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Steve submitted this baseball photo taken with a Canon 40D, at 1/1400 sec, f/6.7, ISO 1600. As a photograph this shows the whole scene and has frozen the ball in mid air. As a sports photograph we need to see more faces, the ball is frozen due to the fast shutter speed but could have been frozen using a lower ISO and slower shutter of 1/800 sec. One major rule of sports photography is to always use the lowest ISO possible to obtain the photo you want.

Another thing to consider is exactly what type of photo you are after. If a photograph of the whole scene such as this is your goal then you can use aperture priority setting your aperture depending on the depth of field you are after. This photo shows the whole scene but isn’t telling us too much except that the batter got a hit. A different angle, even a few steps to his right may have captured the batter’s expression and still shown some of the scene with this lens. Batters are usually shot from the first base or third base line and with longer lenses from the outfield.

Judging by the shadows this is a late afternoon light that would have illuminated the batter's face with that wonderful afternoon golden light. Seeing faces in sports photographs gives the viewer a connection to the action and a glimpse into athlete's intensity, pain, excitement or disappointment. It appears that Steve was standing on the field and not shooting through the fence, this is a very dangerous location to shoot baseball from if you don't have somewhere to take cover from errant balls. Also a general note, watch your backgrounds, with youth sports the backgrounds are usually very messy, opening your aperture will clean up the mess and put more attention on your subject.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets two and a half stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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