You love your beautiful horses, but never seem to be able to capture that perfect moment when taking a picture of them? Here are some tips for photographing your horses by expert photographers:
Lighting is essential
Photography is all about the lighting so choose the perfect time of day to take a picture of your horse. The sunlight in the early morning, just after sunrise or sunset will provide you with beautiful lighting needed to make great photographs. If you want to have a photo session at noon the task can be trickier as the high sun can cast a lot of shadows.
For the cleanest and sharpest shots choose an overcast day.
Take your photos outdoors, because indoor photography of horses could prove difficult even for professionals.
Getting the focus just right
To end up with a sharp shot you need to focus your camera impeccably. U sing things which can create lines of contrast can help a lot for the focusing.
If you are taking a photo of a horse from the side, focus your camera on a point between the nose of the horse and the rider.
When you are taking a portrait picture, focus on the eye for better results.
Take advantage of the colors of your horse
Horses of certain colors are easy to photograph than others. Coloreds are easier due to the lines of contrast created by the markings. You will find photographing grey horses much harder if you don’t tack them up for the photo session.
Photos of the horse with a rider
To take pictures of the horse and rider side by side, ask the rider to stand at the level of the eyes of the horse so you get a proper focus on both.
The Background matters
Make sure there is a distance between the horse and any trees or hedges or other distracting objects in the background. A great background for an equine picture is a bright blue sky or full leaf trees which create a great contrast with the horse.
Get the ears facing forward
This can be done by asking someone to stand behind you and make a noise. The horse will use its ears to find out where the sound is coming from and hopefully you will be able to capture the beautiful moment.
Taking a picture of a jump
Time your shot to get the exact moment of the jump. The quicker the rate of the camera the more frames it can shoot. Practice your timing and you will soon find it easy to time the jump photos properly to get that perfect snap of your horse in action!