Action Recipe

Jack on slide

Ever just wish someone would just give the step by step on what settings you need for a portrait.. Do you want. to skip the know how and get straight to the nitty gritty of the settings and get started.

Well, here you go.  

Equipment you'll need:

  • A lens that will flatter your subject
  • Shoot in manual mode

Action Recipe

If your child is anything like mine, they’re always on the move. Today, I want to show you different ways to get the best action shot of children. If you’re not comfortable or don’t have manual mode, try shutter priority mode. This allows you to choose your shutter speed, while the computer works out the rest of it for you.

If you want to adventure in manual mode,  Here are my x tips to freeze those precious moments of skipping, running, dancing, swinging.


Choosing the right lens can be difficult and it depends on where and what you are shooting. There are two schools of thought when it comes to a good portrait lens for outdoor. I use either my 70-200mm lens, which allows me more room to move, or my 24-70mm for wider shots.  

Action Recipe

This Image was f/2.8  1/800 ISO160


Set your focus to a Single point or one shot. This always you to focus on the eyes, as this should be the sharpest point on your photo. 


Portraits of a single person, are best set between f2.8 and f4, if you want a blurry background. If you’re current lens doesn’t go that low, then I’d recommend the 50mm f1.8 lens. It will certainly get you started and is very reasonably priced. If you want to include the full background as part of your composition/story then I’d recommend f/16.  

Shutter Speed

Raise you shutter speed. Depending on where you are you’ll need to experiment with your shutter speed. Anything below 1/250 is likely to be blurry. All the way up to 1/1600 for those manic moments, but for now start around 1/800-1000. 


I like to keep this as low as possible. 100. 

White Balance

I tend to leave my in auto and correct this as part of my post processing, If I think it’s a particularly difficult situation I put a grey card in my first couple of shots. However, If you’d prefer to do this in camera, simply set to the lighting. If its sunny set it too daylight, if its overcast set it to cloudy. 

Action Recipe


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