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ronin2307 May 5, 2010 10:14 PM

little kids baseball
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my first time shooting this kind of stuff, so any CC is welcome and appreciated. thx

JohnG May 6, 2010 12:07 PM

Welcome to the sports shooting bug. And don't worry (per your other post) - you don't suck.

You've got some good things going here and for a first time these are pretty good.
On to the C&C:

First, next time - number your shots - that makes providing feedback a lot easier as he shot number can be referenced. Overall the exposures look good so nice job there. Faces are easily seen and not in shadow. That's good!
shot 1: mixed feelings. I assume the idea was to show off the flag woven in the fence. What I'm undecided about is whether or not it's an interesting enough subject.

shot 2: Good job getting the ball in the frame - that's important. Having said that, there's a lot of uninteresting dead space - the entire right half of the frame. Also, the background is VERY distracting. That's a tough part with having the backstop and fans so close. Two ways to improve - one is buy a more expensive 300mm 2.8 lens. More realistically though you need to shoot MUCH tighter. Move closer and do a partial body shot - where your batter fills the frame from mid-thigh up. The tough part about that is a lot less margin for error getting the ball in the frame. But you need to get rid of dead space and blur the background better. Cropping won't blur the background so you need to frame tighter. And if 300mm is the max of your lens that means moving closer.

shot 3: way too much dead space. No need for the flag again. You need a shot like this framed a lot tighter with the batter filling up most of the frame. That takes a LOT of lens. The problem with a lot of people getting into sports or wildlife shooting is they over-crop images to make up for loosely framed shots. Those over-crops lose the detail that makes shots interesting.

shot 4: Again, loose framing with too much going on. Is the subject the batter? The catcher? or the umpire? They're all doing something but put together it's not a very interesting narrative. And, because of the loose framing, the background fence becomes a distraction again.

shot 5: good timing, but FACES are what is important. In general you want to shoot a right handed pitcher from behind the plate or from third base line - if on the baseline you want to avoid shooting from too far behind.
front on:

from the side;

Keep it up, you're off to a good start!

griffina6 May 6, 2010 12:11 PM

Hi ronin,

I think I like the second one best of this bunch. it is the only one where I get to see the kid's face, eyes and expression - with a look of determination.

The others are just a little too far away to capture the faces and expressions = emotions.

I think a few shots like those are good for illustrating "the scene" but many people (myself included) prefer images shot tighter.

Another thing to consider is using the large vertical posts in the fence (as in #1 and #3) to help straighten the images. Many people never notice it but I've heard that feed back so many times that it always stands out a little.

In the last image it looks like he is throwing slightly uphill.

It looks like some of these were from outside the outfield fence maybe?? If you can, I would recommend moving closer to third base and/or first base to get more details.


ronin2307 May 6, 2010 2:00 PM

thx for the comments. this was the first time i have done anything like that so a lot of it was simply trial and error.
i wasn't happy about a lot of dead space in the shots, but i was afraid i would overcrop. now i know better.
and yes i definitely need to move in closer.

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