Photography Tip: How to Shoot Jump Shots

Any bona fide camera-whore would tell you that no photography buff would pass up an opportunity to take a perfect jump shot. No, I’m not talking about shooting hoops with a ball here. I’m referring to pictures of people, kids most especially, jumping in the air. You don’t necessarily have to rob a bank just to get a high-end DSLR. Even with a simple point-and-shoot camera, you should be able to capture that moment when your subjects are in midair.

Jump shots look fantastic when you are able to capture your subjects while they’re at the peak of their jump. In order to achieve this, set your camera on shutter-priority mode and choose a shutter speed of 200-1000s of a second. If you can’t do this, you can set your ISO to ISO800 or higher for a fast shutter speed.

Use the burst or continuous shot mode feature on your camera. This increases your chances of timing your shots perfectly. In this mode, you get to shoot a burst of shots with one press of your shutter.

When you’re all set to take that shot, simply push your shutter button halfway to focus on the subject, and then press it down completely as your subject jumps.

I’m no photographer, but I try to read up on the topic as much as I can. These tips should be pretty easy for wannabes such as myself.

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  1. Baguio Girl says

    great! just what i need for levy’s contest! hee hee. i have not read any photography stuff (yet) so i really don’t know any of these things. buti na lang anjan ka :D

  2. this is a great tip, especially for me who’s a noob in photo shooting, before i could take a nice shot on jump shots, it will take me several shoots hehe

  3. JennyBean says

    Cool Beans! Thanks!

    Do you have any tips on how to get a 2-year-old to look at the camera?!

    • Hmmm… there’s this Samsung dual view LCD camera which shows some kind of animation to engage your 2-year old subject. Other than that, I’m afraid I have no other tip….hehe…do let me know if you find anything out :). thanks for the visit

  4. Hi Pepper! I was thinking the other day how timely this post is for the Levytate contest, hahaha. Wish I’ve read it sooner. I could have applied it. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Very much appreciated!

  5. And oh by the way, I love your blog design, especially the header. Very simple yet commanding and easy on the eye.

  6. nice header Pepper :)

    This is a very informative post. We usually use the continuous shot when we do the jump shot bagal kasi ng camera at ang bigat ko kaya hirap tumagal sa ere :)

  7. Thanks a lot! Definitely a useful skill to learn for an aspiring photographer.

  8. That is some useful information, but you should keep in mind that even with an iso setting of 800 you might consider to use the camera flash.
    These fast shutter speeds require generally a very well lit environment.

  9. I have always wanted to to take lovely action shots such as the one on this page. Alas I don’t think my camera is good enough to produce such a clear shot, but I will heed your useful advice and keep trying!

  10. There is also a setting for DSLR that would shot fast moving objects. But I can’t really provide a good and perfect shot. Good thing I found this blog.

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