Equine photography is the art of photographing horses. It is a challenging but rewarding genre of photography, as horses are beautiful and expressive creatures. Equine photographers must be able to capture the horse's movement, grace, and personality in their images.
There are many different types of equine photography, including:
- Portrait photography: Equine portrait photography is similar to human portrait photography. The goal is to capture the horse's individual personality and beauty in a single image.
- Action photography: Equine action photography captures the horse in motion. This could be anything from a horse jumping a fence to a horse galloping through a field.
- Documentary photography: Equine documentary photography tells the story of horses and the people who love them. This could involve photographing horse shows, horse racing, or simply people enjoying their horses at home.
Equine photographers use a variety of techniques to capture the best possible images of horses. Some common techniques include:
- Using a fast shutter speed: A fast shutter speed is necessary to freeze the horse's motion and prevent blur.
- Using a wide aperture: A wide aperture allows the photographer to blur the background and focus attention on the horse.
- Using natural light: Natural light is often the best light for equine photography. It is flattering and can help to create a sense of atmosphere in the image.
- Capturing the horse's eyes: The horse's eyes are one of its most expressive features. Equine photographers often try to capture the horse's eyes in their images to add emotion and depth.
Equine photography is a beautiful and challenging art form that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Equine photographers capture the beauty, grace, and personality of horses in their images.
Here are some additional tips for equine photography:
- Be patient: Equine photography can be time-consuming. Horses are unpredictable animals, so it is important to be patient and wait for the right moment to take a photo.
- Get to know your subject: The more you know about horses, the better your equine photos will be. Take some time to learn about horse behavior and body language.
- Be safe: Horse safety is always paramount. Be aware of your surroundings and never put yourself in a dangerous situation.
If you are interested in learning more about equine photography, there are a number of resources available, including books, websites, and workshops. If you are interested in hiring a photographer, there are many listed here to cover your event or to capture beautiful moments with your horse!
Please note: The locations are only as a reference and photographers often travel extensively to perform their craft. Please contact the photographer directly regarding your specific location needs.
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By Ann S. Gordon, CPP
When I was 8 years old, I was photographing horses with my Brownie Flash Six-20. The camera had two settings: 5 to 10 feet and “Beyond 10 feet,” which I probably didn’t use reliably. The horses in those images had bulbous noses, large heads, and very long back legs.
Today, more than 50 years later and having photographed hundreds of equines in my animal portraiture business, I know how to make the animals look their best and reflect the breed or equestrian sport their owners enjoy.
Even if you don't specialize in animal photography, you may be asked by clients to include a horse in a portrait, as was a friend of mine recently. If so, you’ll find the following tips helpful in capturing wonderful images of the large, easily distorted, incredibly beautiful animal that is the horse.
1. Use a long lens. Try a 200mm or 300mm lens, and stand back as far as 1 foot per millimeter. In other words, when using a 200mm lens, shoot from 150 to 200 feet. This helps minimize the distortion that can happen when photographing such a large animal.
2. Use a fast shutter speed. A minimum of 1/250 to 1/500 second is best. You can use shutter priority to make sure things don’t blur if you’re working in an arena where the light is constantly changing, but I like to use my manual setting for most things. Even with a standing horse, those ears move, as does the tail.
3. Have an assistant. You’ll need one to make noises, move horse feet, rattle buckets, and hold onto a fractious horse so the owner can look relaxed. In order to keep the animal calm, the assistant needs to be very comfortable with horses.
4. Get down. Your lens should be at the mid-shoulder of the horse. Any higher than that, and the animal’s legs will look short. If you’re too low, the legs will appear long—really long. I wear gel kneepads so I can move quickly without hurting myself.
By Candace Chaney, Contributing Culture Writer
Robert Vavra is one of the most famous horse photographers in the world, but he doesn't see himself that way.
"I view myself more as an artist and storyteller," says Vavra, 76, who runs two miles a day and has the voice of a man decades younger.
The artistry has made his work an international success, with decades of endurance. Romantic, mythical and boldly evocative, Vavra's photographic compositions of horses seem like something from a magical storybook come to life.
"My aim is to capture the true romance and beauty of the horse," says Vavra, something he has done as an author and photographer of nearly 40 books whose subjects span continents and six decades.
On Saturday, the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park will open Vavra's Vision: The Equine Images of Robert Vavra, the first major retrospective of Vavra's 60-year career as an equine photographer. It continues through May 30.
Photographer creates 3,000 square foot backdrop to capture stunning pictures of horses in all their glory
By Rob Preece
Read the original article on the Daily Mail UK
Strong and muscular but graceful when they move, horses have inspired artists and writers for centuries.
But these pictures show the animals as you've probably never imagined them before - posing for portraits in a professional photographer's studio.
And this isn't any ordinary studio - it's a 3,000 square foot backdrop and stage which the photographer, Lindsay Robertson, takes to stables in the back of his Transit van.
Mr Robertson, 58, from Edinburgh, designed the studio himself and revealed that it cost him a 'five-figure' sum to create.
To make the backdrop, he had to buy two enormous rolls of muslin before sewing them together in the only space he could find that was large enough - a railway station car park.
He then spent a month painting the muslin and rigged up a system of poles to raise it to a right angle. Next he built the 700 square foot stage upon which the horses stand for their portraits.