Photography Tip: Home Run Baseball Photography Tips

7) When the opening lineup starts, look at the dugout. If you’re rooting for the home team, the beginning of the game is a great time to get player photographs as they are running out onto the field. If not, take photographs during the middle of the inning. If you don’t get the perfect photo, delete bad photographs during lull times and try later during the game.

Physique: Classic Photographs of Naked Athletes
Physique: Classic Photographs of Naked Athlet

8) To take a picture of a swinging batter that will last a lifetime, do the following:

*) Preparation is the key. First, before the game, know how to operate your digital camera. Practice focusing the camera and quickly deleting unused photos – sometimes you can delete an unwanted photo before it is completely saved to the camera’s memory.

*) Before the pitch, focus your viewfinder on the batter’s box and try not to cut out any of the batter’s body. Zoom in as appropriate, but remember the more you zoom in, the slower the potential shutter speed needed to take a clear photo.

*) Anticipate shutter lag. Lock your focus before the pitch; this usually is done by pressing the shutter button down half-way.

*) Time it… time it… then as soon as the ball is about to hit the bat, press down fully on the shutter button.

*) If the pitch is a strike or the swing is not one to be remembered, cancel the save so your picture is not written to memory. This way, you can save room for other photos.

9) Look around for photo opportunities not directly related to the action. Take a photograph of the grounds crew cleaning the bases and raking the dirt between innings. Get a few shots of the crowd. Take a picture of the scoreboard. Look at the surrounding area. If you want to remember the full experience of a baseball game years from now, you should take advantage of one of the best features of a digital camera – the ability to take lots and lots of photographs – and shoot photographs showcasing the FULL baseball experience.

10) Take a break during the game! You came to the baseball game to enjoy the spectacle, not just to take pictures, right? Designate a few innings as photo-free time where you just sit back, munch on a hot dog, drink a soda, and soak in the environment.

Remember to study your digital camera manual first and practice, practice, practice! Follow these ten tips and you’ll be on your way to taking “home run” baseball photographs in no time.

Baseball's Golden Age : The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon
Baseball’s Golden Age : The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon

About the Author: Copyright 2005 Andrew Malek. Andrew Malek is the owner of the MalekTips computer and technology help site at http://malektips.com/ . Want more great tips on buying and using digital cameras?

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