9 Tips For Better Jumping Photos (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

How to take better jumping photos!Jumpology. 

It’s a term, I swear.  While getting my bachelors in photography I was more than a little obsessed, not just with taking photos, but with studying the history of photography.  I almost went to grad school to get my master’s in the history of photography—but really? What do you do with that? So now here I am, full of knowledge of photographers in the past and ready to share. What does that have to do with jumpology?

How to take better jumping photos! Photographing people jumping has been a huge trend in photography recently, from wedding parties, to actors, to political figures, but it isn’t anything new to the photography world. In fact it was a photographer in the ’40s and ’50s that made it popular. His name was Philippe Halsman.  Halsman said, “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” He photographed many unbreakable subjects this way in order to show their true personalities, and he coined the term “jumpology” as an explanation for his approach.

How to take better jumping photos! Today I want to share a few tips with you on how to take jumping photographs that would make Halsman proud!

1. The lower you go, the higher they will look!  If you shoot from a lower angle, it will appear as though there is more space between the subject and the ground. So get down low, sit or squat near the ground, and shoot up at your subject if you want the appearance of height.

2. Remind your subjects to relax their faces. A lot of times when people are jumping, they tighten their faces at the same time. It’s a simple thing, but it makes a big difference. If that doesn’t work, make them laugh. Laughing and jumping gives a carefree feel to the image.

3.Instead of jumping straight up and down, have your subjects try creating shapes with their bodies. It will appear as if they are floating rather then jumping.

4. Use the continuous burst mode on your camera so that you can take several images while holding the shutter button down. That way you can catch the entire jump, from takeoff to landing, and you won’t miss that perfect moment when they are at the top of their jump.

5. I find it helps to have the subjects count to themselves, rather than having me count. That way they feel in control and are much more relaxed. It’s a simple one, two, three. Then we are both prepared.

How to take better jumping photos! 6. Use a fast shutter speed to freeze the movement. If you don’t know what that means, use the little running man icon on your camera dial. (But really, if you don’t know, you should learn! Join me for the DSLR class here!) It’s the sports mode, and it will try to pick the fastest shutter speed it can to give you crisp subjects even while they are moving.  

7. If you are in auto or on the running man setting and you notice your subject is blurred, you need to move to a brighter area of light. It will really help to shoot the jumping images outdoors where there is a lot of light so that you, or your camera, will have the ability to choose those faster shutter speeds I was talking about.

8. For all those cell phone users out there, it will help you to know that your cell phone doesn’t take the photograph when you push the button/icon on the screen; it actually takes it when you let go. So when you are trying to shoot action with a cell phone, pre-focus on the area your subjects will be when they jump by tapping on the screen, then hold down the shutter icon and don’t release it until the instant before they are right where you want them to be. There won’t be as long a pause between triggering the camera and actually taking the photo if you shoot with this tip.

9. If you want to take a jumping selfie, try using a remote. Trust me on this one! You don’t want to be running back and forth between your camera/phone and your jumping spot, plus jumping! Elsie found a remote she loves here.

How to take better jumping photos! My jumping photographs have been some of the most pinned, talked about, and reposted images I have taken. They can be moody or fun; they can tell a story or show a personality. Whatever you choose to create, follow these simple tips, and your jumping photos will jump out of the crowd of images we see everyday. (Totally cheesy ending, but I couldn’t resist!) –Candice 

Credits// Author and Photography: Candice Stringham 

GIVEAWAY: Just a quick reminder that you only have one more week to register for Candice’s workshop, Mastering Your DSLR. Today we’re giving away 3 spots in the class. Just leave a comment to register for your chance to win! The giveaway will be open until March 14, and the winners will be contacted directly shortly after. Good luck! xoxo.

A Beautiful Mess Giveaway Rules

  • Already registered but thought I’d leave a comment anyway. Very much looking forward to the workshop!! 🙂

  • I desperately need to learn how to use my DSLR! I am going on my first cross-country business trip to Portland in a few weeks and can’t wait to give it a go! I could really use the class!

  • Thanks for the tips on taking jumping pictures & for the chance to win a spot in the DSLR class, that would be awesome 🙂

  • Add jumpology into my #yearwithoutfear goal of mastering my camera! (As soon as I’m not stuck in bed sick!)

  • Awe, I love this! I have noticed this trend picking up more and more. I have even tried it myself with my daughters but maybe with these tips, I can get even better at it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • So fun! Right now, the only subject I have to practice on is my 2-year-old daughter– and that should be a lot of fun! (and you’ve reminded me that I really need to get a remote for my camera…)

  • Oh I’d love to take your class! When I saw there were videos with it I got really excited!

  • I would love to register to win a spot in the class! I need to get to know my Canon 40D a bit better…

    Vanessa* Everyday Embellished

  • I love jumping photos! Especially with umbrellas. They are so whimsical to me. I received my DSLR for Christmas and have definitely been struggling to get a handle on things. I would love to get into that DSLR workshop!

  • This class looks great! I have a Sony EVIL camera and not a DSLR, because I wanted a stepping stone camera. Do you think this class would still be helpful to me?

  • I read the article hoping for some mention of preferred clothing. My thought was certain dresses or ruffle items might get in one’s face as they jump. Your ladies in the photos don’t seem to have that problem! Thoughts?

  • Just bought my first DSLR a few days ago. SO excited to start shooting. Teach me your ways!!!!!!!

  • For my 21st birthday, I was given my first DSLR camera. I’m hoping to learn more about how to use the camera so that I can take better photos of my day-to-day life and my baking!

  • Would sure love to win a spot! I’ve had my DSLR now for 7 years and still haven’t taken it off auto! 🙁 Thanks for the chance!

  • Just bought my first DSLR a few days ago. Can’t wait to start shooting! Teach me your ways!!!!

  • I would love to take your class! I have been wanting to learn more about my camera for ages!! 🙂

  • I would love to win a spot! My husband and I will be purchasing a DSLR in a few days. We know nothing about how to use one. So the class would be a huge help!

  • Does this comment jump out at you? 🙂 I would love to take your course, I just cannot afford it right now…please pick me!

  • Great tips and amazing photos too! I hope I’ll be able to attend Candice’s workshop! i’d love to learn more and practice my skills on my DSLR. 🙂

  • I love that this is a real thing! My friend and I were lucky enough to get a pretty decent jump shot first time in front of the Ontario sign when we visited.

  • The first photography is my favourite.

    I love taking pictures and I would love to learn with Candice so I register !

  • I would love to participate in the workshop, really looking forward to improving my photography skills 🙂

  • I hope I win this giveaway DSLR workshop. I love learning and her style of teaching fits perfectly with how I prefer to learn.

  • Love jumping photos! I just got my first DSLR and would love to learn how to use this thing to its best ability! I’m clueless…

  • Thank-you for imparting such a practical approach and dissolving the notion that a good jumping shot has to be about luck for the beginner.

  • I got a dslr for Christmas to take better pictures of my boys & I’d love to learn how to use it better!

  • These are some great tips! I have always wanted to try those, but not always succeeded. I hope I can learn more if I win the free class!

  • I’m actually a little insecure about my photography (which is strange for me – because I LOVE to take pictures)because I don’t feel confident using my DSLR. I would be so thrilled to take this class and (finally) learn all about it! Thanks for this opportunity 🙂

  • I’ve already registered and now I’m even MORE excited! This post was so fun and informative, I know the class is a worthy investment 🙂

  • I’d love to win! My new husband and I recently invested in a DSLR camera- and we need a some help! 🙂

  • Really interested in everything you are doing with your workshops! Definitely want to be entered.

  • Amazing tips explained in totally simple language. I would really love to learn operate my DSLR properly from Candice.

    Thanks a bunch!

