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7) When opening lineup starts, look at dugout. If you're rooting for home team, beginning of game is a great time to get player photographs as they are running out onto field. If not, take photographs during middle of inning. If you don't get perfect photo, delete bad photographs during lull times and try later during game.
8) To take a picture of a swinging batter that will last a lifetime, do following:
*) Preparation is key. First, before game, know how to operate your digital camera. Practice focusing camera and quickly deleting unused photos - sometimes you can delete an unwanted photo before it is completely saved to camera's memory.
*) Before pitch, focus your viewfinder on batter's box and try not to cut out any of batter's body. Zoom in as appropriate, but remember more you zoom in, slower potential shutter speed needed to take a clear photo.
*) Anticipate shutter lag. Lock your focus before pitch; this usually is done by pressing shutter button down half-way.
*) Time it... time it... then as soon as ball is about to hit bat, press down fully on shutter button.
*) If pitch is a strike or swing is not one to be remembered, cancel save so your picture is not written to memory. This way, you can save room for other photos.
9) Look around for photo opportunities not directly related to action. Take a photograph of grounds crew cleaning bases and raking dirt between innings. Get a few shots of crowd. Take a picture of scoreboard. Look at surrounding area. If you want to remember full experience of a baseball game years from now, you should take advantage of one of best features of a digital camera - ability to take lots and lots of photographs - and shoot photographs showcasing FULL baseball experience.
10) Take a break during game! You came to baseball game to enjoy spectacle, not just to take pictures, right? Designate a few innings as photo-free time where you just sit back, munch on a hot dog, drink a soda, and soak in environment.
Remember to study your digital camera manual first and practice, practice, practice! Follow these ten tips and you'll be on your way to taking "home run" baseball photographs in no time.
Copyright 2005 Andrew Malek.
Andrew Malek is the owner of the MalekTips computer and technology help site at http://malektips.com/ . Want more great tips on buying and using digital cameras? Visit http://malektips.com/camera/ for more free digital photography advice.