having enough light to get a decent shutter speed at an acceptable ISO. Since this is a mother/baby session, you might be able to use a much lower shutter speed, maybe even 1/60th if they have some fairly still moments in the water. Otherwise, I'd really want to use flash. Flash will bounce of any ripples in the water and cause wavy reflections on your subjects at times, but it is about the only way to get good shots at most poorly lit indoor pools unless you have a good camera for high ISO use..

Good shooting,.

GeneNorth Carolina..

Comment #4

The humidity also. I don't know where you are located but you don't want to take a cold camera into a warm high humidity environment. Make sure your camera is warm before you go into the pool area..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

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