  • I have a DSLR and took many photography classes, but I always tend to learn about the same things. I would love to learn more about using my camera!

  • I’m definitely going to try Jumpology … thanx for the tips Candice 😉 My Nikon and I still have alot to work on , I would LOVE to take this workshop *** Fingers crossed***

  • A class with a fellow San Antonio transplant sounds like fun! I shoot mostly on Aperture setting and would love to take it to the next level, count me in 😉

  • I have been dying to sign up for the course ever since it was announced! It sounds like it will be fantastic!

  • Thanks for the tips–I had no idea iPhones took photos when you release the button. So helpful! Would love to take the photography class, as I have a dSLR I don’t use nearly enough.

  • I love jumping pics, and boy, are there a lot where I fail miserably. Thanks for the tips, gonna try harder next time.

  • I love the idea of adding objects that may have helped the subject “take flight”! I already signed up… I couldn’t risk the chance of NOT getting a spot in this course! 🙂 Thank you for offering this class Candice! I am very excited!!

  • I’m one of those people who end up with an awkward face when they jump. All of these model’s faces look perfect.
    Tip 4 is my favourite when I try to capture a quick movement. There is usually one show in there that is a keeper.

  • I used to use my camera all the time! Having a refresher class would get me back out there. What a great idea!

  • These tips are great and I look forward to trying them. I’m so glad you are offering a DSLR class, I desperately need to learn to take mine off of auto!

  • I used to use my camera all the time! Having a refresher course would get me back out there. What a great idea!

  • I would love the opportunity to take this class. I need to learn more about my camera and lighting so I may take better product photos. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

  • I got a DSLR for taking kid pictures but really don’t go past auto. help!

  • So fun! I love jumping photos. For my husband and my engagement shoot we tried so hard to get both of us “leprechaun” kicking/jumping at the same time… It took about 30 tries! Lol!

  • I would love to learn how to use my husbands Canon EOS 5D…. it would make going to take photos with him much more enjoyable if I too new what in the heck I was doing. He has tried to explain it to me, but I have yet to understand. Maybe a different teacher would help.

  • I am always looking for ways to learn more about photography! Candice’s work is lovely and her experience is wonderful. She would be a great instructor.

  • Oh I would love to win a place on the course, please enter me.

    Many thanks

  • I’ve had my DSLR for almost 6 months. I just started using manuel mode & love it SO! I’m excited to learn & grow with photography. ABM is SO helpful! I’m a total fan and have read all your posts under photography, blogging, and hair. I’d be so blessed by taking Candice’s class! Thankyou for this opportunity<3
    Madi Elizabeth

  • Oooh! Love the idea of making shapes! And of course getting a free spot in the course would be excellent, too.

  • Love those tips, especially about taking it from a lower vantage point! Please enter me. I LOVE PHOTOS!!!

  • Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to be able to do this workshop! I bought my first DSLR a few months ago, but my knowledge is super limited and I know I’m only using like 2% of my camera’s capabilities.

  • Awesome advice! I didn’t realize our phones take the picture when the button is released; knowing that alone will help a lot. I love these Tips posts!

  • Great tips! Reminds of The Office when they all tried to do a jumping photo as a group and totally failed 🙂 I would love a spot in the class as I’ve continually upgraded over the years to nicer cameras hoping I could “get away” with not knowing how to use it properly. I know that if I scroll the dial thing it moves the icon toward the middle for balanced light. So at least I’m working in “M” mode!!! Haha. Now that we live abroad it would be great to capture our new memories as a newly married couple with focused, well lit photos. Cheers ABM team!!

  • Dear Beautiful Mess Crew,
    Have I told you that I love you?

    I purchased a DLSR and have been wanting to take a class!
    But unfortunately, I have been a lazy a*s.

    I would love the chance to learn something new,
    and take some neat jumping photos too!

    -Kate the girl who always arrives late.

  • I would love to win this giveaway!! My photography “business” is actually turning into a business (ahh!). I’m constantly looking to get better so I can eventually do it full time. A Beautiful Mess never fails inspire me!

  • Love jump shots! A great wait to really capture someone’s personality 🙂 That DSLR class would be AWESOME!

  • Oh, I’m so excited you’re doing a giveaway. I got very excited when I heard about the class, but definitely cannot afford it right now that I went back to school to be a preschool teacher. When I bought the photo idea book I was planning on using it to teach myself, going through it like a workbook, but I realized my skill level isn’t even high enough for that and I’m kind of at stuck in a rut. Oh, I hope I get to take your class 🙂 🙂

  • Thank you for the jumpology tips! I always tend to snap the (self)portrait when I’m eaither just about to jump or just landing! Oops!

  • Besides the fact that this workshop is happening around my birthday, this is the perfect class for me! I am a first year acupuncture student in Austin, TX, with big dreams to take my skills on the road to learn about healing practices around the globe. This workshop will be an immensely helpful tool, and will enable me to document my journey. Thank you for creating this opportunity!

  • I’ve been searching for an online class to teach me how to use my DSLR! Fingers crossed 🙂

  • I really adore these tips! I’ve had some trouble with my jumping shots.

  • I’d love to take part in the workshop. I haven’t taken a single picture with my DSLR this year. It’s terrible. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • I too, would love to take a class that helps learn more about my camera! I have been looking for classes online lately. I live in a small town in Colorado, which is worth the seclusion from the real world, but makes it hard to figure out how to further educate myself in the art realm sometimes.

  • Great tips! I can’t wait to try them. And I would love to be lucky enough to win a spot in the class!

  • Wow, these photos are GORGEOUS! Thanks for the wonderful tips. Now I have to practice! I am sure the DSLR class wouldn’t hurt with that. 🙂

  • Love Candice and am so happy she is teaching classes again! Would love to win!

  • I’m so inspired to do this! Loove the purple tights at the end. I recently got my first DSLR, would love a class like this 🙂

  • I would LOVE to take the DSLR class! I just got my first DSLR so I have much to learn!

    xo, sarah

  • love those pictures! i am a big fan of jumpology, so thanks for the ideas and tips!

    a spot in this class sounds great as well… so: mememe! pick me! 😀

  • Great tips! I’ve had my DSLR for a little over a year and it has spent way too much time in it’s case. Hoping to learn some stuff this spring

  • The tip about cell phone cameras releasing the shutter when you let go of the button was great, totally didn’t know that but it explains a lot! Thank you!

  • awesome photos! i just purchased a dslr at the end of last year & would love to take this class.

  • Wowser! Love the jumping photos here! My two young boys are really into jumping – all over the living room! I’m going to try some of these tips you gave us. I love photography – it would be amazing to win a spot in the class. Thanks!

  • I don’t have the money to sign up for the class myself, or I would! I have had a DSLR camera sitting in my closet for 2 years and I have no clue how to work it. HELP!

  • I seem to have completely lost any inspiration to use my camera. So much so that the only pictures I have of our beautiful second son are taken with my phone. Help!!!

  • Love Candice and her photos and am so happy she is teaching classes again! Would love to win and take better photos!

  • I’d love to make this an assignment for my highschool photojournalism students! And a chance to win a spot in the DSLR class would be great too for teaching my students new skills. 🙂

  • I love this post! Such great tips. I was just trying to take some jump shots and they didn’t turn out so great. Now I have some great guide lines! The dslr class sounds awesome!

  • This would be amazing! I inherited a beautiful DSLR and feel super awkward when I try to use it in public because everyone expects me to know what I’m doing!

  • So helpful! Thanks for sharing Candice…It’s so fun to capture someone in such ways! Would love to learn more!

  • I have a Canon DSLR and I would love to learn how to use it, since it was a gift from a very special person. I would photograph my life, my friends, and of course, jumping scenes. Learning to take nice pictures would definitely improve my journals and scrapbooks.

