Here is some advice on taking horse photos from our Judge, Susan Derr Drake; Â Grand Prix Dressage Competitor, Equestrian Photographer, Fine Artist and Author.
1.Â Â Get a dust-proof, weather-proof, kick-proof camera case and keep your camera with you and shoot, shoot, shoot.
2.Â Â When photographing horses that you want to reduce distortion because ofÂ Â their large size;Â Â you can take the photo from as far away as possible andÂ Â zoom in with the longest lens.Â You can also photograph them from the Â¾ toÂ full side position rather than straight in front.Â Or, you may want that unusualÂ Â artistic shot from the front or back with great distortion to emphasize aÂ Â particular trait.Â Be creative and try many possibilities.
3.Â Notice your foregrounds and backgrounds.Â Move so that the backgroundÂ Â Â does not distract from the subject (like a pole out of a head) or move so thatÂ Â the background frames the subject (like trees on either side) or so that theÂ Â roads, fences or rivers lead to the subject.
4.Â The eyes are the windows to the soul.Â Make sure they are in the light and areÂ in focus for a more expressive photo.
5.Â Timing is everything.Â The position of legs, ears, tail and head can make aÂ good photo great.
6.Â Â Allow your feelings to guide you to the perfect place, composition, and timingÂ of clicking the shutter.Â Â When you press the button you feel â€˜thatâ€™s it!â€™.Â Â YouÂ know it is the shot before you even look at it.Â Â And be ok with shooting hundreds of photos to get the â€˜oneâ€™.Â Their contrast contributes to your richer appreciation of the â€˜oneâ€™.Â Â Have fun!
THANK YOU SUSAN!
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