The Candid Road: Take the camera to the pool!
I love summer. The long days, warm night BBQs, having my kids back all to myself, not having to worry about homework, vacation, and, of course, lots and lots of swimming.
Everybody likes to bring a camera to the pool, but if you time it right and pay attention to the details you can end up with some of the best pictures ever. Here are couple reasons why:
~Pool water makes skin and eyes beautiful on just about everyone
~Rarely do you see kids more naturally happy than when playing at the pool
So next time you are headed to the pool bring your camera along to help capture the memories.
Here are some tips to get the best shots with a point and shoot and a DSLR in manual mode.
Time of day (P&S and DSLR)
Go to the pool about an hour to an hour and a half before sundown. This will keep the sun from making all your pictures into squinty eyed, too bright pictures. There should be even light all across the pool.
Composition (P&S and DSLR)
Don’t stay in the same spot. Move all around the pool for different angles. Get down on your stomach, go in on the first step and sit down, try to think of unique ways to get great candid shots. Just don’t get your camera wet! J Give your family the directions to ignore you and just play, or better yet don’t even tell them what you are planning on doing.
For those of you trying out your camera in manual these are some basic starting numbers for you. Try these and then check your images to see what you should increase/decrease for perfect exposure. This is based on the pool being in shade.
Shutter speed 1/1250 sec
F-stop (depending on your lens) I am shooting with a 50 and I was at 1.8. I suggest trying anywhere in the range of 2.0 to 3.0.
If you do happen to be shooting in full sunlight, close your f/stop to about 4.5 or higher and lower your ISO…play around for the right exposure!
Cellphone cameras and Instagram also take great pool pictures! Have fun and Happy Summer!!!
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