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How to Photograph Fast Moving Objects on Your Phone

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Do you find it difficult to capture moving subjects on your phone? You either miss the shot completely or it just turns out blurry? Action shots can be tricky to master, but we’ve got you covered.

If someone you know is running the London Marathon this year, completing their first 10K or taking part in Tough Mudder, we have a few top tips to help you capture it all on camera and give them some super action shots to remember their sporting achievements with.

Believe it or not, the solution to awesome fast-moving photography is already on your phone. Here’s our sports photography 101 guide to get you up to speed…

1. The secret to sports photography revealed…

Phone photography tip

First things first, let us introduce you to the burst mode feature on your iPhone, which acts as a fast shutter. This is the perfect solution to capturing moving objects, without the blurriness that you’ll get from a one-off shot. You’ll need to be in good light for this to work properly, then simply hold down the middle button for as long as you need to on your iPhone and it will take 10 separate images per second.

After you’ve captured your subject, go into your albums on your phone to review. Tap the stack and firstly look for select. When you press this, you’ll find that your iPhone will have chosen out the best photos of the bunch for you already. If you disagree, you’ll be able to sift through the images to pick your favourite one yourself.

2. Things you need to ensure you prepare beforehand…

Phone photography tip
As this sort of photography is so quick, you’re going to want to have all your settings prepared ahead of time. This includes your focus and exposure settings, to ensure you are ready for when the subject you’re capturing comes into view.

To do this, simply tap the screen where you want to focus and keep the hold on the screen for 3 seconds. This will bring up a yellow box, which says AE/AF LOCK. If you want to then change the exposure you can swipe up or down to change. You’ll also want to clean your lens to ensure you get crisp, sharp images. For more handy tips, take a look at our blog post on taking better photographs with your smartphone.

3. And finally, get some space and break all the rules…

Phone photography tip

As is the case with many of these events, the crowds make it impossible to get the perfect shot. Head away from them to find your own space. You’ll also find that by doing this you’re going to get better composed photos that you’ll be pleased as punch with.

Really begin to think about your composition. For a running event you don’t want to be too low otherwise it will be hard to find your subject. Perhaps in this circumstance, you may want to aim to get up a bit higher. Think about whether you want to zoom in on the face or get a wide action shot. Just remember, photography has no rules so have some fun with it!

Once you’ve captured the photo, consider how you can use it as the perfect personalised gift. Create a CEWE PHOTOBOOK of their athletic adventures, print out your favourite snap on a poster and frame it, or design a canvas print to let them show off their running skills every day.

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