Sunday, April 19, 2009

I hope to keep up with posting some baseball videos moreso than I did with basketball, and hopefully this will give you something to think about as you head to the ball field this spring/summer.

One key thing to remember is that you need to shoot wide open or close to it. If you've got a 300/f2.8 or 400/f2.8 you might be able to get by with f4 as I did in these examples. If you're shooting with a shorter lens (like a 70-200/f2.8) you'll probably want to be wide open.

Good luck and happy shooting!


  1. Scott,
    Could you posibily do a peice on the batter comming out of the box after contact has been made? I have been trying to do this with some success down the 1st base line just down aways from the dougout outside the fence at the LL level.
    I seem to want to try and get the contact then the photo of the batter looking up at the ball as he heads out to 1st base. Some kids tend to want to look down (nothing I can do about that I guess) as they take off and throw/drop the bat behind them.
    Maybe I should just concentrate on the shot as the batter leaves the box instead of trying to get that, and the contact both.Finding it hard to switch my single point focus point back to center point after having at an upper left corner. Shooting in verticle.
    I know its only one push of the
    (right focus point adjust button) and then pushing the joystick on my 1DM3, but in that time frame it seems like I sometimes miss the face as he turns to run or look up at the ball as its leaving the infield, and therefore miss the good face shot.
    Maybe I should just concentrate on the one photo instead of trying to get both.
    What do you think?
    Jeff Napier

  2. I'm not sure what I could tell you that will help, other than to keep at it. I think it's hit-and-miss, as some athletes really watch the ball (MLB, for example), and others run hard and look down as you've described (youth baseball).

    Plus the angle you're shooting from will depend on how easily these kinds of photos are to get. Obviously, being as straight down the line as possible will help.

    I'll see if I can find some images and post examples here.

    Thanks for stopping by.