Photography question

I received this email this week and wanted to answer it for everyone:

Hi Noemi.

 I have been reading your blog everyday for the past year.  You are an amazing photographer.  I have been inspired by your talents.  I recently volunteered to take photos of my sons’ baseball teams.  I’m not sure if I have gotten in over my head or not.  Do you have any tips on how I can get some great photos of the team.  Thank you for taking your time to read this.


Well, getting in over your head is an essential part to being stretched in your creativity! I applaud you for taking on the task and I think you’ll have tons of fun doing it! Here’s my suggestions:

-use or borrow a telephoto lens (it’ll help you get close up shots with out running all over the field)

-capture the team before, during and after the game (it’ll give more of the photojournalistic feel to your shots)

-don’t be afraid to let them pose (eg. showing off their muscles or giving each other rabbit ears or laughing hysterically)

-get different angles (try and get the shot from the view from the bench, bleachers, home plate and the field OR go as low as you can, then take shots from the highest point you can)

-capture other stuff too (it’s great to get family and friends in shots – especially if you want to post the pictures and even sell them as a fund raiser for next years team)

I hope this helps,


Patty - June 10, 2008 - 11:24 am

Amy –

I’m a mom who has been the team photographer for soccer, hockey and baseball teams. Here are a few things that I’ve learned:

1. Get to the location of the game with enough time to scope out good shooting spots. Take some test shots for white balance and light.

2. Make a game plan for each game. Concentrate certain innings on pitching, catching, fielding, inn field, out field, batters, runners. It is impossible to chase the action with your camera

3. Use continuous shooting. It helps ensure that you will get a great picture of kids sliding into home or catching a fly ball. It also gets great series of kids pitching.

4. Use zoom but not too tight. If the zoom is too tight, you end up with cut off arms and legs and ackward pictures. You can always crop closer in editing.

5. Get to know each boy/girl on the team. Make sure you are getting pictures of all of them. You will find yourself drawn to certain children (maybe not even your own) because they are in the action and very graceful. You don’t want to have 500 pictures with 250 of them being Joey and none being Sammy.

Enjoy yourself. It’s really fun to be the team photographer!

Amy - June 10, 2008 - 6:52 pm

Thank you Noemi and Patty for the great tips.

I look forward to going to the games and getting more pictures. I excited about trying all of these wonderful tips.

Thank you again!

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