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

Tip 556 (Watch out for those baseball caps): When shooting players, watch out for those caps, especially if the face is shadowed from the sun. You could have got a great shot, but then find out that the sun has cast a shadow on the face because of the baseball cap. This may not totally ruin the photo, but can certainly make it less appealing.

Tip 557 (Grab the opportunity): This is moving on from the tip above. Look for the shot when a player takes off the cap, catching some sweat also dropping off the hair and head, and if you can get a close-up along with the face, you can get a great photo. Keep on ensuring that you grab whatever opportunity you get to take a good photo.

Tip 558 (Using an external flash): If you get close enough to the players, and get into the situation where the faces are coming in shadow; you will need a flash. Unfortunately, in most cases, the flash included with the camera is not so great and external flashes that are bought separately can prove very good in such situations.

Tip 559 (Interact with the players while taking the shot): Obviously, this would not work in major league baseball since you may not get close enough to the players. When you get into minor league and are taking photos of the team, talk to them, get them to smile and laugh, and you get some great photos that way.

Tip 560 (Check whether you are allowed to bring the equipment): In some games, there are restrictions on the type of equipment that you can bring to the game. It would not be good for you to carry a lot of equipment to the game, and then having to adjust the equipment that you can carry inside.

Book: Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon (Paperback)

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