Shooting Horses - Tips for Equine Photography

Shooting Horses - Tips for Equine Photography

"Film is cheap! Time is not!"

That's best photographic advice I ever received, as a budding corporate journalist years ago. Gathering bigwigs in the boardroom for a photo-shoot can be challenging, so it's critical to keep that shutter clicking as much as possible. The photo-opportunity may not appear again.

Yearlings in the pasture can be even more impatient than overscheduled chief executive officers! Just when you think you have the ideal lighting and the magic moment, a truck may rumble by and startle the entire herd. If you have your face in the viewfinder, you may find yourself surrounded by thundering hooves in a heartbeat!

Catching a mare and her foal, right after delivery or frolicking on their first turnout together, can be photographic paradise. If you're not ready to click at the right time, however, you can miss the opportunity.

A show-ready pair simply begs to be photographed. With the dues paid, the horse show clothes cleaned and pressed, the tack polished, and the horse's mane braided, this is a presentation worthy of record. How can you set yourself up to snap this picture well?

Photographing Horses

The simple rule is this: click off as many shots as you can, for as long as you can.

Today, we have digital cameras, so we don't even pay for each exposure. If you're heading out to a photo shoot, be sure to grab a good memory card, and take lots of pictures. (You can always delete the lesser-quality shots later before loading your photographs to Kodak Gallery, Photobucket, Shutterfly, Snapfish or another share-and-store site.)

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  1. Thanks for stopping by! So many new horse little time:-) I will ad you to my blog roll. At one point I thought about make an educational DVD about how to videotape horses and I was thinking of titles and "Shooting Horses" was one of them.....then I thought probably not a good idea:-) Look forward to reading more!

  2. Glad you added the "tips for equine photography" to your title! Ha - people may get the wrong idea! :)



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