When kids are having a big softball game you have one of two choices; The first choice is to relax beside the field, watch the game and to cheer the young athletes on as they play. The second choice is to use the softball game as an opportunity to get into some good photography practice. It is easy to see that any photo lover will prefer the second option. Taking photos of the game is not just great practice but also enables you to get out there, to be active and to enjoy the game along with the players. Here are a few tips to help you catch great shots of the game.
The right camera and lens is a must
A digital SLR with a high-end EVF is a good camera choice. Of course, DSLR is the best performance cameras when you are trying to catch action shots. Even entry-level DSLR cameras can give you amazing photographs because these cameras have an incredibly fast autofocus which reduces the chance of getting blurry shots while you are trying to catch some of the action on a photo.
You will also need a long glass lens because it isn’t always possible for you to get up close with the players. A 300mm lens is probably enough but a 200mm lens with a 1.4x extender can also give you the desired effect. Lenses are, however quite complex so don’t let the wrong lens stop you from getting out there with your camera. Practice is practice even if you don’t have all the gear you need.
Get some photos of the gear
Softball players invest a lot in their gear. The best slow pitch softball bats, for example, are specially designed to accommodate different players with regards to age, size, weight and some of these bats are better for strongly armed girls while others are preferable to those with quicker pitching speeds and a lower power shot. You definitely want to get a few images of the softball gear when you are out there. The right still photo can be an excellent addition to your softball game photo collection.
Get out there and have some fun
Don’t get too caught up in your photography so you will forget about the game. Children perform much better when parents give them their full attention and support during a game. Get out there and have some fun on the field while you are trying to capture the action on camera. Try to get a few shots of all different players including the outer backs instead of just focusing on the pitcher. Get shots from different angles, shots from up high, shots from eye level and even a few shots from below can be wonderful for an interesting composition.
While you are out there catching the game on camera you might as well have some fun as well. Get your gloves and bat out and see if you can pitch along with the girls. If you aren’t that good at softball then your efforts certainly will be good for a laugh.