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Challenge: Sports III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM
Location: Hart Baseball/Softball Pony League
Date: May 6, 2007
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 4000
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: May 6, 2007

RAW=Levels, saturation, contrast

PS=Crop, Levels, USM, USM again but different, duplicate image layer, soft light blend mode at 20% opacity, flatten, reduce, save

For those interested in improving your sports photography, there are some actual guidelines that I have copied into my blog.

The guidelines are not of my invention. They are of other pro's out there that actually want a good sports photo to try and sell to a magazine or paper.

To find the guidelines, go to the beginning of my blog.

[url] //sportspicture.blogspot.com/ [/url]

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05/18/2007 11:01:17 AM
Some Basic Guidelines for
Sports Photography


1) Rule of 6= Don't include the whole team in any one picture frame. It looks too cluttered. Use no more than 6 players from the team to get your point across that there actually is a team.

2) Action shots should include facial expressions and the ball. Opposing teams are good to get in the shot, but make sure to get the main player comped before the secondary player.

3)Focus all your shots to be tack sharp. Anything less is not a good picture.

4)Comp your frame to have all of the players limbs in the frame. Try not to cut limbs off.

5) A player running twords you is a better picture than a player running away from you.

6) Keep your bg soft, and don't include ANY advertisement. Banners of the teams are ok, but Nike, or Burger King is distracting unless you are going after a ad shot. Also, re-con your venue. Find the bg you like best and use it. A blank wall is better than a parking lot.

7)
Crop tightly.

8) Anticipate your shots. Especially on a long lens. Know your sport, put the lens where on a part of the playing area where you think the most plays will be, and let the action come to you.

9) Wide lens shots are great for full team shots, full stadium shots, fan shots, fields shots.

10) There is more to sports than the competition. Look for stuff before, during, and after any game. The lone ball, the hash mark, the tossed baseball cap, the deranged fan, the drunk owner.

11) I mentioned this, but I can not stress enough but KNOW YOUR SPORT. Anyone can shoot a sporting event, but if you don't know when to anticipate the action, then why are you there. If it is a new sport to you, start watching ESPN and go to that sporting event. Ask questions to people that does know the sport. Baseball is different photographically than football. Baseball you are limited to where you can stand, football you can roam up and down the field.

12) Find out who the stars are, or the impact players are before the game. These people will be more in demand from editors, and/or they will be the players that make the great plays.

13)Know your peramaters with the sport. Youth sports usually has no problems of where you can be to take pictures. But, when you get into college, and pro sports, there are guidelines to be aware of to not interfere with the coaching staff and the players.

14)Bring a flash with you, but ask first if you can use the flash. Sometimes coach's don't like flash's to be used, e.g. the fast lens.

15)Bring extra everything with you, you will need it.

16) Avoid fence lines going through your players image if possible. This is not always possible, but try anyway.
05/16/2007 01:21:46 PM
For those interested in improving your sports photography, there are some actual guidelines that I have copied into my blog.

The guidelines are not of my invention. They are of other pro's out there that actually want a good sports photo to try and sell to a magazine or paper.

To find the guidelines, go to the beginning of my blog.

Sports Picture Blog; Where to find the guidelines to sports photography
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/15/2007 07:45:24 AM
fantastic shot
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05/14/2007 02:02:19 AM
Excellent job of stopping the action. Good focus. Nice crop. The faces are a little dark. But I know that this is a hard shot to get because I have tried to take the same type of photo.
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05/13/2007 08:43:49 AM
and he's ??? Nice omposition. Like how the sun worked for you with the shadows. Good luck.
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05/12/2007 09:14:44 PM
Great diagonal composition. I like the shadows on the ground. Perfect capture. (He better get his foot on the base.) 10
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05/10/2007 11:10:42 PM
This is really good timing and framing. I wish the focus was a little better and there was more detail in the faces to see the expressions.
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05/10/2007 08:18:31 PM
I really like how you can actually see the ball in the shot!
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05/10/2007 04:03:52 PM
Nicely timed!!
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05/10/2007 03:34:12 PM
Nice shot! I wish there was a little more space between the player covering the base and the left edge of the photo.
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05/10/2007 10:37:06 AM
nice shot - well framed - i like it
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05/10/2007 01:01:24 AM
was he safe? I seriously want to know, nice job for making me interested
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05/09/2007 03:28:07 PM
safe! great photography
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05/09/2007 01:07:33 PM
Slower shutter would have been great. Now you don't know if the guy to the right is sliding in or if his just posing like that.
05/09/2007 10:00:40 AM
Very nice! You capstured the essense of this challenge perfectly. I was doing some research on action shots, and from what I read, baseball is a challenging sport to capture on film in that a lot of it is vertical. Great photo
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/09/2007 03:57:28 AM
great stop-action here. reds could be more saturated
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05/09/2007 01:30:10 AM
the baseman's foot isn't on the bag! oh no!
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05/09/2007 12:41:56 AM
interesting angle, nice capture
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