Commack High School Varsity Softball vs. Walt Whitman

Commack High School Varsity Softball vs. Walt Whitman

Congratulations to the Commack softball team on their win over Whitman.

Softball and baseball are sports where you have to think about the direction of light and how you're going to adjust for it. In the best scenario you have an even cloud covering with overcast, bright light which is non-directional. If not, and you have bright sunlight, you have to be prepared to either make quick adjustments in camera or deal with exposure variances in post processing.

The challenge with baseball and softball is that your subject changes quickly depending upon the direction of the ball and you may go from shade to sunlight or from front lighting to back lighting in a split second. I'm all for getting the exposure right in-camera but in this situation I find it best to use my camera's auto-ISO mode and tweak the exposure in post.

I have my auto-ISO setting for a minimum ISO of 200, which is native ISO for my Fuji XT-2, and a maximum ISO of 6400. If it gets dark enough out where I have to go above 6400 (a rare occasion) then the sun is usually down enough where I can switch to a manual ISO mode or lower my shutter speed. Once the camera is on auto-ISO I select the widest lens aperture and a shutter speed of 1/1600 sec. Now I'm free to concentrate on the action without worrying about constantly adjusting my exposure.

Just realize that auto-ISO, like any auto exposure mode, is not infallible and will require some post processing to make your photos look their best.

That's it for this post. I have a ton of photos to edit from yesterday's girls track meet (I actually wore a short sleeve shirt!!!). Have fun.

Commack High School Girls Varsity Track vs. Connetquot

Commack High School Girls Varsity Track vs. Connetquot

Commack High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Riverhead

Commack High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Riverhead