How to take good photos of your horse

Print this page    
Photographing a horse can be challenging. Often photos of horses come out blurry, too dark, or just looking wrong. We all want to be able to take beautiful photos of our horses; here are some horse photography tips to help you improve your shooting.

Get the Light Right

Light is key to taking a good photo of your horse. If the surroundings are too dark, you will not be able to see your horse. If the light is too bright, your horse will look washed out, and you risk getting spots of glare in your photo.

The optimum time for taking photos of horses is in the early morning or the late afternoon when the sun is not yet at full strength. Slightly overcast days can make horse photography easier, as you won’t be dealing with direct light on your horse. To avoid sun spots and glare, position yourself so that the sun is to your back, and make sure that your camera lens is clear of any dust.

Once you have good lighting, watch how the light falls over your horse. You may have to reposition your horse if much of his body is in shadow. In some cases, for artistic photographs, you might want the sun to be in unusual spots – try shooting with your horse between you and the sun, or shooting with your horse almost entirely in shadow for interesting photographic effects.

Look at the Angles

Horses are challenging to photograph because of the way that their bodies are made up. If you photograph a horse head-on, his head will look disproportionately large in relation to his body. If you photograph a horse from the back, his hind end will look larger than his front.

To get used to the effect that different angles can have on a horse’s appearance, begin by photographing a horse from the side. Try to get your camera even with the height of the horse’s body – you might have to squat just a bit to do this. Once you can photograph the horse so that he appears normally, start to play with different angles to find out what looks best.

Think About Timing

The timing of horse photos is very important, especially when the horses are moving. Catching a horse during a moment of suspension at the trot or canter can make a photograph look great. If you take that same photograph while the horse is stepping off of his front leg during the canter, it looks like the horse is stumbling. There are awkward stances in many of the horse’s gaits; try your best to take photos of horses when they’re suspended and moving naturally.

Horse photography takes some practice. Thankfully digital cameras make photography practice easy, and you can quickly throw out the photos that don’t come out well. With some time you will develop your equine photography skills. TOPHORSE–browse horses for sale or place an ad to sell horses

Share |

 Send to a friend

Your name

Your Email Address

Your Friends Name

Your Friends Email