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How to Take a Good Conformation Photos

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    12-01-2011, 08:25 PM
There are already plenty of good examples of what to do so I'll simply suggest that this should get stickied.
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    12-01-2011, 08:58 PM
This would be a decent picture if his back legs were even. Those durn Thoroughbreds just never want to stand square!
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This picture of the Claiborne stallion Pulpit is something I see too often: partial side view, legs cut off, only thing really visible being the chest and face.

Obviously over-exaggerated, but you can see how a slant can make a nice horse look wonky:
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    12-05-2011, 09:23 AM
Bumping this up to the top again.
    12-06-2011, 03:41 PM
Green Broke
Sticky anyone?
    12-06-2011, 08:01 PM
Green Broke
Here is an example of how even a slight change in angle can cause a drastic changein conformation:

Good photo

Bad photo
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    12-09-2011, 09:13 AM
Bringing this back up to the top of the page.
    12-10-2011, 06:14 PM
Originally Posted by NdAppy    
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?
Agree the pic needs to be taken dead center of the horse's barrel, but this horse is not set up square on the photo. It's important to get the horse ABSOLUTELY square.....with the front legs straight down from the shoulder, and the back legs with the hocks just below to the point of buttock.
    12-10-2011, 06:27 PM
And some horses don't stand absolutely square when no one is holding them.
    12-11-2011, 06:04 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by GotaDunQH    
Agree the pic needs to be taken dead center of the horse's barrel, but this horse is not set up square on the photo. It's important to get the horse ABSOLUTELY square.....with the front legs straight down from the shoulder, and the back legs with the hocks just below to the point of buttock.
I disagree, the first photo I posted he is not 100% square but he is stood up perfectly to judge conformation. Infact in the showring in the UK that is how you should stand them when the judge is looking at conformation.
    12-11-2011, 10:59 PM
This needs to be stickied! I'm still seeing threads with poor pictures.

Remember that legs need to be shot from the front/rear straight on. I keep seeing a few that are still at a slight angle. Also be sure there's good lighting in the photo and make sure the background doesn't blend into the horse (such as a black horse partially standing in front of a black doorway). Crouching also helps from taking the photo at too high of an angle.

Helpful website too:

And also when taking a picture of the rear legs, take it from the back of the horse where the tail is viewable. I've seen a few where people stick the camera between the horses front leg so you get a leg/sheath view. The POB is an important reference point that can't be seen unless taken from the rear. Haha.

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