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Feb 15, 2011 19:26 |  #1

My first baseball game I've shot in about 4 months or so. I did a lot of "shooting baseball' tips and i think they helped out a lot. For all of these shots i was shooting at 1250 iso and my SS was anywhere between 1/500 to 1/2000 it was a very cloudy day so the lighting wasn't consistent, Oh well. I'm pretty happy with my results. None of these are cropped or edited yet. All straight for my 40D. C&C is always appreciated. Thanks

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Feb 16, 2011 10:34 |  #2

Wow, ISO 1250 seems awful high for daytime shooting, even if it was cloudy. If your shutter speed was jumping all over why not switch to manual and meter on the uniforms so you have consistentcy.

Images one through six appear a tad soft and could be cropped much tighter. Also, watch your horizon lines as in images four and seven it's off a bit.


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Feb 16, 2011 10:44 |  #3

So if I were to do that I would switch my metering mode to spot metering and just have the right exposer for the player. I think one of the reasons that some of these images are soft is because of my lens. I thinking about saving up and getting 300mm f4. Do you think that would be a good purchase to help improve my images. Plus then I could use a mono pod to help out


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Feb 16, 2011 10:54 |  #4

Riddy831 wrote in post #11854598 (external link)
So if I were to do that I would switch my metering mode to spot metering and just have the right exposer for the player. I think one of the reasons that some of these images are soft is because of my lens. I thinking about saving up and getting 300mm f4. Do you think that would be a good purchase to help improve my images. Plus then I could use a mono pod to help out

Sure, you an switch to manual mode and spot on them and get a better exposure on the players. Granted, you may have to do adjustments during the game if the sun comes out, when the position of the sun changes, etc., but that should give you a good start.

Softness can be from several sources such as the lens and camera shake and a Canon 300 4.0 is a decent lens to pick up. You should be able to acheive a high enough shutter speed, even at f4 so you can still hand hold but a monopod certainly isn't going to hurt.


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Feb 16, 2011 11:14 |  #5

Thanks I appreciate the advice. Thankfully the season has just begun so I have a lot of shooting in my near future to work on those few things


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Feb 16, 2011 12:00 |  #6

Anderson-Photography wrote in post #11854528 (external link)
Images one through six appear a tad soft and could be cropped much tighter.

I was just looking at 1-6 and wondering why there were soft. Then it hit me, could it have been because I was shooting threw the netting behind home plate??? Maybe??


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Feb 16, 2011 15:58 |  #7

Shooting through a net or fence will definitely give you the look in the pitchers shots.. just like when shooting hockey.. try an auto-levels on those and see if it brings out the color and photo better


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Feb 17, 2011 08:42 |  #8

Some of the softness could also be coming from the lens. Take a L lens out for a test. You'll be amazed.


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Feb 17, 2011 12:04 |  #9

ZXDrew wrote in post #11860610 (external link)
Some of the softness could also be coming from the lens. Take a L lens out for a test. You'll be amazed.

Yeah thats gonna be my next big buy. i cant wait


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Feb 17, 2011 13:11 |  #10

For baseball I prefer never to let shutter drop below 1/1000 and preferably shoot higher than that to eliminate motion blur and freeze ball better. On a day like this, shoot in Av mode or manual mode (f2.8 if lens allows), keep shutter at 1/1000 and then adjust ISO upward to keep it there as needed.

As to the PP on these, bump up vibrance and contrast to get colors to pop better and when you do crop, crop as tight as possible using any standard crop dimension (4x6, 5x7 or 8x10) depending on preference.

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Feb 17, 2011 13:36 |  #11

Riddy831 wrote in post #11861707 (external link)
Yeah thats gonna be my next big buy. i cant wait

My first lens outside of the kit lens was the 70-200 f4 L. I now only have one non-L lens, due to there not being an UWA for a crop body in the L line up.


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