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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2002-03-30

Dear Snappy: Debut Column-How do I Photograph Baseball?
By Snappy

(Editor's Note: In Sports Shooter's ongoing quest to bring you the best in all topics related to sports photography, this month we introduce a new advice column.

"Dear Snappy" is the long-lost cousin of twin sisters "Dear Abby" and "Ann Landers". A sports photographer for many years, Snappy has given up her quest to earn a million frequent flyer miles and retired to a life of advice and gin (the kind that goes with tonic, not rummy).

After earning enough Marriott points to qualify for the highly coveted "Barcolounger" award-level, Snappy now enjoys retired life living in a ground-level room at the Courtyard by Marriott in Naples, Florida.

If you have a question, problem or other dilemma you'd like advice on, please send them to dearsnappy@hotmail.com.

Without further ado...we present the first installment of "Dear Snappy".)

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Dear Snappy,

What is the best way to photograph baseball?

Signed,

Don't Know My Bats from my Balls

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Dear Balls,

This question lands on Dear Snappy's desk every spring, as regular as Bobby Knight's teams choke in the Big Dance, as sure as Tiger readies his "A-game" for Augusta, and as absolute as John Biever nailing the big picture. The best way to photograph baseball, my dear, is...WITH A CAMERA!!!

Bwa-ha-ha-ha...Dear Snappy never fails to make herself laugh with that one!

On the serious side, while Dear Snappy senses you are asking this question from a technical sense, she hopes you've already looked at books and magazines to know "what you like" in terms of a baseball shot. That said, the next step is to anticipate where the action will be.

No runners on base? Not likely a picture at second base unless the batter tries to stretch a single into a double.

Runner at first with less than two outs? Then, any ground ball to the infield should give you the "double-play" picture.

It seems simple and obvious, but you'd be surprised how many shooters don't pay attention over the course of a long nine-inning game.

Know the game, my friend and if you don't know it, learn it. Keep track of where you make your pictures and where you missed them, and soon you'll be on your way to becoming V.J. Lovero of your local Pony League.

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Dear Snappy,

My wedding is coming up in less than two months and half my fiancé's family is in jail (he says they were set up). How can I have the wedding of my dreams in a state correctional facility?

Signed,

Frustrated in Fresno

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Dear Frustrated,

Wrong advice columnist, dearie. But Snappy loves nothing better than a wedding party in orange jumpsuits. If you really dig around, you can make orange go with anything -- even white taffeta! Plus, think of the cake as a nice treat for those incarcerated. Cheers!

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Dear Snappy,

Sports photography seems to be such a male-dominated profession. Why is that? Are there any good female shooters out there? And who are they?

Signed,

Too Many Men

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Dear Too Many,

Snappy thinks you can NEVER have too many men, but to address your question, yes, sports photography, like sports reporting and sports broadcasting, is dominated by men.

While Snappy would never divulge her age, she does believe that the imbalance is a result of the male-domination of sports for so many years. As society gets more progressive and females are increasingly accepted as athletes, the number of females participating will continue to grow are, and as a result the number of women in the related endeavors will grow as well.

Women are making inroads in coaching, officiating, broadcasting, and I expect the numbers of females shooting pictures to grow as well.

As for the last part of your question, women have made many of the great sports photographs. Florida-based freelancer Caryn Levy was a torchbearer for female shooters everywhere, and the famous picture of Bobby Knight throwing the chair at Indiana? Taken by an I.U. student named Angela Gottschalk, now a picture editor in Seattle.

Currently, Snappy admires the work of such great women sports photographers as Lori Shepler of the LA Times, Meri Simon of the San Jose Mercury News, Martha Jane Stanton of the San Francisco Giants, Anne Ryan, formerly of USA Today, Vicki Valerio from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jerilee Bennett from the Colorado Springs Gazette and one of the best wire shooters, Kim Johnson of the A.P.

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Confidential to Arrested in Arizona: If an NBA referee tells you to stop using the red-eye reduction on your point-and-shoot when you're sitting courtside in your wife's company seats, then by all means do so without argument. As you learned the hard way, you could earn yourself an overnight stay in the Maricopa County Jail. And they don't give no Marriott points.

 


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