How to Take a Good Conformation Photos

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How to Take a Good Conformation Photos

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    11-10-2011, 12:13 PM
How to Take a Good Conformation Photos

  • Take a side profile of your horse.
  • Place your horse's entire body, including its head, at a 90-degree angle to the camera. This, and standing your horse on level ground, will ensure that its proportions appear accurate in the photo.
  • Consider banding, braiding, or combing your horse's mane over if it falls on the left side and is particularly long. This will give the judge a clearer view of the neck.
  • Place your horse in a well-lit, simple setting with little distractions.
  • Fit your horse's entire body in the picture, but make sure your horse isn't so far away that it's hard to see.
  • Be intentional. A candid shot of your horse in the pasture won't follow these guidelines. You want your horse to look its best!

  • Place your horse in a distracting setting.
  • Include the handler in the photo. Again, it distracts attention away from the horse.
  • Take a picture where your horse has its leg cocked.
  • Put your horse in a halter that's too big or otherwise ill fitted. It looks sloppy and can alter the appearance of your horse's features.
  • Stand your horse on a slope.
  • Take a picture of your horse at an angle--it skews your horse's proportions.
  • Outfit your horse in bell boots or any other kind of tack.
  • Include any other horses in the photo.

Basic list is from - How to Take a Good Conformation Clinic Photo - but I have edited to fit what is needed here.

If anyone wants to post examples of good and bad conformation pictures that they have taken, that would be wonderful, or if anyone has anything else to add to this list.
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    11-10-2011, 12:16 PM

That's all I have to say......
    11-10-2011, 12:22 PM
Thank you! I might have some pics of my two on the shop computer that fit the criteria for examples. Will check and post up later if I find them.
    11-10-2011, 06:20 PM
Originally Posted by NdAppy    

If anyone wants to post examples of good and bad conformation pictures that they have taken, that would be wonderful, or if anyone has anything else to add to this list.
Here is an example of a bad(but frequently posted) conformation shot.

I have tons of bad, but not a whole lot of good one lol
    11-14-2011, 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
Here is an example of a bad(but frequently posted) conformation shot.

I have tons of bad, but not a whole lot of good one lol
It's especially hard to get good conformation shots on Appys. Setting them up so that all their spots line up properly is a nightmare...
    11-16-2011, 11:42 PM
Taking the side picture you need to be even with the middle of the horse and pointing straight at them. You need to have you camera level with their barrel so as to not be to high or to low (distorting up or down)

Example of a side picture.

Example of a rear picture

I need to find my front view of her.

Anyone else have any pictures to add?
    11-17-2011, 06:24 AM
I give you pictures of my horses :

This one is a little bit too near the front of the horse, but rather exploitable

On this kind of picture too, you can see lot of things. Having the horse stay on this kind of ground is great help, because you know it's flat.

This last picture of him, without grass and just in front of him, would have been perfect!

This other one :

Is OK.

That :

With a rider on, you can see a lot of things already... But it's not the best way to get an idear...

    11-30-2011, 02:14 PM
Bumping this up.
    11-30-2011, 06:12 PM
Here are some examples that are pretty good.

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NdAppy and blush like this.
    12-01-2011, 07:25 PM
Also, being slightly off in the angle while taking the picture can make your horse look much different than it actually does. Also shown in these two pictures: the difference squared legs makes. In the first picture, Abby's legs are under her and it throws off her entire shoulder angle.

For example:
In this picture, I am slightly to the right and it makes Abby look like a Dachshund and all out of proportion.

While she does actually have a long back, it's not nearly as awkward when I am standing correctly.

And for a good hind shot, it makes it easier to critique if the tail is either braided like MN's picture or put into a quick knot like this (forgive my tilted angle):

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