Originally Posted by JohnG
shot 3: too much dead space. You got the ball in the frame, which is good. But you don't need the umpire or catcher in the frame - just the batter and the ball.
Good advice for producing a photo like almost every other sports magazine photo of a batter connecting. I like your photo because everyone in the dugout is watching three players at work in a moment that occurs hundreds of times in a game yet is still dramatic each time. JohnG's suggestion produces a photo of a batter connecting. Your photo captures the essence of baseball offense.