February 2010
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Taking great photographs of a baseball game (contd..)

Tip 561 (Learn more about exposure): Given that for actual game action shots, you will need to take shots at pretty fast shutter speed, learn more about exposure. Exposure is the amount of light that reaches inside the camera, and is a measure of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. It is the interplay between all 3 of these that determine whether you are getting the correct amount of light inside the camera, and with a fast shutter speed, you need to manage the other 2 factors.

Tip 562 (Pray for the sun): Pursuant to the above photo, if you have more light, then you can afford to decrease the time duration for which your shutter is open and get more action shots without the light getting too low.

Tip 563 (Have more memory cards and batteries): In a long game, if you are shooting away and capturing high detail RAW shots, then you can run through your battery and memory cards pretty early. Keep extra amounts of both memory cards and charged batteries and be ready to quickly swap them when required without breaking your stride.

Tip 564 (Learn about the more important players): Typically, a player gets more important when they have done well, including giving some spectacular performances. If it turns out a better player will come later, then ensure that you have enough energy and concentration left for that player.

Tip 565 (Pre-focus wherever possible): Modern cameras can do wonders with automatic focusing, but it gets more difficult when there is no central object to focus on (and in a wide field with many objects, it gets more difficult). If you are going to focus on a batter, then pre-focus so that the shot is much more sharp when you actually take it.

Book: A Portrait of Baseball Photography (Vintage Series, Volume 2) (Paperback)

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