AZAlphaDog wrote in post #16898082
You are offering opinions on the workings of a private club, that would not accept you as a member . . .
. . . and you say I'm the one being silly. Muuuum K, just keep telling yourself that . . .
Yes, that is what I am saying. And who said I would not be accepted? The photographers they do accept seem to produce mediocre images that most parents are not impressed enough to buy. So there is a reputation problem with Maxpreps. Not sure where you're coming from, inventing that information about me not being accepted.
disneydork06 wrote in post #16900017
yeah, right now I have little motivation to get it all done. I finally finished grading a big project and did not want to work on another set so I edited my baseball pics. I went through them quickly and posted them on my flickr if anyone wants to see how much work I need...
I think there is some way to go on these images before they're ready for any sort of publication with a media outlet or Maxpreps (well maybe Maxpreps would accept these, but I really wouldn't feel comfortable submitting them as they are.) There were a lot of shadows that were obscuring detail or detracting from the image that wouldn't pass with an editor. RD_73, RD_72, RD_70, RD_59, RD_58, RD_66, RD_49 as examples. Your night shots have very bad color casts from flickering lights that need to be corrected and made consistent throughout your series before they're suitable for publication submission. The dirt and grass are different colors in almost every photograph, and skin color of the same individual is different between photographs as well. Look at RD_04, RD_03 and RD_02 as an example. RD_69, RD_61, RD_57, and RD_46 aren't flattering to the subject. It's also not a good choice to focus on the bleachers and the pitcher in RD_48, RD_47, and RD_46 when you should have focused on the pitcher and the players in the foreground. The key to having professional level photos that are suitable for media publication is consistency and accuracy. Having the ability to capture pivotal moments is part luck and part foresight. That last part will come when you have more experience. But you can nail the consistency and accuracy elements now very easily.
I also checked, and you don't appear to be doing any sort of IPTC tagging at all. AZAlphaDog didn't catch this, but this would be mandatory in any professional editorial submission and any images missing proper IPTC tagging would immediately be rejected by an editor. I suggest you purchase a program called Photo Mechanic (which I use for my sports and journalism editorial work) and it'll streamline your keywording and captioning for your Maxpreps submissions. For example, I need to know who #25, #22, and #11 are on the home team, so you must caption that into the image. Adding GPS location EXIF info is a good practice for editorial images like yours as well. So when you do your IPTC, you should add Long & Lat coordinates to your image EXIF data.
disneydork06 wrote in post #16893852
I just need the IS for other reasons than just sports. Would be the off occasion headshot/portrait, and I like to visit the zoo on occasion and will be in darker situations sometimes and any other situation that arises that my shutter speed drops from me being able to hand hold.
You want to use a 300mm lens for headshots!??! Have you ever used a 300mm lens before?!
P.S. I love that cat you adopted from the Humane Society.