3. Use fast film or a fast ISO setting on a digital camera when taking baseball photos.
ISO 400 is good, 800 is better, and 1000 or 3200 is often even better — or absolutely necessary. That’s because you want to use the fastest possible shutter speed to stop the action. But what about graininess?
For years photographers worried about excess grain the way mothers worried about polio. Science has made both ills a thing of the past.
Yes, you can still find some photographers who dither on about grain in a photo, but they probably haven’t dusted their specs in years. Graininess in photos, or rather the perception of excess grain, has been virtually eliminated from today’s films — fast ones and slow ones. You want to use fast film so you can “stop” the action even in shaded areas of the field. With digital cameras, a high ISO setting can cause noise in the image, so you’ll want to experiment to find the lowest ISO setting you can use while still being able to set a high enough.
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