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.