My photography class is getting an amazing opportunity. We're getting free tickets to our local AA baseball team's home game on Monday night. The best part?We’re getting press passes to be able to shoot from the dugout!!! This is just awesome and I would never have this chance unless I was in this class. The managing agent even suggested that we might be able to have our photos published in their marketing material....of course only if their good enough On top of all that, we will be able to work with their part-time and volunteer photogs that shoot all of their material. Talk about awesome!
So with all of that, I need help with action shots!! I've never shot sports or anything faster than my moving daughter. Gigi, I know you've done some amazing action photos, what are you suggestions for me? I'll be shooting from the stands (not sure where in the stands yet) and from the home dugout.
Any help, pointers, suggestions, links to more information would be GREATLY appreciated!
Not Gigi and certainly haven't mastered action shots, but I would suggest trying to get behind 1st base if possible. What a fun opporunity!!!
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fast shutter speed! if you have to up your ISO, then do it. I'm not good with specific settings for action, I'm sure GiGi can give some good pointers. can't wait to see the pictures, that's so cool!
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Exciting, and scary! LOL we've had seats right next to the photographers 2x at the Pittsburgh Pirates games---and both times, one of the photographers and/or their equipment got hit with a flying bat
But I took a pretty decent action shot of the Pirates pitcher from where we were, with my Fuji at the time, and I was happy with it. I wish I'd known how to open the ap at the time though, so the close crowd was a little more blurred behind him as he pitched.
YES very fast SS and trigger finger needed. Use the setting that takes 3 shots right in a row (I forget the name of it at the moment), that's useful also. But try to predict what's about to happen so you can be ready to fire.
Last edited by Amy_&_Eva; 06-22-2010 at 02:46 PM.
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a fast, long lens is a must for sports photography. but don't panic if you don't have that. (*I* don't have that.)
fwiw, all of my soccer photos are taken w/ my 18mm-200mm VR lens. If you have VR/IS, that makes hand holding a lot easier. If you don't have a VR/IS lens, then you probably want to think about a tripod or monopod (that seems to be preferable for most sports photog).
I haven't done any baseball photos myself, but I have a friend who specializes in it. Pitchers expressions as they pitch make GREAT subjects. I think the 'holy grail' of baseball photography is trying to get a shot of a batter connecting with the ball. Using a burst mode for shooting can really help. I don't use it a lot for soccer, but that is because the action moves around so much that my focus points would be no good. Baseball players tend to stay more in a single plane at a time.
I keep my shutter speed at or above 1/200. For baseball (if you want to be able to see the ball), you may need an even faster speed. If this is a night game, you are probably going to have to use a fairly high iso to keep your ss up that high. A shallow DOF will isolate individual players and really make them pop. I try to do this w/ my judo photos as the backgrounds are ALWAYS distracting.
What kind of lens will you be taking to the game? With sports photography, I find it's a lot about anticipating what will come next. Look for players as they come into home plate. Watch the pitcher as he is checking off the bases. Coaches can also make good subjects - the hand signals, the emotion.
HTH some. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
I can't wait to see what you come back with!
I'm getting more and more excited about this!
Amy, don't scare me, girl! I can't take my equipment getting hurt. I hope I get hit before my camera does.
I'm thinking about renting the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. It's only $30 for a day rental. I figure this will probably be a lot better than my 75-300 f/4-5.6 III, considering it's a night game. Is this a good choice? I've looked through the list at my local camera store and that seems to be my better option.
Our teacher said to not worry about a tripod or monopod, I'm wondering if I should rethink that and just take it anyways. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Plus, I have no clue what this 70-200 lens looks or feels like. I might get tired after a half hour
I don't know where our seats will be. I'm sure the ballpark is going to put us somewhere that we can get great pictures because they know we're photography students...or I hope!
So, higher ISO, faster shutter speed, and try to anticipate the action. Whew, I'm sure I'll screw up at some point.
the most action Ive shot was t-ball lol and yeah I agree with the increase SS.. Good luck! Sounds like fun and a great opportunity. Ill cross my fingers that you can get some shots to publish. That would be fantastic
That lens should do quite well in those conditions! WOO HOO! With the IS, you probably don't need the tripod/monopod, but if it's not too much hassle, what's the harm in taking it?
Open your ap up when you focus on an individual player and that will really help to isolate him from the rest of the busy backgrounds you get in sports. Do what ever is needed with your iso to insure that you still have a high shutter speed, even with an open aperture.
Mostly ... have FUN! Shoot the things that YOU like about the game, the experience of the ball park. If you are allowed to get there early, try moving around a bit before crowds get tight to get a feel for the best angles.
I am truly jealous about this experience for you and can't WAIT to see what shots you get.