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Horse resting in the sun

By donodela
I'm an amateur photographer that wants to photograph mainly horses and livestock. I don't know a lot about photography, and even though I read hundreds of books on how to improve my images I also need critiques and tips from outside people. Thank you for your time : )

Tags: Horse Nature Barn Outdoors Wood Farm Paddock Equine Mammal Livestock Stable Pets and captive animals Fiedl

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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3810 Canada
28 Dec 2010 4:55PM
Hi Donka,

You need to provide all of the shot details that Frank mentions above.

You can add a comment and include the aperture, speed, ISO, camera type, lens, focal length, camera mode etc. This will help us help you.

Lots of good advice above. I would add that bright, high sunlight is not a good situation to shoot a horse shot in as you have that obvious glare from the sun. Better to have a diffuse light that you can have with light cloud cover, and keep the sun low in the sky, so the old rule of before 10AM and after 4PM is a good one to keep in mind. Many really good horse shots can be made is you simply focus on the head alone, and get close, using a lens no shorter than approx 85mm (35mm equivalent), so say 55mm on a Nikon crop factor camera.

Heres a link to a simple horse head shot I took as an example:


paulbroad Plus
10 123 1218 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 5:59PM
Your exposure and technique looks good, but we do need more detail. You also need to look at composition. This is neither one nor the other, not a full horse and not a close up.

Ideally, if you are to specialise in this type of thing you need a good background - trees, bushes, fields etc. You need 3/4 front views and either tight head shots or full length.

Obviously all these 'facts' can be interpreted as you choose, but they act as a good starting point. Oh, and have the animal looking left to right.

30 Dec 2010 6:53PM
It looks from the photo as if he/she has just been bathed and is tied up to dry outside, the angle doesn't quite work as the hind quarters look larger and I don't like to see horses cut off at the knees - having said all that, the background for me is not too bad, I do specialise in equestrian photography and a lot of horse owners prefer "yard" photos to field ones, keep practicing different angles and shots and you will find your own style which suits both you and your potential future clients.

Good luck!

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