How To Photograph People Jumping

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Tips for taking jumping photographs.

Tips for taking jumping photographs.

How To Photograph People Jumping – Who doesn’t love summer days spent frolicking on the beach.  More than half of our time during the summer is spent camping at our RV on the beach.  That means a lot of time hanging out enjoying the sand, sun and waves. During the past few summer’s there I’ve taken many, many photos, especially of my daughter.  I love capturing all the moments of childhood – digging, burying, throwing, riding, running and my favourite, jumping.

People are often too scared or intimidated to shoot high action jumping photos but there are a few tricks that can help you capture the moment. Most camera’s these days have all you need to take these super fun photos.

Choose your scene

Make sure you have a simple background. Usually something that isn’t too busy so that the jumper will stand out. Also make sure you aren’t taking the photo directly into the sun – always try to get the sun behind you if possible.

Get up close and personal

The closer you can get to the person jumping, the more dramatic the photo will be and the more detail you’ll be able to capture. Often times taking the photo in portrait format (or up and down) helps make the jumper stand out better – remember to leave room at the top of your photo so that the head doesn’t get cut off.

Go low, low, low

The most dramatic and energetic jumps are photographed when the photographer is lower than the jumper. It helps to kneel, crouch or lay on the ground when taking these photos.

Study your camera

If you have a DSLR camera, use a high shutter speed if possible – if you’re not sure just keep on automatic.  If you’re using a point and shoot, test how quickly your camera actually takes the photo after you push down the shutter button.  Many point and shoots have a bit of a lag so make sure you account for this minor timing adjustment.  You can also use the sports or motion setting  if your camera comes with that setting.


Have the person stand right where you’ll be taking the photo and pre-focus your camera by pressing the shutter button halfway down to prepare for the shot.


Count “1-2-3-jump” to help get the timing right for taking the photo. You may have to do this a few times to coordinate with your jumper. Remember that you want to snap the shot at the peak of the jump.

Shoot, shoot and shoot some more

The beauty of the digital camera’s is that you can take as many photos as your memory card can handle and you can delete on the spot, so take as many photos as you can… well, until your jumper runs out of steam anyway.

These quick tips will help you take great jumping photos

These quick tips will help you take great jumping photos

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Jamey By Jamey Ekins
~ Being imaginative, crafty and artistic is just like breathing to me. I blog about crafting, design, kids fun and activities, DIY’s, crochet, sewing, art, recipes and more. You’ll find lots of free loot too including, patterns, printables, tutorials and downloads. New and creative ideas are posted frequently so stop by and check it out.




3 Comments on How To Photograph People Jumping

  1. Marek
    May 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM (2 years ago)


    I was wondering if you would grant me permission to use your photo, the two girls jumping in the pool or the girl by the lake here, to use as a cover photo for our school literary collection. The book is only printed in about 250 copies and is distributed within our school community.

    thanks for your time.

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    • Jamey
      June 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM (2 years ago)

      Sure, no problem. Enjoy!
      ~ Jamey

      • Name
        June 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM (2 years ago)

        :). Thank you!


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