Jumping for Movement

Jumping for Movement

My kids are too young for sports and it’s too cold to be outside. I had to get clever and create movement, so I broke my own rule and asked my daughter to jump on the bed so I could take pictures. We started on my bed but the lighting was off (some bright and some dark spots) so we moved to her bed. I enjoyed this project as much as she did. The bummer part is that because of the shutter priority I had to bump my ISO up way high to get the exposure even close to right. Almost all the photos came out with quite a bit of noise and pretty dark even though I had my Aperture wide open. Any shots that weren’t noisy were just fuzzy because the shutter was too slow. I converted a few to black and white to eliminate some of the noise. I like the color one because it really froze her movement (SS 1/1000, ISO 6400) And the black and white with her landing on the bed is one I’m sharing mostly because her hair cracks me up. Any other suggestions for eliminating some of the noise, or is that just part of freezing the motion?


27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. Love it Samantha!!! I bet it was lots of fun for both of you.

    The only way to avoid the noise would have been to use a tripod but that is really limiting as you can’t move nearly quickly enough to capture fast moving kids. You’ve done exactly what i would have done and that is to turn these to black and white. B&W and grain go together and give a bit of an arty look – like it’s supposed to be like that.

    Of course when you do the motion shots outside when the weather is warmer you shouldn’t have nearly as many issues as there will be much more light.

  2. lovely playful shots

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