Shooting Swim Meets - Outdoor pool

edited March 2012 Posted in » Nikon D5100 Forum
I am new to photography and I have a Nikon D5100 and will be shooting my son at high school swim meets. I have the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Nikkor AF-S DX VR Lens and the 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 Nikkor AF-S DX VR Lens.

What ISO setting should I use (overcast day) and should I shoot aperature priority or shutter priority (and what settings)? I would like to capture crisp droplets of water and of course the swimmer. Thanks for your help.


  • Howdy @stephanielopez - Here's what I would start with...

    1. Mount your 55-300mm lens
    2. Enable Shutter priority (S on the mode dial)
    3. Select a shutter speed between 1/500 and 1/1000
    4. Set your ISO to Auto (this will ensure accurate exposures) - You'll need to change the ISO sensitivity settings inside the Menu.
    5. Adjust your Focus Mode to Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
    6. Set your Release Mode to Continuous

    With these settings in place, half-press the shutter button to continuously focus on your son as he swims. When you're ready to take the shot, fully press the shutter and hold it down. This will fire off a bunch of shots, improving your odds of finding a keeper.

    Hope that helps and happy shooting!
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