Photographing Horses - A Unique Perspective

Horses are majestic creatures. Their powerful size alone demands your respect. Its not easy getting a close up shot.

What I've discovered is if the goal is to capture horse portraits or head shots the trick is to get the proper shot angle.

Horses have large odd shaped heads and they stand significantly taller than most humans. Most of the time a photographer ends up shooting up or at the same level as the animal. Sometimes this will distort the horse's muzzle or give unflattering results.

When photographing head shots and portraits its important to get close and fill the frame. Profile shots work really well.

My strongest recommendation is to squat down get low and shoot up at the horse. This produces some very dramatic shots with the sky in the background. Be sure and meter for the sky and use a fill flash on the horse. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the shots you take from this unique perspective.

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April 28, 2010

Joezachs

Some good points here.
I did spend some time at the race course during their practice sessions and I see your point.

November 30, 2008

Sgcallaway1994

Hakansenturk2005 ~ I agree with everything you mentioned. I hope to see your horse pictures soon on dreamstime. ;-} thanks for reading the blog!

November 30, 2008

Hakansenturk2005

Shooting horse picture needs patience,time and a little bit luck of course. I am working with students and we went on a picnic, i saw two horses and tried to take their photograph, and i am very happy because i have 5 great horse photos with a rural background.

November 06, 2008

Marilyngould

Absolutely love horses -- I used to compete in the hunter division jumping Thoroughbreds and sport horses (warmbloods). Your blog is very helpful and in addition it would be useful to know what angles breeders of specific horses like to see in a photo. Each breed has defining features that fans of those like to see. Your shot of the foal is especially nice. Good luck

November 04, 2008

Sgcallaway1994

Thanks for the kudos & encouragement. It really helps us newbies!

November 04, 2008

Marilynv

Love your great horse photographs, and your nice blog! Thanks and good luck here...

Best regards,
Marilynv

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