  • OH SNAP! I’d really love to take this class! I’m admiring all of your beautiful photos and I’d love to learn more about my camera and getting better at taking pics! 🙂

  • I would LOVE to win this giveaway!! I need to learn how to properly learn to use my DSLR before my baby comes in August. I want to get the best shots of my baby boy!

  • Great tips! I’m going to buy a DSLR camera in the next weeks and I’m already SO excited about the new opportunities. 🙂

  • Oh my gosh! I’ve been on a waiting list for two years to get into the photography department in school and I would love to get a jump start with your DSLR class!

  • I would love the chance to learn how to use my DSLR… as a painter i have never been able to grasp photography, or afford to have someone teach me!

  • I totally love this article. Looking forward to more of this kind. I would also like to participate in the DSLR class 😉

  • I love your site, especially when you talk photos and photography! It would be awesome to win a spot in the DSLR training!

  • Great tips for some jumping shots!
    And I would love to win a spot in your class, I just started to get into photography, so it would be perfect!

  • My jumping shots never come out good. Thanks for the tips. Hopefully, I can win a spot in the class so I can learn more tips!

  • I watched the promo video for Candice’s workshop and read all about it the day the shop opened up online, and was immediately excited. I was given a DSLR camera for Christmas and this class could really help me learn how to use it!!

  • This post captured my attention INSTANTLY. These photos and the their subjects are amazing. Oh my goodness. And their jumping abilities! Haha. They all made me smile. I would LOVE to learn how to do this. The steps Candice provided really gave me a great start <3 Thank you ^_^

  • Can’t wait to try taking some jumping pics with these new tricks 🙂 I always love the opportunity to learn more about my DSLR — this class would be awesome!

  • Oh, I’m one of those people that has a good camera but is totally intimidated by all the options and therefore is forever stuck to the automatic settings. I’d love to take the jump (oh yes..) and finally learn about all the possibilities these cameras offer!

  • Love these photos and the advice is great! I hope I win 🙂 I’m always eager to learn more about my camera!

  • I love these jumping photos! I’ve always wondered how photographers make it look so good! I would love to take the class btw! 🙂


  • I love jumping photos. I always look i am so intense in them. I love your advise, I am deff having my sister jump this weekend for an awesome jumping pix

  • I just got a new DSLR camera and would love to know more about how to use it. The class seems like just what I need to get started!

  • It would be so incredible to win a spot in the class! I was given a Nikon DSLR for Christmas years ago and have no idea how to use it apart from auto mode.

  • My husband and I own a wedding photography business. I am mainly the studio manager & occasional second shooter. But I would love to learn more about my camera so that I could start leading shoots on my own and start my own fashion blog.

  • Ooh I really want to take the DSLR class and I’m so broke right now! I’ve had my Nikon for a few years now and I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of its capabilities.

  • Wow. I would so love to win a spot on this course. It sounds AMAZING but I don’t have the cash for it right now. I got a camera last year and am still scraping through with what I do know. I really hope that I might be able to make my photos so so so much better. thank you for offering this. xx

  • These photos are awesome! I love all the color! I would most definitely love to be in your class. 🙂

  • Your jumping photos are stellar, what a great inspiration! I’d love to win a seat in the workshop, thanks to ABM for the opportunity!

  • I would love to register for the giveaway! I woul dlove to get to know what my DSLR can do and use it better. Great shots!

  • I have a DSLR and no idea what to do with it! Would love a spot on the course 🙂


  • I took photography class in high school and college, but I forgot all the specifics of taking a photo!!! I’d love to refresh myself with this course!


  • I love my DSLR but really feel like I am not making the most of it and my aunty has asked me to take her wedding pictures! I would love to take Candices course!

  • I was so inspired by your blog way back from the start that I got a DSLR in 2009 to take better pictures like the ones featured here. I use it all the time, but most of the features on my camera are still foreign to me! Please pick me!

  • Oh my gosh, my favorite parts of any session is when I can get my clients to loosen up and get crazy and goofy. I had a shot where my client bent her body so awesomely. That she looked like she was floating in the air.

    I’d love to see where my photography could go if I won a spot in your DSLR workshop. 🙂

  • I would totally JUMP for joy if I won a spot in that class and then capture THE perfect picture of it.

  • I love my DSLR, but am a little intimidated to use it at times. This class will help greatly.

  • I was given a DSLR camera 3 years ago and I haven’t taken it off automatic…I’m intimidated! I need all the help I can get 🙂

  • I have a book about my dslr laying on my shelf and it seems so daunting to me to read it! I would love the chance to learn more in a fun class!

  • headed to italy in april – what a perfect time to get better at capturing moments?!

  • Love this post and I’m so excited by the tips. I would love to take the class, I just got my first DSLR camera two months ago and I really love to master it!

  • I would love a spot in the workshop!! Pick me, pick me!!:)
    This pictures are fantastic!

  • I recently bought a DSLR camera and have been attempting to take pictures during each of the Washington DC snowstorms. None have turned out as nice as I’d like and I feel like I’m just adjusting the settings randomly. I’d love to take a class!

  • Such a great post thank you! Winning the give away would be really nice 🙂

  • This class is coming at the perfect time – I just got my first DSLR camera and I want to learn everything there is to know about it!

  • Perfect timing for me on this post! I’ve been looking for photography tips all week on the web. Can’t wait to try jumpology 🙂

  • This would be an amazing giveaway to win!! I have a DSLR but don’t use it as often as I would like to because of the fact that I don’t know how to use it!

  • I would love to be able to take this class!!! I used to consider myself a good photographer. But I haven’t had a really good camera for a while now. I truly desire to express myself thru photography once again and I believe this class would be a great inspiration to jump-start that passion in my life again. I’m so excited this classes are being offered here. It’s awsome!

  • I asked for a dslr for my birthday a couple of years ago because I wanted to learn to shoot manually… I still don’t know how, and desperately need a class! Would love to win one!

  • I’d love to know which remote Elsie loves. Is there supposed to be a link for it in number 9? Thanks!

  • Hi ya’ll!! I have a DSLR that I would love to learn how to use!! Thanks for the great posts 🙂

  • I loved the iphonography tip about the photo being taken when you release your finger! I can’t believe I never realized that before. I can’t wait to try to take some action shots with this new understanding.

    Also, I would love to be entered in the giveaway! No matter how long you’ve been taking photos, there’s always still room to learn more! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  • I am about to move to a new city (Chicago!) and I’d love to bring along some new camera skills to capture outfit photos and my new surroundings. Thanks for the tips and the giveaway! 🙂


  • I’ve been intimidated by my camera for too long! Would love a chance to win! LOVE the jumpology photos.

  • I would really enjoy being a part of your class and learning some strategies before the birth of my first baby! It would be awesome to photograph her properly 🙂

  • These are such good tips–and what a genius idea for a post! I find that the hardest part for me with self portraits is relaxing my face, so sometimes I even turn my back to the camera. If that’s an option for your subject, it can be a good plan B! 🙂

  • Oh wow I received my first DSLR for Christmas and it’s so complicated. So the workshop would be very helpful (;

  • I’d love to learn how to use my camera from a professional! I’m so into photography but am lost with a lot of the technical stuff.

  • i would love to be in the workshop! i have a DSLR, but feel like i’m not using it to it’s full capabilities!

  • Love Jumping photos (although I can never get them just right)! I just started using a DSLR for work and can’t really get the hang of it! I’d love to be part of this class!

  • This was a fantastic article! I espicially love the idea of telling people to try to make a shape with their body! Thanks so much!

  • I got a nifty fifty lens for my birthday. Would love to win a spot in the class!

