Hey, new here. I've never really been a big horse person, but my sister always has been, and since I'm really into photography as a hobby, she constantly pesters me to take pictures at her horse shows. I got myself a new camera last week, so she's all over me to do some photography at her next show, yet I know nothing about photographing horses.
I'm more of a macro-nature photographer than anything, so I don't even know where to start for big, slow (well, for what I'm used to) moving animals. I also understand that there are certain formalities in English riding photography. I just don't know what they are or how to work with them.
I'm using a Canon Rebel XT DSLR right now for a camera. I'm also a huge fan of the tripod in most of my "work". :)
So here's a few questions:
1) What are the more technical points of English riding photography? (like the stride and all that... I don't know any technical terms, so please forgive me.) I've taken some nice photos of horses, and then been told that the lead was incorrect or something like that. Could someone explain all this in an easy-to-understand way?
2) What lenses should I carry? Like I said, I'm a macro photographer... What's most effective and what has the best bang-for-the-buck as an all-around horse lens.
3) Tripod, or no? I know horses can be skittish. Is a tripod something that would cause a problem?
4) What ISO, Shutter Speed, etc. do you generally use? I know this is a sort of learn it as you go sort of thing, but what's a good base-line?
5) Does anyone have any links for info like the above, or perhaps some links for inspiration?
6) Any final tips? Did I miss anything?
Thanks in advance.