For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with jumping. I jumped over canals, jumped and skipped my way to and from school, joined standing board jump contests, did my best impression of Tarzan swinging thru coconut leaves to jump further, etc. etc. There's something about it that makes me smile and laugh, as a kid then and even now. It's an exhilarating thing to do, any time, all the time.
Hence, to get the perfect jump shot is a fascination as well. It's a pretty tricky thing to do, specially before since the cameras were not as fancy and I couldn't really see if it was captured perfectly until the film got developed.
In the era of smart phones and digital cameras though, the landscape has completely changed. I now have a slew of jump shots perfectly captured, limited only by my imagination (for the pose) and the photographer's patience (not mine, since I can do a million jumps to get my perfect picture!). I also use jump shots (and my other fascination, mural shots) to uniquely capture different places, whenever I travel. Not only is it fun to do, but it also creates a different perspective of the location from the usual travel pictures.
Sharing herein is my step by step guide to capture the perfect basic jump shot.
Enjoy and try it!
About this blog: This was originally written as an album on Facebook in March, 2012. I have expanded it a bit to provide better perspective on my fascination for jump shots. It's called Jumpshot 101 since the pose is the most basic of jumps. I believe one should master this pose first before getting fancy with other, more creative jumps. Photo credits to Arnel Manalang. Location is at the Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat, near the City of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.