How To Film Baseball With An iPhone From Behind The Cage

Michael Video, Yo&Yang October 5, 2020
iPhone 8 with clamp-on fish-eye lens

In just a few weeks, my 8-year-old has upgraded from Little League to Travel League. I am taking up the challenge of filming some real ball games also, upgrading my gears as well. This time right behind the cage, instead of sticking a mono-pod into one of the metal tubes along the dugout fences.

To make the whole system shock-proof (not sure it’s Major League shock-proof), I iterated a couple of different setups until I settled on this one, pictured above, that I really love. (Shown below is a sample clip from a 105-min whole-game video starring my boy’s single, base stealing and run.)

Forest Hills Bombers Evan scores a run while Juan RBIs and teases 1B

Here below is the Little League 2020 regular season (summer) recap, using the stuck-in mono-pod setup off the first or third base fence:

Pros and Cons of behind the cage

Cons:

  • Lots of trial and error to get it right
  • May take a really wide fish-eye lens to cover all bases
  • Gap between home plate and cage might be too tight on some fields

Pros:

  • Best angle

Comparison of two fish-eye lenses

Lens 2 (just missed 1B)
Lens 1 (just enough to cover all bases)

If you have better tricks or other ideas to share, or just want to compare notes or talk technique, feel free to text me at 646-883-3115. Good luck filming and cherishing these fond memories!