Great Photos of Horses
why you should photograph horses and how to capture their majestic
mobility and stately air, and much more in a three part series of
articles brought to you by New York Institute of Photography (NYI),
America's oldest and largest photography school.
Part 1 of NYI's series on EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHY, NYI writer, Lauren
Ragland, takes you to the beginning of horse photography starting
with Eadweard Muybridge. Yes, he just happened to be the first person
to capture a horse galloping on film. Then, she looks at how to
photograph the dashing animals either speeding around a racetrack
or poised and grazing in a field. For those who like to get down
and dirty, Lauren takes you to the rodeo where rearing and steering
is no laughing matter.
Photography Part I, <http://www.nyip.com/tips/topic_equine_photography0302.php>
focuses on Eadweard Muybridge and his famous photo sequence, Galloping
Horse. His work acted as the precursor to the movies and inspired
people across Europe and the United States to begin photographing
animals. This first installment will also get you on your way to
photographing those sometimes unpredictable, always loveable animals.
For novice horse photographers, discover how to interact with the
horses. They each have different temperaments, and its important
to learn the personality of your horse.
is one of the most important aspects to consider when photographing
animals. For horses, in the early morning or late afternoon, according
to NYI, is when the bright sun wont cast unflattering shadows
over the subject. Is your subject most comfortable inside or out?
Its best to keep your model in their comfortable environment.
Part II of NYI's Equine Photography series <http://www.nyip.com/tips/topic_equine_photography0402.php>,
you'll get helpful tips and insight into capturing beautiful steeds
racing past the clock and towards the finish line. Racing is entrenched
in a rich tradition, and photography is a large part of it. There
are several techniques you can use to get great racing photos. At
a racetrack, a photo finish can be as important as the horse that
crosses the ribbon. Try to get as close to the leading horse as
possible and take a lot of photos to insure that you have captured
the action. Panning with your camera as the horses move toward the
finish line is another technique you can try.
will also show you how to take pictures suitable for a glossy equine
magazine or for a portrait-sized frame. Learn from which angle to
capture the horses. What are the standard shots and the inventive
angles? How much of the horse should you get in the frame? And how
many horses should you capture? Which ones do you exclude? NYI's
series on Equine Photography will answer all these questions and
course, NYI didn't stop at the finish line, and in Equine Photography
Part III, <http://www.nyip.com/tips/topic_equine_photography0702.php>
jump into the pen to learn the art of photographing those rowdy
rodeos. Pay attention to where the steer is headed, but more importantly
watch out for any visual distractions and get ready to capture the
mayhem. Use a large aperture and a fast shutter speed to throw the
background out of focus and draw more attention to the action.
lots more tips on Equine Photography visit the New York Institute
of Photography (NYI) Web site at <http://www.nyip.com>.
with permission from the New York Institute of Photography website