Horses and techniques

By way of introduction, I'm not keen on horses. They are lovely, beautiful, great animals, but I've had no chance in my life yet to keep myself close to them. In spite of this, you can see many photos about horses in my portfolio. No, I'm not a liar. :) Horses are easy to shoot (with camera, of course :)), they're calm and funny in same way, so really good models for an amateur, too.

Second stage, I'm not a Photoshop guru. I don't like hard modification in an image - but now I realized that good, small things can help you. I never use layers (don't laugh loud! :)) – once I tried it and I did not like. I’d like to share you some simple tools to get better photos without that “duplicate layers” function.

In first photo, I simply use Distort/Lens Correction/Remove Distortion to flex the scene: black horse get into the middle and closer to you and photo became more dynamic than before. You can see original scene on next shot.

In second photo, sun was not there originally. The middle of shot was darker and clouds burnt out there because of noon lights. A little Lens flare effect (on 35 mm) could help me to remove those problems from my photo. It’s not a big deal, but counts a lot.

In there, background was too sharp, horses simply disappeared in photo. I should might use Blur tool simply, but I decided for Magic Wand tool – I simply select the background and hit Blur option a few times…

There I must used high ISO because of low light – but window in background burnt out anyway. So I use 15% sepia filter to undetect blurred window. In the meantime, I create three images from original with simply +/- exposures and create a fake-HDR from them in my free program Photomatix Basic. I bet you can’t tell that!

Have you got some more tips for a layer-hater?

Photo credits: Aginger.

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March 05, 2011


Great article and very nice photo! Thank you !!!

March 03, 2011


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February 28, 2011


nice pics,thanks for share

February 28, 2011


:) Thank you

February 28, 2011


Some good and useful hints here.

February 24, 2011


That first manipulation was very interesting. I've only used that tool with architectural images a few times in the past.

February 14, 2011


Thank you, good to hear that! :)

February 13, 2011


Thank you! You get a 'useful' from me. Good shots.

February 12, 2011


Neat tips! Thank you! :)

February 10, 2011


I love horses. Don't own one. I love to photo them. Thank you for the advise. I am no Photoshop guru either. Beautiful images.

February 09, 2011


great tips!

February 09, 2011


Yes, Shadow/Highlight is good, but with limited usage. hahh, for panos I never used Distortion...I even not thinking about that however it's logic...

February 09, 2011


Photomatix basic free! hummm, nice tip :)
When I have no other way I use shadow/highlight of PS, but I must be really carefull or it degrades too much the image.
In general I avoid using tools that distort pixel geometry, except in panos where it can't be avoided. But I should try some of your tips when I have the chance.
Thanks :)

February 08, 2011


I love horses. It was interesting to see how you corrected the first image. Thanks for sharing!

February 07, 2011


Great animals this horses. Sometimes they look smarter than many people I know :P
Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

February 07, 2011


Very beauty images,congratulations!

February 07, 2011


beautiful horses. i used to love riding when i was a child.

February 07, 2011



February 06, 2011


Amazing images, congratulations and good luck with them.

February 06, 2011


Very beautiful photos of horses! :)

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