6 Helpful Tips to Taking Great Action Shots on your Smartphone

1) Embrace negative space.

What is negative space? Negative space is just a fancy way to say plain background. By using a plain background behind your subjects, your subject will stand out more and be easier to distinguish. When taking photos of your child riding a balance bike or scooter, examples of negative space or a plain background might be grass parkland, open sky, the ocean or a large wall.

2) Create interesting perspectives.

A great way to make your photo stand out is to take it from an angle other then what your eyes normally see. Make the angle unique and unexpected. Most photos your see taken on smartphones are pretty straight forward. When taking a photo of your child riding their Little Nation, try get down low to be eye level with the bike or scooter. Another example might be to take a shot from above their head looking down.


3) Play with reflections.

A sure pleaser is capturing your subject through a reflection. Puddles, lakes, windows, mirrors are all good sources for reflections or an easy one would be your sunglasses.


4) Use leading lines.

A leading line is any line that draws your attention from one part of the photo to another. They are perfect for creating depth in your photo and can make your image look well thought out. Examples of leading lines would be train tracks, foot paths, fences, even a slide or handrails of play equipment.


5) Look for symmetry.

An image that can be divided into 2 equal parts that mirror each other are said to be symmetrical. Using symmetry is one of the most simple and compelling ways to take a photo. You can find symmetry pretty much anywhere once you start looking. Examples may be a set of swings, 2 cricket nets or a wall. You can use the gridlines feature on your smartphone to line everything up.


6) Fading light? No worries.

Use fading light to your advantage by taking action shots like the one pictured by instagram user @stefantraj. Simply track your child with your smartphone, keeping them in the centre of your screen. When you take the photo, your child should be crisp whilst the background should be streaky creating a moving effect. You may need several attempts at this technique.

@stefantraj snapped this great photo in fading light.