One of my long-time best friends visited me in Kenya recently. We had a whirlwind, awesome time together and did tons of stuff that I hadn’t tried before (like eating ox balls). In celebration of our awesomeness, we also perfected the jump shot.
“The jump shot?” you ask. It’s exactly what it sounds like, you jump in the air and get someone else to take a photo of you looking fabulously awesome and happy.
Meg and I got really into the jump shot during her last weekend here. We were jumping every chance we could get. By the end of the weekend, we had perfected the photo, and learned a thing or two about jump shots.
Without further ado, here are my jump shot tips:
1. Get your timing right.
Trying to synchronize the jump shot with a group of people is tough, so make sure you discuss whether you are jumping on the count three or just after you say “three”. If you’re really intense, you might want to practice a few times.
2. Throw your arms up and bend your legs.
A really good jump shot gives the illusion of height. Even if you’re not an all-star jumper, you can still look like an all-star jumper by tucking your legs to the side (look at all that air you got) and pointing your arms towards the sky.
3. Think about the backdrop.
We tried the jump shot in a dark cave, and it didn’t go so well. It was too dark, and the flash on our camera got confused. We ended up looking blurry. For a really stellar jump shot, get something dramatic in the background, like a waterfall, a beautiful landscape, or a famous monument.
4. Use the rapid shot feature on your camera.
If your camera has an “action” setting or can otherwise be programmed to take a series of photos in rapid succession, set it up. You will get the perfect jump shot if you’re camera has this setting because the camera will take 3-4 photos in the span of a second, and one of those photos is bound to catch you mid-jump. If your camera doesn’t have this feature then you’ll have to rely on trial and error.
5. Convert others to the cult of the jump shot.
We got the other people on our safari to do some jump shots too. Because let’s be honest, jump shots are cool, and who doesn’t want a photo of themselves looking cool?