  • Thanks for the fun tips on jumpy pics and the opportunity to win a spot in the class! 🙂

  • OMG!! You guys are giving away free spots in the class?!! It would make my day…week….year to get one of those spots!

  • Wow, I just tried some of these tips and already my photos improved. Thanks!

  • So informative! I am so woefully and at understanding my lovely camera and the great things I can do with it. I would LOVE to take your class. Maybe the next one.

  • I’ve had my DSLR for several years and have been dying to take a class. I want to get to know my camera better and have more confidence when I am shooting. I totally cannot afford to pay for a class right now (I went to grad school & am now paying for it…literally). Would love to win!

  • Keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in Candice’s workshop! I definitely want to improve my photography skills.

  • This is a really inspiring collection of jumping photos. The idea that Halsman talks about the person letting go of their mask makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing these tips. I’m gonna try them out!

  • Your photos are wonderfully fun without being too contrived either. I will share this post on Pinterest and FB. Thanks for the helpful tips and the opportunity to win too!

  • I’ve had my DSLR for too long to have not taken a class on mastering the craft. I’d love to learn!

  • I’ve had my dslr for an age… Never got it off auto. Oh dear! Claire

  • I would love to take this class. I just got my DSLR and am clueless how to use it.

  • I registered for the class and am so excited!

    I love the jumping photos!

  • These are great tips! And I’d love to take Candice’s workshop! I just upgraded my DSLR and I’m feeling so intimidated after not using one for so long!

  • I would love to win this class, as mastering the manual settings on my camera has been on my to do list for a while!

  • What great tips!! I need to try them out on my boys. I would love a place in Candice’s class!

  • I’ve got my DSLR camera, and I’m ready to learn how to do more than point and shoot. I totally loved this post with tips not only for DSLR but also for the ubiquitous phone camera. Next stop is to buy a remote.

  • I would love to win a spot! Love these jumping tips. I was in a wedding over the summer and we did a jumping shot and I looked awful!

  • I would absolutely love to win this! I adore my DSLR but I’m definitely a beginner and I’m aching to know more!

  • I’d love to win a spot to the Mastering Your DSLR Class! (: I would love to learn how to make the most of my camera and lenses (:

  • wow, these pictures are amazing. And thanks for the tipps, they are really good 🙂

  • Just started officially digging in to photography and would love to take this course! Plus, it’s my birthday this month so this would be an extra special treat;-).

  • Oh, I’d very much love to win! I would really like to join your workshop!

  • My husband and I bought a DSLR a year ago so that we could document our lives in a cool way … and there it still sits, lol. I would love to take this class and learn how to use it! 🙂

  • That class sounds awesome, and I would love to take it. Loved this post.

  • This is a great post haha – I wonder what Halsman would think of all the jumping that goes on in photography nowadays!

  • These are such great photos! And the term Jumpology, hello that is just fun to say.

  • I would LOVE to learn to master my DSLR! Thanks for the giveaway, ladies!

  • Love taking jumping photos, and I am so excited to use the term jumpology now! How fun! The class sounds great and I would be THRILLED to learn more about my DSLR! Happy jumping! 🙂 xo

  • Oh thank you so much for this giveaway, I wish I could join this class.
    And thanks for all the jumpology tricks, I’ll be using this post that’s for sure !

  • I was gifted my dslr by my husband a few years ago and am just starting to take it off manual mode now! I would absolutely LOVE to win this giveaway!!!

  • Can’t wait to try these tips! I love moving/jumping photography. I don’t know how to ‘master’ my camera but experimenting with manual settings is fun. Thanks for sharing! x

  • Good jumping photos ARE tough to capture, but when done right create such an impact. Thank you so much for the tips!!

  • Im a curious new photografer who would love to learn more! Totally up for the give away!!!

  • These are amazing tips!! I notice that I always have a weird look on my face when I’m jumping because I’m concentrating on trying to jump high! 🙂 I would love a spot in the DSLR class to learn more about these kinds of things!

    PS: There are no links included in the text – just a “find more information here.”

  • I would LOVE to win a spot in Candice’s class! I’d really like to know my camera enough to take it off Manual!!!! Pick me!!! Pick me!!!

  • my husband and I are working really hard to get his (our) photography business off the ground & I could benefit greatly from the DSLR workshop! I am a total novice and would love to learn from Candice! it would be such a help financially for me to win a spot in the class. thanks for the opportunity!

  • Would love to win a spot in your DSLR class! I bought a nikon this year and have yet to understand what I’m doing with it. xoxo

  • Thanks for the tips on jumping photos – would love to enter for a chance at the class.

  • I love these tips, and I am dying to be in your class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A degree in the history of photgraphy sounds really interesting…I totally want to check that out.


  • I really really need to learn how to use my camera.. I’ve only had it for a year and a half… I hope I can win and take this class!

  • I know just a tiny bit about my DSLR, but with the tips you just shared the class sounds amazing!

  • I have a canon 7D and am painfully scared to use manual settings, Had my camera for a year now and I finally feel like I’m ready to take it on as a (semi) pro! : ]
    p.s. Love your photo tips.

  • Although I am a man, I would love to learn how to use my DSLR more effectively. I have a Canon Rebel xti and I feel very lost when it comes to optimizing it’s features. Thank you.

  • I’d love to win a spot! I’ve had my DSLR for so long, but I feel like I’m not doing it justice. That needs to change ASAP!

  • I would LOVE to take this class, but money is keeping me from it. I would be so, so excited to win this giveaway!

  • Great post!!! I would loooooove to take Candice’s class…trying to work out affording it 🙂 (hint- I would love to win!)

  • I would love to win this giveaway. I’ve been throwing around the idea of taking a camera class forever. I know it would help my ability to take great photos. And thanks for the iPhone tip!

  • I have a DSLR camera and really want to get better at using it, but as a college student I can’t really afford to take the class, but I’d love to get the chance from this giveaway!!

  • I would love to take a class! I really like how you said, have them count, not me (the photographer).

  • Hi there! I just purchased a Canon D60 today and I am SO EXCITED! I’m already registered but thought i’d enter in case you guys will honour it if I win!

    thanks, jenny

  • These photos are beautiful! And very playful indeed. The many secrets of jumpology have been narrowed down considerably with this list. Thanks once again for the tips. Cannot wait to try them out on my little nieces, nephews and friends! To be able to be even closer to mastering my DSLR would be a dream come true. 🙂

  • I’d love to learn more about my DSLR. It’s a shame I shoot mostly in automatic mode. I also enjoyed this tutorial and can’t wait to try it out.

  • Wow these photos are soooo gorgeous!! I’m so inspired to go shoot now!

  • With this class I would finally be able to understand my husband’s DSLR. I usually shoot in automatic because I am so clueless! Would love to learn!

  • I’d love to attend this workshop! I surely need to learn how to use all those buttons and wheels in my camera 🙂

  • I love love love jumping photos! These tips are very helpful and will surely going to take my jumping photography to the next level. I would love to be in Candice’s class, so hopefully I’ll have some luck.

  • If I had never read the last little foot notes, I would have never guessed all those photos were taken by the same person… great job!!

  • I absolutely love photography, and these tips are great! look forward to seeing more posts like these. fingers crossed for the giveaway 🙂

  • I would so love to have a chance to take this class…I know film! Appreciate the chance to win! 🙂

  • Thanks for the tips! I would love to take the Mastering Your DSLR workshop 🙂

  • Love love love those photos! Oh I hope I win some my photos can look as awesome. I’m good with landscapes but would love help on portraits and much more!!

  • Oooh! Would love to win a spot on the DSLR class. Just got a new one for Christmas and am travelling a bit this year. I’ve taken many a jumping photo and a couple of other things to note:

    Scarves will get in your face if they aren’t heavy or if they are tied loosely.

