summer, summer, summertime

Summertime shots by the pool in the bright sun can be tricky. The water is reflective and makes everything a bit brighter. So, watch that shutter speed. Here’s a shot by the pool in the afternoon in full sun and my manual settings to go with it.

ISO – 125 (low is best in bright sun)
aperture – F 2.8 (my preference for a single child shot)
shutter speed – 1/1250 second (it’s bright out so you need the shutter speed to be fast for proper exposure
lens – 50mm 1.2


  1. Christina on August 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Hi, your site is great! Thank you for sharing all this super helpful info. ? – if you are shooting more than one person (like this shot), where do u place your focus point? Also, do you change your AF seeting? I’m shootong Canon T1i. Thank you!

  2. cori on August 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    i usually just focus on a person near the center of the frame and i almost always focus on their face, their eyes in particular. I don’t change my AF settings. I leave them. :)

  3. Christina on August 12, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Thank you Cori! What is the AF seting you typically stay on when shooting one person or a family shot?