That Instagram feed with perfectly timed running photos? Well, they’re not all perfectly timed and I’ve got the outtakes to prove it. Setting up the perfect “runfie” (running selfie) is a little bit about timing and setting, and a whole lot about repetition. The more you “runfie” the more you develop an eye for a good shot and perfect your timing.
Here are a few tips for snagging a great shot on your next run:
Pick a background that is pleasing to they eye. This may sound like common sense, but mailboxes, power lines, houses and the like can look like clutter in a picture. Simple backdrops are more striking that busy ones.
Finding a good place to prop your phone is always a challenge, but you learn to get creative: two large rocks, a branch that’s angled just-so, a mailbox or fence post. I’ve put my phone on just about any surface you can imagine while out for a run and the more you are looking for them the more of those “perfect prop spots” appear!
I’ve always used my iPhone on a timer and the best way to get the shot is to use the 10 second timer and stand so that you can see the timing flashes. With three seconds remaining the timer starts to flash rapidly and that’s when I start running past the phone. It’s best to set you phone at an angle or run on an angle so that you’ll have ten photos to choose from, instead of only a few. If you run perpendicular to the camera lens, you’re less likely of capturing a useable photo.
Don’t Give a Sh*t
You have to stop caring what passersby will think of you and just go for it. I’ve taken some shots where there’s been lots of other people around. Whatever, they think I’m nuts. It’s cool, because I am a little nuts…I mean, we’re runner’s aren’t we all a little nuts?
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