    If there are multiple people jumping, make sure that hands or long hair won’t cover other jumpers faces!

  • I love seeing photographers from “my” city. I have so many shots of that particular DUMBO street!

  • Thanks a lot for these useful tips !
    Would love a spot in the class so I could finally learn more about my DSLR.

  • This is a great post! I got my first DSLR for by birthday and I cant wait to learn how to use it, the right way 🙂

  • I finally bit the bait and got myself a DSLR. iPhone photography just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. 🙂

  • So great. Love this! Great tips. I would love to learn more about SLR. I have taken a photography class but it would be wonderful to do a digital class to perfect my work.

  • Photography is my passion. And I’ve recently begun to use it as a means of therapy and self-help. Please help teach me!!! I take pictures to help relax my mind, clear my head, see things from a different perspective, find beauty in everyday things, and share my feelings through photos rather than words. I’d love to learn more.

  • Learning how to use my camera is a big goal of mine–this would be a big help!

  • Cool! I love the history of jumping photos! It makes sense that your subject would be more relaxed while thinking of something else. Thanks for the tips!

  • We JUST purchased a DSLR (finally!) and I need to learn all it’s magic asap!

  • This is seriously the best! Love the tips…I just received a DSLR for Christmas and am looking for the best tips and tricks out there! So great!

  • The jumping photos look great. I would love to win a spot in the class.

  • Yes please! My camera taunts me every time I see that little green auto button!

  • Thanks for the great tips! I would love to take the DSLR class as I have been focusing on improving my photography this year.

  • This class would help me out a ton! I’m a graphic design student currently working on a photography project for my Interactive Media class. I need all the DSLR tips there are to help me out!

  • Candice,
    Great post! You seem really confident in the knowledge you’re sharing. I would love to see your class too 🙂
    – Ashley

  • I’d love a spot in this class! I have had a DSLR camera for a while, but have never taken it off auto….

  • As long as the picture is taken as the go into the jump, the clothes shouldn’t be an issue. If you capture as they come down from the jump, that’s when the clothes would get in their face.

  • One of the most important photographs of all time could technically be jumpology. This verges on all that’s involved with the “decisive moment”.

  • I love it!!!! Can’t wait to use these tips…now where’s my remote! Would love to learn more.

  • I love this! After countless tries of trying to get the perfect jumping shot, it is great to see a post about how to really nail it!

  • Your blog has been so inspiring-bought a DSLR because of it! I’ve been hearing of more and more people who enjoy your blog as much as I do.

  • I’ve been in Manual for some time, but could always use more tips! There’s always more to learn in photography… Thanks for sharing, cute post!

  • Great tips. I’ve actually never tried to capture a jumping shot but I recently got a trampoline so this should come in handy!

    Erin, beingerin.com

  • I am falling deeper and deeper into obsession with photography and learning all that I can about how to properly use my DSLR to capture the images I want. I would love to take a course like this to learn to take better images. These jumping photos are phenomenal! I long to be an amazing photographer.

  • Love this post! Jumping photographs have such a fun feel to them. I’d love to win a spot in the DSLR class 🙂

  • Had my DSLR for far too long, and know far to little! Fingers crossed.

  • I have wanted to learn to use my camera to the full extent. I often know what I want but can’t get the actual picture to look like what I imagined. I’ve kind of gotten frustrated and put the camera away. With spring coming its time to get it out and try again.

  • I recently bought the Canon Rebel t3i and I’d LOVE the chance to take this workshop!

  • I would love to win!! I really want to take your class, you are truly an inspiring photographer!

  • Oh my gosh….. I have a Cannon Rebel DSLR and I know nothing about using it…. I have been meaning to take a class and just never make the time…. And because I don’t know how to use my camera I leave it behind on vacations and am always disappointed I didn’t bring my camera and just play…gotta learn some how….. 🙂

  • Would love to take a DSLR class! Got my Canon 6D a few months ago and really want to learn all that it can do!

  • such an exciting giveaway! I got a DSLR a few months ago and I am completely overwhelmed by it! I’d love to take this course 🙂

  • Great tips, I’m totally going to have to try them out this weekend! I avoid my ancient DSLR in favour of my camera phone simply because the hulking thing is so intimidating!

  • These are some great tips! And, I SOOOOO need a class on how to use my DSLR. Improving my photography is one of my New Years Resolutions, I just don’t have the money right now to afford the class!

  • I’d love the opportunity to get in on Candice’s class!

    As someone who has had her DSLR for a while, I still haven’t had the opportunity to REALLY get acquainted with the ins and outs of it all.

    Fingers crossed 🙂

    Thanks, ABM team xx

  • This is such a useful and inspiring post! I have been trying to figure out my DSLR for months now, and reading various manuals just isn’t cutting it. I would LOVE to take this workshop, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Most jumping photos look terrible but not these ones! Mastering the DSLR has been on my to do list for a long long time!

  • LOVE your post!!
    Great tips on taking jumping shots!!
    I really like the tip on having the subject count off to take the jump.
    Girlie, I would absolutely grab up a spot in your class too! 🙂
    xo | Wendy

  • Love the tips on Jumpology! Love the pictures. And I’d love to be in the class! I need all the photography help I can get!

  • I love jumping shots! I didn’t see the link for the remote, did I skip by it?
    I’d love to not be scared/take forever to adjust the settings in different lighting (I learned just how slow at Disney, gave up and went back to the ol’ trusty Auto) on my camera.

  • I’ve been following Candice Stringham for years now and LOVE her work… and now she’s teaming up with you guys!?!?! WOW! I’m in the market to get a DSLR but all the information is just so overwhelming. Will you be offering this class again in the future? In any case, I can’t wait to get my camera!

  • Would be awesome to win this class! I’ve always been a fan of your photography!!!

  • Love jumping photos and can never take one right, I NEED your classes!!

  • These tips are great. I’d love to win a spot in the class- got my fingers crossed!

  • I’d love to take this class, it is exactly what I need!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Gorgeous images! I love to do jumping shots and take one whenever I go on vacation. Finally got my first DSLR so I’m really looking forward to learning some tips, but haven’t had the time to take a class yet. I’d love to take the workshop!!

  • A beginner with MUCH LOVE of photography and all the mystery associated with it. So enjoy the idea of learning more~

  • I love thinking about how jumping pictures cause people to lose their mask and become vulnerable and open.

    I would love a chance to win a spot in Candice’s class. I have a fairly new DSLR and I want to learn the ins and outs better to get better pictures of my newborn baby girl 🙂


  • I absolutely adore photography! I started with film and recently made the transition to digital. I would love to take a class to really round out my knowledge!

  • Great shots and so fun. I’d LOVE to win a spot in the class. Always looking to learn more about my camera and how to get great photos. Thanks for your tips today.

  • These tips are wonderful! I would love to learn more about how to be more adept with my camera through the workshop!

  • This is so perfect!! My signature is to take a picture jumping in each new place I visit … I bought my camera over 6 years ago and still haven’t master it … Embarrassingly enough I’m still using auto mode… SOS really need this workshop 😉

  • This is perfect! I take a picture jumping in each new city I visit! I bought my camera 6 years ago and
    embarrassingly enough I still use auto mode. SOS really need this course 😉

  • Jumping photos are awesome! I have been contemplating taking the class. Winning a spot would be awesome! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Wonderful tips, thank you! I love my DSRL but know that I have to learn a lot-I would be more than happy with the workshop:-))

  • I’d love a spot in the class. I love taking pictures of my 4 kids, but would love to move off auto! Thanks for a generous giveaway.

  • please pick me!!
    I would really love to get a spot of DSLR workshop. I was so excited when I saw the video and everything.
    And, the tips are great!!

