Wednesday, December 8, 2010


SOURCE milan malovrh Photographer


Locate the area you would like to shoot in.

 Clean up any debris, manure or other unsightly items. Also, check for any unsafe things, like nails or broken glass, that your models could .

Observe the location and figure out the best lighting.

 Unless you are equipped with professional photography lights, natural lighting is the best. Early morning or late evening light is the most flattering, but check that there is enough light to take a picture without the flash
Clean and polish any tack that the horse may wear, especially any metal peices or colored parts, as these really stand out in a photograph

  • Groom the horse well. If you want to bathe it, do it the day before, so that the natural oils in the coat will return to give the horse a healthy sheen.
  • Remove all the dust from the horse's coat, and spray the horse with a shining product for the most glamourous photo.
  • Apply clear hoof polish after cleaning the hooves.
  • Clip the horse's long facial whiskers, ear hair, bridle path and fetlock hair, and then apply a light coat of equine highlighter to the muzzle, eye area and ears.
  • Brush out the mane and tail, and braid or band the mane if you wish. Spray both with a detangler so as to avoid clumped hair in your final shot.
  • Bring the horse on location and decide on the best background for your photo
  • To take an action shot, let the horse loose (in a fenced area, of course!), take a lunge whip and pop it on the ground to get the horses moving. Pop it as many times as needed to get the horse at the pace you need. It helps to have one or two helpers doing this so that you can get a still shot.
  • To take a posed shot, bring your horse to the area where you want the shot to be taken. Have a helper hold a carrot or other treat just out of the camera shot to position the horse's head and make him prick his ears
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  • Focus your camera appropriately. Many cameras have a portrait setting that is perfect for posed shots, and some also have an action setting that works nicely for action shots.
  • Time your shots. For a portrait, this is not quite as essential, but for a motion shot, try to catch the horse when he is airborn, with legs fully extended, or with legs fully contracted. Mid-stride shots are usually not very attractive
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  • Shoot many, many pictures. Shoot at different angles and sides, and shoot a lot. When the shoot is over, you will have many more photos to choose from when picking out the best ones.

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