So, my boss coach's his sons baseball team and, perhaps, unwisely, I asked if they had a team photographer. He said no, just the league photographer that does an assembly line team photo/individual shot on one day later in the season. Basically, I'm looking for more experience shooting just about anything, so I asked if I could take some pics at his games. I didn't feel right just going to a local game taking pics of kids I didn't know. I wanted an 'in' so to speak...at least a justification as to why I was there. I wanted to do this for free and just post unprocessed pics on a file sharing website for him or any of the parents to download if they wanted them, but he has brought up paying me for gas/time/pics/cd slideshows, etc a few times. In any case, now I am in kind of an akward position. His 'nearest' game is going to be about an hour from my house, so that's a pretty good drive, and I think his expectations of my 'work' have somehow been inflated from me just wanting to take a few pics for practice to putting together cd's for all of the parents. He's my boss and I have only worked for him for a few months so I want to impress him, and I also have a personality defect where I always want to be great at whatever I do. So, here is the rub, he has a game tomorrow at 10:30 about an hour and a half away from my house at a field I have never been to and a town I have never heard of. I've read all the pages I could find after googling 'youth baseball photography tips' and still have a few questions. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Field access/position- I doubt I will have it and a lot of the sites said I should try to get it for best results. It is a youth baseball, 10 and under, so I figure the field will be relatively small. I also assume most batters will be right handed, so the best place for me to setup would be outside the playing field somewhere between home and first base? Tripod- I have a nice tripod and a cheapo walmart monopod. Should I bother with either of these or just shoot hand held? I took a monopod with me a few days ago to a take some birds in flight photo's and I found the flexibility loss far outweighed the stability and put it back in my car. Lenses- I am just starting out, hence the reason for wanting practice, so the only things I have are the 18-105 VR and the 70-300 VRII and an SB600. I was planning on using the 70-300 without flash. The game is morning to afternoon so I don't think light is going to be a problem. My plan is to set up with the sun at my back if at all possible for the best light. Any other tips for this kind of photography? For birds, I typically shoot in manual, auto-focus continuous attached to the AE/AL button, with VR set to Normal. For what its worth, I put together a slideshow cd for the parents from his last season of pics taken by one of the other parents and the pictures were horrible. Noise was unacceptable, focus was missed quite a bit, shutter speeds were way to slow, and most of the 'at bat' pics barely caught the face. I did do some post processing on the photos he gave me, i.e unsharp mask, color corrections, dejpeg, etc, and they ended up a bit better. He offered to pay me for that, but since they weren't my pics and I felt the quality was so low I declined. I am sure I can do better than what he had, but I want to blow him away...after all, he's my boss and I may get promoted within the next week. Also, does anybody have any advice on monetary issues? I wanted a chance to practice and provide some better pictures than the parents were taking...I felt this was a fair use of my time and the parents would get something out of it, too, but since he has brought up payment, should I negotiate to reinforce the idea that my time is worth something, or just do it for fun? Like I said earlier, my original plan was to provide unprocessed pics for free, but now I don't think I want to present any photos that aren't up to a certain quality level that I hold myself up to and that he holds me to as my boss. Processing the photos will take more time than I had originally planned on, and spending that much time at it wasn't something I had thought about when I first mentioned it to him. I don't want to blow this. Thanks for any help or advice. Regards.