  • These are great tips! Thanks! I’m really glad I now know about the cell phone camera trick. Who knew?

  • This looks amazing . I would love to be a part of this workshop. I have a cannon and I would love to learn how use something other than auto.

  • I’ve recently made drastic life decisions and quit my job to focus on my family, studies and my blog! I’ve bought the ABM photo book, and am so eager to learn to use my canon dslr properly! This course would take my skills and my blog to the next level!

  • those jumping pictures are awesome. would love to take this workshop.

  • If I have a Olympus micro 4/3 camera, would I be doing ok with this class?

  • I would love, love, love a DSLR class… every time I use my camera and say “ugh, I wish I knew manual instead of guessing” my fiancé always says “why don’t you just read the manual?” #notgonnahappen

  • Heck yes, I’d like to take this class. Even better that it’s a giveaway! Thanks…

  • aww, i’ve always loved jumping pictures! and i’d love a spot in the class and get more out of my dslr – i definitely need some schooling 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

  • I’m on day two of teaching myself how to use my new camera and would LOVE your help to accelerate the process. I’m really pleased with some of the shots I’ve taken so far, and can’t wait to see what I can do once I properly understand the camera and how to get the most out of it. I’ve also discovered ABM Photoshop Actions and am in love!

  • I love jumping shots, they’re so fun! I’d love to take Candice’s class, my parents recently bought a DSLR so I’d love to learn how to use it properly 🙂

  • A friend of mine is a photo historian. I want to say she works for the Archives and is constantly sorting through pictures. It’s pretty cool seeing things she is working on. If you ever change your mind about that masters degree 🙂

  • i just started using digital cameras. i am used to take all my pictures on film. so i really need the crash course in how to use my new camera.. 🙂

  • What amazing tips! I think Might try some jumping pictures today. I’d love to win your class.. Your knowledge is fantastic!

  • I just bought my first DSLR and I have no idea how to use it. I can’t motivate myself to learn by myself, a course is just what I need. I want to start jumping!

  • these look great! I need to understand the theory part better still, but the composition part always throws me so my pictures still look rubbish. would love to try the course and finally learn to do it right.

  • Great photos. I took a jump shot for my brother’s wedding 5 years ago but it’s not as good as these! think I need to do the course 🙂

  • I’m loving this “jumpology” trend! Candice-you have beautiful images!!! I also received my Bachelors in Photography but looking at this post and the way you talk about the history makes me miss my classes and want to join your class! Plus learning never ends!! Thanks so much for making me feel inspired tonight! 🙂

  • Having just bought my first DSLR (Canon 700D) this week I know I would have hours of fun on Candice’s course and would be an invaluable start to my new hobby!
    The first photo on this post is incredible – I can’t stop staring at it!

  • Love Candice have completed most of her classes she is awesome 🙂

  • I love photogaphy and am trying to teach myself how to use my DSLR properly, so your course would be a great help!
    xx Flora

  • would LOVE To learn how to use my new DSLR camera to it’s fullest potential! .. especially if I won the drawing!

  • I’ve resolved to give more time to developing my creative skills this year – I’m a school teacher, and the job takes as much as I am willing to give, which leaves very little time for me! I’ve decided that I’ll be of more use to the kids if I’m energised by my own creative pursuits, and seeing your new range of Photoshop actions has made me decide to buy Photoshop for the first time! I’d love to win a place on the DSLR course to go with that!

    Keep up the good work, ladies. I read your blog every day and it keeps me feeling motivated to make room for the good things in life. Xx

  • I’ve taken some of your blog e-courses before and i love to take a photography one.. Fingers crossed!

  • Such a good post. I remember last year when I tried to do some jumping pictures with my friend. We looked like elephants 🙂


  • I love jumpology! I’m the worst jumper in photos, so these tips will come in so handy!

    I have a Sony a65, but i noticed the ecourse said it’s geared for Nikon and Canon, would I be able to apply the same instructions to mine?

    Thaaaaank you!

  • Please, please, please give me a spot! I could so use it to feel more comfortable and in control with my wonderful camera!

  • I’ve had my DSLR for some time now but I’m always using the same mode, so this classes would definitely help me to step out of my comfort zone.

  • I’d love to attend the class but I’m still hesitant due to the price. As a student I can’t really afford it 🙁 Hope to win the giveaway…

  • I’m following A Beautiful Mess for a few months now and I really love all your tips (: I’d love to be a part of Candice’s workshop o^^o

  • Jumping photos really are fun, but I’ve never been successful with them. Thanks for the tips, I’ll have to give these a try again! Thank you for the chance to win this class, I bet it will be amazing fun! 🙂

  • would love to take your class, mastering the M mode of my Canon has been on my to do list for a while!! thanks for the tips, loove jumping shots!

  • I just wanted to say that this is a lovely article, great for beginners but also for the more advanced photographers, very inspiring

  • I’ve been taking photos with my DSLR for awhile now, but I still struggle with a few things. This class sounds like it would really help. Hoping to win a spot it would be the perfect birthday gift. Also I must say I am super excited after looking at the new A Beautiful Mess shop, can’t wait to get my hands on those actions! You girls are doing a wonderful job 🙂 So proud *tear.

  • I would love to finally get to know my already beloved DSLR’s features a little better. Running low on budget, though, so this would be an amazing chance! 😉

  • I’d love to win a place in the DSLR class! It surely would be a great way to improve my photography skills! 🙂

  • I just started my own interior design business after staying home with my girls…..and finding myself unexpectedly as a single mom! I need and want to be able to take photos of my installs to post on social media sites and on my website. Hoping to win the give-away and learn how to really take advantage of my Canon DSLR. Love your blog. Always learn something!

  • Great tips! Look forward to trying some jumpology once it warms up a bit! And I’m always looking for ways to improve my photography, thanks for the chance to win!

  • Love these photos and would love to learn more about how to take some great pictures with my DSLR. Crossing fingers!

  • Leaving a comment! It would be awesome to enjoy that workshop. I am pursuing a career in photography, and love all the tips you post. I just started using manual 🙂

  • Love your jumpography! I captured the best photo of my husband jumping into the bay off our sailboat last summer with my iPhone. I have no idea how I got so lucky because the picture is amazing. I would love to share it with y’all.

  • Thanks for a super informative and inspiring post! I’m having trouble taking decent pics of my ever moving three year old boys. Maybe making them jump will help.
    Also, what a lovely giveaway! Learning how to use my dslr properly has been on my bucket list for ages.

  • Ah, what a great post. Have spend hours in Paris shooting endless jumping photos with my friend group, switching off photographers. Le sigh. Would be all about the class! Thank you ladies keep up the güd work

  • Wonderful and practical tips! Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot in your class!!!!

  • I love love love jumping photos! I don’t really have experience in taking them though, so it would be awesome to learn from someone like Candice!:)

  • How exciting! I would love to win this giveaway. I am obsessed with learning all about new ways of using my camera. Crossing my fingers!

  • I really want to join this class. It will really help me especially that summer is coming. I will more time with my DSLR

  • Recently bought a Nikon D3200 as well as the ABM Photo Idea book. These 2 have not left my side since the purchase (and I’m a tax consultant!).

    Taking the Mastering Your DSLR class would be amazing, as my husband and I recently moved to Denver from sunny SoCal (May of last year) so the photography opportunities out here are endless!

  • These photos are amazing. I would love to be more adept with my DSLR! Inspiring me to go out and get snapping immediately.

  • I’m a fashion students and am learning how to use a DSLR to photograph my designs, this class would be great to win!

  • I would love to win a spot in this course. I love photography and always want to learn more!

