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What Make’s A Good Horse Portrait?
If you ask a horse owner what makes a good horse portrait, each person will have different tastes when it comes to the style of a photograph, but most horse owners that I have talked to and worked with prefer certain positioning of a horse’s leg stance, ear position and head movement.
There is a whole language involving each of these aspects in relation to horse positioning and I continue to learn each and every time I photograph a horse. Photographing horse’s takes consideration, patience and understanding and is a skill I continue to expand on, even after photographing horses for the last seven years.
WHY I USE FLASH FOR HORSE PORTRAITS
Combining flash into equine photography can be challenging but very rewarding, as flash can help set the style and mood to an image, enabling me not to photograph moments as they are, but illuminate moments how they can be.
By combining flash and ambient light to equine portraits I can add more impact and dimension to equine images. We have found that most horses are fine with flash, even very sensitive ones. We always take things slowly, show and introduce your horse to our equipment and test the flash a few times to make sure they’re acclimatised before we start the shoot.
I am always open to ideas and suggestions and if you would like to collaborate with me in relation to horse portrait photography or horse action photography, I would love to hear from you.