- 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.