  • I’ve just picked up photography and got my first DSLR a month ago. I’m in love, but I still just mess around until it looks like it does in my head and then hit the button 🙂 not the most polished way to do it. I’m excited about the tips you offer, classes etc. (I also commented on another post recently and almost never comment, so I’m sorry if I’m over commenting, but your site is awesome!) Thank you for putting all of this information out there. I know it is a lot of work, but it really helps!

  • Hi Candice
    What a great tips you share to us today.
    Trying my luck here, I’m a newbie in DSL, just buy a Canon camera several months ago for taking pictures next month while I’m givin myself and my mom a spare time away from our routine jobs.
    Winning the chance to learn about DSLR with you will be so much appreciated. Thank you Candice and all team in ABM 🙂

  • I love taking jumping shots so this was truly helpful! It’s fascinating to think there’s a whole history behind them.

  • OMG I love jumping photos! And thanks a lot for the tip about cell phone photography. That pause has always bothered me and I never realized there was a solution. =)

  • I would love, love, LOVE to win this. Photography is quickly becoming one of my favorite things but I desperately need guidance for manual instruction. *fingers crossed*

  • Thanks for the tips!

    However, let’s not forget that for iPhone users, holding onto the shutter button will create burst mode! But that would mean you won’t miss the shot!


  • I love this! Have had great fun trying out jumping shots in the past and this advice makes it so much clearer why some shots were working and some were a mis-timed mess! I’d love to get more comfortable with the settings on my DSLR and think this course would be the perfect opportunity – books are so much harder to follow than a teacher! Sometimes wonder if my camera is capable of doing what I imagine or if I need to upgrade, but I don’t think I’m making the most of it and am relying more than I’d like on editing afterwards. What a great opportunity. Love it – ABM is always such an inspiration. Go team! xxx

  • These photos are so fun!

    I’d love a chance to win the class. I really need to be braver about seeing what my camera can actually do. (and actually haul it around instead of using my phone!)

  • Would love to take the class, I have never taken an on-line photo class before and would love the opportunity!

  • sounds like a super great class! Would love to know more about my camera…..and creative tips!!! 🙂

  • Thank you for such clear and easy steps!!!!!! <3
    Your pictures are very inspiring and I would looooooooooooooooove a spot on the DSLR course!!!!!

  • I still do a woeful amount of shooting in auto mode on my DSLR; for as many instruction posts as I’ve read on shooting in manual mode, I’m still just not comfortable enough with all the variables. Would love to take a class to get over the hump! Thanks for the great giveaway, and the great tips.

  • This is exactly what I need to get to jump start my desire for better photo taking. I lwould love the opportunity and a spot in your class. Fingers crossed!

  • I bought a second hand Nikon D40 and I would love a spot in this class! So far I’ve only been using the automatic settings, the rest of the buttons are very confusing to me!

  • Learning a lot about my camera at the mo…all tips useful. Thank you (Would LOVE to win the spot on the course to deepen my knowledge!)

  • Would love to expand my DSLR horizons and love your photos!
    What is the remote Elsie loves?

  • I’d love to win. Just had my dslr for about 7 months and still have so much to learn.

  • Great post, I’m definitely going to share this one. And thank you for the chance at a spot in the class!

  • Nice tips. Would really love to win a chance to handle my dslr better!

  • Just registered for the class. I love the Rebel T5i Santa brought me for Christmas, but I am TERRIFIED of it!!! Seriously, gives me butterflies just looking at the controls. HELP!!! 😉

  • Normally, I’m against the jumping photographs; but some of yours are very well done!

  • Whoa, i have just bought a dslr camera yesterday and still unfamiliar with it. that would be very helpful if i can win and join the class

  • Awesome post! I love taking jumping photos!! Would love to take this class. Put me in the running!

  • thanks for the tips! just got a new DSLR and would love to get into the class!

  • I’ve had my DSLR for about a year now and it still terrifies me to no end to take it out of one of the Auto modes.

  • Lovely! I just got my first DSLR yesterday and I would love to learn from you beautiful ladies! I’m so inspired by your photography on this blog and your style of shooting and editing. This class would be a “jump” in the right direction!

  • I would LOVE a spot in the class, but I would also love to say how much I enjoy JUMPING! I am a dancer, so I try to leap in each country we visit. I the ones where I couldn’t jump (bad camera, etc) my husband and I started a Splits Around the World photo album for me instead! Such fun;)

  • I’d love to win this awesome giveaway!!! Photography is a huge passion of mine and I am trying to learn as much as I can to make it a second career at some point!

  • I’d LOVE to attend the workshop. Thanks so much for offering these new photography services. So exciting!

  • I love the jumping photos. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class.

  • I just got a DSLR last year to help take pictures at my sewing shop for our website, and I am still such a n00b on it all. I’d love to take a class. Your pictures are always beautiful!

  • Great tips! I would LOVE to take this class! I bought a DSLR last year after my son was born. It was originally with the intent of just having better quality photos for memories sake. But, now I am obsessed with it. I want to learn as much as possible and stop using auto focus all the time. lol

  • oh this would be awesome! I would love to learn more how to work with my camera and I looooove the jumping pictures. Need to try your tips asap!

  • I love how you talk about the history of jumpology. Until reading this post, I did not realize this was a coined term. As a history major, I truly enjoyed reading about someone else’s love for history and hearing them express their joy and love for their craft’s history.

  • Thank you for this fabulous giveaway! I’ve set my DSLR aside for a very long time, this would be a prime chance to dust it off again!

  • Love all the pictures and would love to learn how to use my DSLR better

  • I love jumping shots but have not been able to master them. This info was very helpful. Thanks for sharing!!! Hoping to win one of the three spots 😀

  • Hi! I would love to take the DSLR class! I’m so ready to graduate to a big girl camera from my finicky point-and-shoot. <3

  • These pictures look amazing! I feel so inspired and I’d absolutely love to have the chance to participate in the workshop.

  • I really do need to get to know my Nikon better. A class would really give me the tools to do that.

  • I’ve been in DIRE need of some photographic inspiration, and this helps. Winning the free DSLR class would help even more for some sustained inspiration. Thank you for the chance.

  • I really love the first Picture!
    And it would be so awesome to win 🙂
    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  • I can’t wait to practice jumping photos with my kids and would love to learn how to take pictures out of Auto mode!!

  • I took photojournalism in college but have forgotten some of the information and would love to get be in a class with someone who has so much first-hand experience!

  • I love taking jumping pictures…. But mine never turn out how I want them too. Thanks for these tips, they are really helpful! 🙂

  • I’ve recently moved to Germany with my DSLR and I’ve been procrastinating on learning proper usage, her workshop sounds marvelous!

  • I seriously don’t have the funds! But I do have DSLR collecting dust that’s just itching to switch to manual! I’d love to win this class! And these jumping photos are seriously the best!

  • I’d love to take the class! I feel like I’ve taken myself as far as I can go on my own and through readings blogs of photographers I admire. I’d love a little extra guidance and structure.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • My boyfriend and I just bought a new DSLR so we can learn photography together, and I would love to take your class! I think it would be much easier (and more fun!)to get the hang of things than reading out of the manual!

  • Awesome pointers on such a fun subject. Would love to be entered for a chance to win! Still trying to learn and improve everyday with my photography.

  • Oh I would LOVE to jump in on that course! I am desperate to get to know my camera better! Beautiful jumping shots. 🙂

  • I will be trying some of these tips out for sure – never managed to get jumping shots quite right before. I’m very excited about the new course list, Mastering your DSLR in particular. Fingers crossed!

  • I’ve had my sony dslr for 2 years now and would love to learn how to take better pictures! Such a great post and giveaway 🙂

  • love love this post!! thanks for the tips! and also, register for a chance to win a dslr class?? yes, please!!! 🙂

  • what an awesome giveaway! Would be great to not just use the auto setting on my DSLR!

