06-27-2013, 09:15 AM
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I will post a Quote here from the article.. because it is so well done!
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2. Pick a good day and time of day.
- Choose an uncluttered area -- no cars, equipment, etc.
- Choose a site with a "contrasting" background, e.g., don't stand up a palamino in a sand ring.
- The area directly behind the horse should be more or less the came color or intensity throughout.
- Find a site with level ground. If you can, identify a reference point (such as a fence or groundline) to gauge horizontal balance.
3. Prepare your horse.
- Best times of day are about an hour or two after sunrise or before sunset. The light at this time will add a "glow."
- If you want more sharpness, shoot in the late AM or early PM (e.g. 10 am or 2 pm).
- Shoot with the sun behind your shoulder and slightly from the rear of the horse.
- For most horses, a bright overcast day is best. Overcast light is more evenly distributed, with fewer harsh shadows.
- For black, grey, or white horses, pick a more overcast day or low angled sun. They require a lot of side lighting to show the detail in their muscles as they move.
- When shooting in bright daylight, use a flash to eliminate shadows.
4. Position your horse.
- Your horse should be immaculately clean.
- Braid your horse if he has a nice neck.
- Shoeing should be recent, hooves polished.
- Use a leather halter/lead or bridle (cleaned, polished).
- Get your horse used to the tripod and other equipment. 4.Ask two friends to help.
- Have them block out a few hours.
- One will hold the horse, and one will get the horse's attention.
5. Take the photos!
- Set up the horse in the designated location.
- The height of the camera should be the middle of the barrel.
- The camera should be positioned directly across from the girth area.
- The camera should be at a distance so that the horse "fills up" the frame.
- The cannon bones of the legs nearest the viewer should be vertical; the far feet should angle slightly inward so that all four feet are visible. The horse should cover a lot of ground, but should not be "parked out."
- Turn the horse's head slightly toward the camera.
- For a dressage prospect, the neck should be slightly elevated; hunters should be stretched out and down.
- The horse should look alert and curious, with the neck arched.
- Walk the horse forward into the standing postion. Do not back them into it.
- One assistant should hold the animal, the other should stand 20 feet in front with a bag, some grain, or a lunge whip to get the horse's attention.
- The session could last 1-2 hours, giving the horse frequent breaks.
- Try different "distractors" -- grain, lunge whip, etc.
- Take many, many photos.