10 Tips on Shooting a Cricket Match from a Cellphone!
As the IPL circus grips the nation, thousands of households have eyeballs glued to the television set every night. But given a choice, those people watching it on a television would rather be physically present at the stadium in the midst of all the action.
Cricket isn’t just about who wins. It’s about the electrifying atmosphere that spirals out of control every time the home team’s batsman hits a six. It’s about the collective prayers that are sent to God as 10 runs are needed of the last over, with one wicket to spare.
There’s just one problem- How do you capture this emotion when you can’t carry a camera inside? Don’t be sneaky…one of my colleagues tried smuggling a camera in, but in vain. So that leaves us with just one option: our cell phone camera.
Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you find yourself at a cricket match.
The Question of Zoom
While clicking from your mobile, avoid zooming in. While it might get you closer to the action, the image will be blurred. Zooming in digitally once the picture has been clicked is a viable option, especially with phones like the 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020.
One can capture some phenomenal images without zooming in. With a wider frame, one can capture about three fourth of the entire ground with most of the players in action.
Your Immediate Surroundings
Pictures of the action unfolding on the pitch may not be up to your standards.
However, pictures taken of the atmosphere – crowds, flags, banners, painted faces – will prove to be some of your finest images. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show people the whirlpool of madness that surrounds you!
Players in the Deep
It’s almost impossible to click a good photograph of a player close to the pitch.
However, a player (in all probability) will come close to the boundary where you are sitting. A jersey number very often says more than the face, so just because his back is against you don’t miss out on the opportunity to click.
The Best Vantage Point
If you’re sitting in the first few rows, the grill might come in the way and ruin any chance of clicking a good photograph. Walk back until the grill doesn’t come in your frame and then click. If, however, you’re going to match with the sole purpose of clicking photos, choose a seat on the second row in the upper tier. Up there, neither the grill nor the crowd will come in your way.
Shooting action on the ground would require a number of shots to be taken in order to end up with one good one. Shooting in Burst mode allows you to do just that. This is also especially useful if you’ve got a slow camera phone.
The Floodlight Effect
Don’t hesitate taking pictures under the while floodlights. It usually makes the turf seem greener and the players’ outfits shinier. However, the flare is something you will have to deal with.
Panoramic shots as a cricket stadium will always give you interesting results. Note that keeping your hand steady herculean task while panning, especially with the crowds that surround you. A possible solution would be to reach earlier, before the crowd enters, and capture a panorama of cricketers warming up before the match. That way, you’d be able to keep your hand steady and still capture some on-ground action!
Get the Blur
Switching over to Night Mode reduces the shutter speed, thereby giving certain blurs which gives a sense of activity. There are even some apps, like Slow Shutter Cam for iOS devices that let you control the shutter speed to give you the blur effect.
Keep your Phone Ready
A batsman can hit the ball towards the boundary in your direction anytime. You must be prepared with the camera to capture the ball coming in your direction or the fielder preventing the ball from passing the boundary.
The match goes on for an average of 4 – 5 hours. While you might have a powerful battery life, it’s advisable to switch your phone over to Flight Mode and stop all apps running in the background since the best performance from your phone is needed.