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First gig shooting a cricket match

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Offered a gig shooting for a local cricket club, and i am trying to figure out how to shoot it. I have a Canon 200d and will be using my 70-300mm zoom. I have settled on a shutter speed of 1/1000 sec with the lens wide open. ISO will be set to auto. I am going to be shooting with a tripod and a shutter release with the camera set to continuous mode.
For batting shots i will position myself off to the side of the wickets and 15' down pitch from them to get a slight angle. For bowling shots i will position myself right behind and slightly to the left of the crease, shooting straight down the pitch at the oncoming bowler. The camera will be 1 meter to 1.5 meters above the ground and i will be sitting on a chair (less distracting to the players) monitoring everything on my tablet using Canon's Camera Connect software.
So, anybody got any suggestions? Am i taking the right approach here? Any ideas about shooting the fielders?
 

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Your exposure strategy is correct. However, a 300mm lens may not be long enough. I’ve done cricket with a 150-600mm lens and at 600mm I still had to crop in to full the frame with the bowler or batsman. You will have to be able to pan quickly to get the fielders. I found if I was focused on the batsman or bowler, it was very difficult to then move to an active fielder. Good luck.
 

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My camera is an APSC so wouldn't that mean I was shooting at a 35mm equivalent of 460mm? Or am I mistaken on this principle?
 

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My camera is an APSC so wouldn't that mean I was shooting at a 35mm equivalent of 460mm? Or am I mistaken on this principle?
The principal is correct, but your 200D has a crop factor of 1.6. Therefore 300 X 1.6 = 480 on a 300mm zoom would equal 480 mm compared to a 35mm camera.
 

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Well, i was close, lol. Thanks for the correction Roger. I have to use the lenses i own and that one is the longest I have. I will be going out Thursday to take some shots at a different club while they practice so I should be able to see how well the setup works. Funny thing is I don't even like cricket. :)
 

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Funny thing is I don't even like cricket.
Funny thing is, I've never seen a cricket match, though I would love to at least once.
 

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Take a comortable chair and a good book. Think of it as baseball on sedatives.
Actually, thats kinda unfair, it's actually quite a dynamic game. Some Australian fast bowlers can send the ball down the pitch at over 120mph, thats FAST! The fielders don't wear gloves, they catch the ball in their bare hands which is pretty gutsy considering how fast that ball comes off the bat. It can be a somewhat dangerous game. I am going to make sure I am in a location that minimizes the possibility of being struck by a ball, spectators have been injured on occasion.
If you get a chance to see a match try to go with somebody who knows the game, they can explain the nuances to you.
 

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For the bowling shots I'd wear a helmet and watch out when there's a spinner bowling!!! ;-) Seriously, I reckon catching the action on bowling shots may be something of an art as the trajectory of the 'action' can change rapidly, especially when a fast spinner is bowled, and the reaction of good batsmen at the crease can be quite fast. I'd be interested to know of your set-up for depth of field. Good luck and let's hope we see some of the results.
 

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Think of it as baseball on sedatives.
If it helps, I shot these at 1/1000 sec. and 105mm. I was set up around 15 metres to the left of the batter's box hoping for left handed swingers, although some of the right handed ones came out not so bed. The trick is to watch the pitcher (bowler in your case) and start a 5 shot burst the very moment the ball leaves his/her hand. This was a slow pitch game so your timing may differ.

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