Conformation & Photography

Equine Photography, Conformation shots

Preparation of the horse- Start at lest 2 weeks ahead by adding a small amount of corn oil to your horses feed. This will help improve there coat, main and tail. A few days before the shoot wash your horse, this gives time for the coat to recover its natural shine before the photo shoot. Before the shoot curry with show sheen & cowboy magic.

Background (shooting location)
It is important to pick a level area with a complementary background with out many objects that could draw the eye from the horse. Ideally a green pasture or other natural back ground usually gives the best results. Check the location the day before to make sure that nothing there will shadow the area the horse will be in.

Poses for your Horse. You need to check and see what poses are expected for your breed of horse. Check magazines for poses for your breed of horse. Quarter horses are usually shot from slightly behind. Each breed has certain poses that are looked for. Pay close attention to the placement of the legs.

You want a camera with a long lens, at least 125 mm or greater is preferred. As long lens will distort less that a short lens. The shorter the lens the greater the distortion is in general. You might end up with a horse that has an oversized rump and head with a small body.

Time of day.
The time of day you shoot your picture will greatly effect the quality of your photo. Photography has been described as painting with light. Its a very apt description of what a photograph really is. The best times for taking a picture of your horse is within 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset.

Placement of horse
Stand with your back to the sun – have your horse handler lead the horse so that the horse is at a right angle to the end of your shadow. If the horse has a weak rear shoot them slightly form behind.

©2012 Joan Dyer

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