  • I’ve had my DSLR for a few years now and never took the time to learn how it really works. This workshop would be very useful!

  • Sooooo want in on this class but it’s not in our (SAHM of 2 girls, one firefighter-daddy income) cards right now. Great post and would be so grateful to win one of the spots! xoxo

  • I am absolutely in the category you describe, bless the auto function, what a great invention 🙂 my darling husband would be delighted if I learnt to switch it off.

  • AH! I would LOVE love love love love to win a spot in the workshop! I’ve been a photo enthusiast my whole life, and just dying to really know the camera in my hand. The course looks so hands on and driven towards the visual learner which I appreciate deeply 🙂 Fingers crossed xo

  • Great tips!! My friends and I usually just crossed our fingers and hope our jumping pictures came out good haha.
    My awesome fiance got me a DSLR for Christmas. I really should learn how to use it 😉

  • I’ve already registered for the workshop and I can hardly wait for it to begin!


    – Taryn Elise xx

  • I am going to sign up for your workshop! Love the jumping shot! Can’t wait to get my boys to help me try your suggestions out!

  • I would love to learn from Candice and the class would be so helpful.

  • I’d love to win a spot in the class. It has already been a crazy year, and that class would be so great to get to do.

  • I have had a DSLR camera for over 5 years now and I still have not a clue how to work it properly, I am definitely in desperate need to take a course!

  • My sister just got me a Canon Cameara to help document the life of our new baby girl. To win a spot would be a dream come true! Thanks also for the jumping tips!

  • I’d scream if I won haha! But seriously, my boyfriend and I were just talking about this class and how much it would help with photos on my blog. We want to tell a story and get real creative, so this class would definitely help!

  • When I saw the DSLR class I wanted to take it SO BAD! But I just don’t have the money right now (we’re saving up to move) so anyway, winning the class would ROCK MY SOCKS 😀

  • Great tips! I would be delighted to win the giveaway and learn even more from you!

  • Would be nice to use the manual setting on my camera 6 years AFTER buying it! 🙂

  • “Might as well JUMP! ” says Van Halen I agree! Hope to take this course! 🙂

  • Those jumping pictures are all so .. poised, really lovely! The class definitely looks interesting since I have lots of problems with getting the right exposure and WB on my pictures it seems.

  • Awesome tips! I’ve never quite mastered the jumping shot, but I’ll definitely have to give it another try. I’d love a spot on the DSRL course too! Xx Hannah

  • Great tips, thanks! Crossing my fingers for that amazing giveaway. 🙂

  • Ohhh, thank you for the tips! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the class giveaway 🙂

  • I love my DSLR but struggle to take it out of aperture mode. I would love to be a participant in the course!

  • This is amazing!! I would love to win a spot in this class.
    I’m just about to jet off on a solo backpacking trip through Europe from Down Underland, and it would so special to be able to capture those magical moments so perfectly.

  • Is DSLR an app for the iphone? Jk…totally would love to learn some tips and tricks with my Canon.

  • I would kill for a spot in this class! Ive been doing freelance photography for 5 years and have never been taught the ins and outs of my dslr.

  • hmmm, nice tips! Very unique portrait idea- especially for kids, they might be more willing to take photos if they get to ebb rambunctious! Would love to win a spot in the giveaway!!

  • Hey cool, would so love love very much to learn more – just bought a new camera this week actually so would put that darling into some informed and experimental great use! ! !

  • Loving the tips and I’d love to be part of the class. I have been playing around with my dslr but somehow can’t manage to get the results I want.

  • This is giving me loads of inspiration to try some jumpology shoots!i’d love to get some with their hair all up in the air with the wind! Can’t wait to try and convince my sister to model for me – again!
    The class sounds amazing! <3

  • one more use for my remote… I can’t wait for the snow to melt and welcome Spring with some fun outdoor photos.

  • Learning more about my DSLR and really mastering it has been something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now but it’s difficult to afford classes or courses as a university student. I would love so much to take part in the workshop!

  • I’ve been reading A Beautiful Mess forever, and you guys actually inspired me to buy my DSLR. I’d really love to learn how to use it properly and would love a space in the workshop!

  • Woudl love to learn more! just got a camera and i need instruction badly 🙂

  • Hi, I’ve had my DSLR foreverrrr but I could really use a refresher course. I am just starting a blog so I would love love love to have some direction. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Just purchased my first DSLR for a family trip to Europe. Please help! I take lots and lots of family pictures with my point and shoot camera for scrapbooking. I finally treated myself.

    Lucy Casas

  • I already bought my class, but i know some of my friend that would be so interesting in getting it, so here i’m subscribing 🙂 !

  • I want to win the giveaway, and get it to my dear sister. She takes a amazing pictures, but can be a bit shy about her talent! I just know that she could excel in her love for photography if given the correct tools! Please pick me!!!

  • So informative. I already know this class is going to be awesome. It’s time my DSLR quits collecting dust.

  • These are great tips, jumping photos are always so much fun!
    I would also really love to get a spot in that class! I’ve had a DSLR for a little while, but there’s still a lot for me to learn, and this would be a dream come true! Fingers crossed!
    Thank you!

  • Would love to win a spot in the class! I’m trying to make an effort to take more photos during my wedding year and this would be a great way to kick start that.

  • I would love a spot in the class! Also, I love that “jumpology” is a real term!

  • I need this class!!! I read all about it and want to do it so bad, just can’t afford it right now. Winning a spot would be a dream!!! 🙂

  • I would love to win! I have a DSLR and am still trying to figure out all the little details!
    Happy Sunday from Germany! Yvonne

  • I bit the bullet and got my first DSLR today! I need so much help!!!!! I would love some insider advice on using this bad boy!

  • I want to take so many jumping photos now! Maybe I can convince the toddler than this would be a fun activity for later this afternoon!

    Would also love to win a spot in the class, I’ve only had my DSLR a few weeks and would love to learn how to get the most from it!

  • Your photos are beautiful. Would love to take a class with you. 😀 Hope I win.

  • I wanted to learn more about photography for a while now and this class sounds great as an opportunity to do that 🙂

  • Ohhhh I have been looking for a good class to expand my dslr knowledge!

  • I would absolutely LOVE to take Candice’s class. I was given a DSLR as a birthday present a few years ago, and while I have a very basic knowledge of how to use it, I have nowhere near mastered it!

  • In desperate need of this class! Have been trying to find the right one and this seems so perfect!!!

  • I love to take jumping photos- when I want one of myself and theres no one there to take it (or my friends can’t figure out how to get me in the air) I take a video and then just make a photo out of it after (it’s not as good but its the best I could do) I love your tip to stay lower though to make it look as the subject is even higher! I’d love to learn more about photography!

  • these are great tips. i have yet to master the elusive jumping photo!
    i would love to take candice’s class! count me in! 🙂

  • Love this post! My jumping photos never turn out so I’m excited to try out these tips. 🙂

  • This is great!:) I want to go take some jumping pictures right now!:)

  • woohoo! I wanna have fun and take dorky/cheesy pictures with my dslr! Pick me! 🙂

  • This is a very well explained and interesting post. I would love to be the lucky winner. I never had a chance to learn photography well, and now, since I started my blog, it would be very useful to get pro at this.

  • I would love to win this! I recently got my first DSLR and I’m obsessed with learning as much as possible!

  • OH wow I love this post! This weekend I finally did a confetti shot and I can’t wait to cross the “jump” shot. It’s on my photography bucket list for this year. I would love to take part the awesome class. Thanks for the chance.

  • I think this would be a really fun project to try out and a great class to take, so fingers crossed.

  • great tips thanks! I would love to learn more about my new DSLR camera for documenting my art and life. Would love to win a spot in the class!