Creating photo books is one of my obsessions, and my favorites among them are my baseball photo books. I’ve attended many home games and joined my friends in a tradition to visit a new baseball stadium every year. You may think you won’t have enough baseball shots to create a nicely filled photo book, but I’m here to tell you that it can be done! There’s more to a baseball photo book than action photos of the game. Whether you’re attending a regularly scheduled weekday game or the final game of the World Series, keep this shot list in mind and your next trip to the ballpark will make a great photo book.
1. Front gate of stadium – it’s where the fun begins! Be sure to capture the front gate by itself, a solo shot with you included and a group photo. It’s proof that you were there!
2. Wide angle shot inside the stadium – there’s nothing like looking back at a wide angle view of the ballpark. You can capture the general feel of the space, energy and magic of game night.
3. Stadium landmarks (plaques, statues, signs, trophies, Hall of Fame walls and other attractions) – not only do these shots make great filler for your photo book, but it also is a great history lesson. History is a part of baseball and knowing the past makes you a great baseball fan.
4. Scoreboard – since all baseball stadium scoreboards are different across the U.S., it’s always a good idea to have a picture with the scoreboard behind you. Think of it as your postcard from that stadium. My favorite? Boston Red Sox’s Green Monster!
5. Food – are you visiting a ballpark with a food “must-have”? Here in San Francisco people love their garlic fries! Be sure to get a solo or group shot with everyone enjoying the food, as well as close-up shots of your yummy eats.
6. Non-action shots of the players – if you arrive early enough, you may catch a glimpse of the players during batting practice. Most of the players are standing around waiting for a ball to come their way. This is a good opportunity to take some photos of your favorite players.
7. You with the players – another benefit of arriving early during batting practice is the opportunity to take photos with the players. You’d be surprised at how many players will take a few minutes to pose with their fans.
8. Action shots of the players and game – when you really get into the game, it’s easy to forget to take photos of your team in action. Don’t be afraid to get “shutter-happy,” as you never know what can happen.
9. Mascot – whether it’s a photo with you, with fans surrounding it, or the mascot by itself, a team mascot gets people pumped and always puts smiles on fans faces.
10. Audience and your surroundings – you can get some great shots if you pay attention to your surroundings. Photos of fans cheering or anticipating a play can make a great photo. If you’re close enough, try to get some shots of the players’ reactions to the plays.
Do you need inspiration? Take a look at a compilation of my favorite baseball memories – New York 2008 – Baseball Edition