Tips from the US Open: Taking the Perfect Action Shot

For more photos and videos from the US Open, be sure to visit the Arthur Ashe Stadium - USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center location page and follow the official accounts for the world tours: @atpworldtour and @wta.

The US Open (@usopen) is in full swing in New York! The Open is the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, and over the next few days the men’s and women’s champions will be crowned. If you’re attending the US Open matches or just playing tennis with friends, be sure to keep these mobile sports photography tips from the folks at Getty in mind:

  • Pay attention to where your point of focus is set in the frame. The focal point can make or break an image, so make sure you have one and tap the screen to focus on that spot.
  • Take advantage of the morning and afternoon light. Bright light can be harsh, but early or late light creates beautiful, dark backdrops that accentuate a well-lit subject.
  • Take your photo earlier than you think you need to. A tennis ball is faster than you think!
  • Think outside of the rally. Action shots don’t just mean the ball and racquet—be ready for players’ reactions and celebrations.