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5 Mobile Photography Tricks for Capturing Action Shots

June 23, 2016

With the 2016 UEFA European Championship in full swing and the Copa América coming to a final climax, many game attendees are wondering how they’ll capture big moments on their smartphones. In general, motion can be challenging for even the most seasoned mobile photographers. Whether you want to capture on-the-field action or simply snap shots of the booming crowd, here are some mobile photography tips for motion.
 

1. Consider Lighting (More is Better)

In order to capture a fast-paced sport without any blur, try to shoot in areas where there is an ample amount of lighting. Fast movement requires plenty of light to give the camera the best shot at snapping a focused image. The amount of light in an environment will determine your iPhone’s shutter speed, and therefore how focused your image becomes.
 
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2. Use Burst Mode

Burst Mode on the iPhone allows you to take a series of photos within a few seconds, or a “quick burst.” It was created with motion in mind – the goal is to capture at least one sharp shot with ideal composition during the burst period. You can select the best photo from the burst session once it’s complete. In the least, the iPhone’s Burst Mode will give you options to choose from as you work out the kinks of capturing subjects in motion.
 
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3. Pan Your Camera

You can’t account for unexpected moves by players, but you can follow the direction of play as you watch a game. Pan your iPhone across your field of vision and continuously take photos in a Burst Mode-like manner. By following your subject matter with your camera, you give it the best chance at focusing in on a specific subject and capturing it in at least one photo.
 
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4. Don’t Rely on Auto-Focus

If you’re attempting to snap a shot of a still subject in a motion-filled environment, such as an idle player or crowd member, don’t rely on auto-focus. Instead, selectively focus on your subject in the screen. Simply tap on the portion of the image that you want to be highly focused, then shoot. This will allow you to hone in on the subject matter while allowing blur and motion to exhibit itself in the background.
 
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5. Experiment with HDR

The High Dynamic Range mode in the Camera app artificially enhances dynamic range by combining bright, normal and dark exposures. It can help bring out details that would otherwise be missing while shooting in Auto mode. Experiment with HDR on your iPhone to see if it can help you capture crisper shots during the game.
 
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If you’re attending one of the 2016 UEFA European Championship games, the Copa América, the Olypmics in August, or, you simply want to improve on your sports mobile photography skills—these five tips will bolster your efforts.

 
 
Written by: Krystle Vermes.

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Krystle Vermes
Krystle Vermes

Krystle Vermes is a professional writer, blogger and podcaster with a background in online and print journalism. Passions include everything tech, sports, and the paranormal. When she isn’t freelance reporting, she’s running her paranormal blog, GetSpooked.net. Krystle is a graduate of Suffolk University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism.

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