Tips On Capturing Motion Shots With An iPhone

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a good action shot is worth a million. Capturing something in motion is hard to do, particularly with an iPhone. How can you tell when the perfect moment is coming? How do you keep it from just being a blurry mess?

Luckily, unlike a regular camera, you can use apps to make your job easier with the iPhone, and there are many, many options out there to help you capture the best motion shot.

Apps to Help you Capture Best Motion Shots

Camera Genius
Cost: $2.99

Use this app’s “burst” mode to take more than one shot at a time. It will capture many different photos in rapid succession, allowing you to choose the best later. It also has a great feature that adjusts for different light, outdoor and indoor.


What about taking many shots in a single frame? This allows you to do just that, arranging up to 8 images into a single photograph. You select the time interval you’d like it to use – from 0.1 to 3 seconds. The app also has many themed layouts to choose from as well as several filters.

Cost: $0.99

This app also has a “burst” mode that makes it great for action shots, but it has an additional feature that takes it a step further. It has the ability to automatically level photos in real-time, making it even easier to get the ideal motion shot.

Cost: Free

Shoot from 3 to 9 frames per second, and then change the effects and layout. They even offer vintage effects and a fun photo booth style theme.

Cost: Free

This app will shoot up to 5 separate images fast — and then compile them into a single sequence shot for a unique final photo.

Tips for Taking Motion Shots

When framing your shot, remember to keep the basics of photography in mind. Even though you’re not using a traditional point-and-shoot camera, the iPhone isn’t all that different in the end, especially with the help of the apps we’ve shared above.

  • Use the Rule of Thirds. This is the idea that you imagine the image is divided into nine equal parts (two horizontal and two vertical lines) and place important elements along the lines or their intersections.
  • Seek out good lighting. Motion shots come out best in outdoor lighting or in bright light.
  • Avoid using flash unless it’s really necessary. If you already have good ambient lighting, it shouldn’t be.
  • Keep the camera steady. This is especially important if you plan to compile multiple shots into one.
  • When you have the best shot, bring it over to Photoshop or use another iPhone app to edit it and make it even better.
  • Try, try, and try again. The only way to get better at capturing motion shots is to practice, so find a situation where you can really make use of it, like a sporting event or when your pet is running around, and snap away!
Imtiaz Rayhan

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