Jump Right Up

 
Even though the actual jump is far in the background, the lines leading up to the figure are what make the image truly fun. Photograph/Bruno Pecchioli

Even though the actual jump is far in the background, the lines leading up to the figure are what make the image truly fun. Photograph/Bruno Pecchioli

On the Ready!
Make sure all your settings are in place before your subject jumps. You will need to pre-focus on your subject and release the shutter just at the perfect moment as they jump. To freeze the movement, you will need to use a fast shutterspeed. For this, you may need to dial up the ISO depending on the light available to you.

Location, Location, Location!
Shooting a jump portrait can be oodles of fun, but you have to get the location right! Try shooting at backgrounds of a stunning waterscape, a cliff or a rooftop with a magnificent view of a city.

Step Back
If you are going to be close to your subject, you may want to take a few steps back as people can jump very high. On the other hand, if you want to shoot an exaggerated view of your subject, you can photograph them from a low angle as they lift off.

This review originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of Better Photography.

Shoot a series of images and combine them later in a photo editing software. This will give a range of movement to an otherwise static image. Make sure you use a sturdy tripod. Photograph/Marjan Lazarevski

Shoot a series of images and combine them later in a photo editing software. This will give a range of movement to an otherwise static image. Make sure you use a sturdy tripod. Photograph/Marjan Lazarevski

Tags: shutterspeed, location, Jump, High, Sequence, pre-focus