A Few Tips on Photographing Your Horse
A lot of you have asked me the best way to get those great photos of your horse so I thought I’d give you a few basic pointers to hopefully help you when the opportunity arises.
When photographing your horse there are several things to keep in mind and you can get great photos of them. Whether it be to advertise a horse for sale, or just for your own enjoyment, these points will help you get the results you want.
Position your horse to where his profile is in direct light. Don’t try to get in too close and use your lens open at a wide angle. This distorts the horse’s body parts nearest to you. The best lens distance is 100m or more. Back off to about 30 feet and then you can zoom in. This is best even if you don’t have a zoom. And you will have extra room around the horse for framing, or cropping.
Make sure your horse is standing with all their fee visible. This also gives them balance. Look at the background. Lots of times just stooping lower to take the shot will give you a much better picture by eliminating unwanted objects from the frame.
Your horse’s expression is very important and we love the pictures with the ears up and alert. It’s best to have someone “get ears” for you. You can do this with a piece of crinkly paper, (like a peppermint rapper) or grass thrown in the air, or a quick noise. DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE TACTICS MORE THAN 2 TIMES!!! Horses (and other pets) become desensitized to sudden noises quickly and will ignore your pleas for that special pose.
When you go for a close up headshot don’t face your horse into the sun. They are just like us and don’t like the sun in their eyes. (And that makes it much harder to get their ears ) Again, don’t get too close. Their head will look distorted.
Wait until your horse is relaxed…. No ringing of the tail, bobbing of his head. Don’t get in a hurry.
Then, as we all know, some of the best photos are unexpected!
Have fun with it. With digital you can shoot all your want till you get that shot that’s best.
And, if all else fails,…… Call me!