The advantage of taking photos of animals is that a large number of people like such photos. The social media platforms are often flooded with pictures of animals and viewed by many too.
A horse is a magnificent creature and is also one of the many animals people love to take photographs and view.
Many people are Horse Racing memorabilia collectors but very few have the expertise to take splendid photographs. The reason being, horses are not the easiest animal to take a photograph of, since it requires several unique techniques. The reason being they are not camera friendly and do not like bright colors.
This article provides details on horse photography and several tips & tricks:
What is Horse Photography?
Horse photography describes taking photos of horses during events, in the wild, in a stable, in the presence of humans, etc. Special skill is required to take a portrait of humans with a horse.
Taking a photo of a horse by itself (Equine Portraits) also require special skills. A photographer needs to have special knowledge on the behavior of a horse to be able to take photos during events, fairs, festivals, and even while horseback riding.
Safe Distance for Horse Photography
Horses are big animals and it is necessary to keep a safe distance while taking photos. They tend to get scared when approached with flash photography and may even have a hostile reaction.
This is mainly due to their survival instinct to either flee or fight. If it feels threatened it is like to fight back and even kick violently, making it very hard for a person to handle it.
Thus, it is a good idea not to work in a closed space with a horse while taking photos. Never stand directly in front of them or behind either.
If a horse feels trapped it is likely to strike or bite. Allow enough space for a horse to escape or run in case it gets scared; the same applies to a photographer as well.
There are several warning signs that a horse is uncomfortable such as ears laying back, curling of upper lips, and showing of whites in the eyes, snorting or head tossing.
When up close with a horse it is essential to be aware of the blind spots to prevent serious injury. A horse can see up to 195 degrees horizontally with a single eye and has both monocular and binocular vision. It also has three blind spots, one directly in front, one directly behind and other under its nose.
Tips for Horse Photography
- Do not make any sudden movements or loud noises around a horse. In fact, it is necessary to be steady and quiet around almost all animals while taking a photo.
- It is necessary to have a good camera with several good accessories like tripod, zoom lenses, etc.
- The background is equally important; For example, if you manage to capture a photo of a horse with the best possible expression but have a bad background, the photo is not likely to have any takers or be very popular.
- Taking a photo from the right perspective in the correct orientation will bring great results. Adding motion blur and applying varied focal lengths also help take an effective photo.
- The perfect equine photo requires one to have a lot of patience to wait for the right moment especially when taking photos while it is in movement.
- In the case of moving photos, it is a good idea to set the camera to take multiple photos for best results.
- The quality of such photos tends to depends on the time of the day as well. For example, photos of a horse with a hill or open field in the background along with sunset or sunrise will look fabulous.