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How to Photograph A Beautiful Horse

Updated on July 21, 2013
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A beautiful horse photo can be obtained by almost anyone with a knowledge of photography, some creativity and off course a horse or better yet, several horses. Horses have been a photographic favorite for many years and they remain one of the most photographed animal subjects up to today.

Not only are they beautiful subjects but they seem to grow more majestic when photographed, and don't forget that there are thousands of people who not only love horses but also have formed very strong bonds with them.

If you want to purse horse photography you should first locate a location that will allow you access to several of them and several variations such as Pintos, Palominos, Quarter horse, Paso Finos and so on. There should also be some mares, stallions and ponies.

Get to know the horse's owners, stable owners and horse trainers, they can prove to be formidable sources of a wealth of information and behaviors of their stock and will more than likely be very glad to work with your in allotting the opportunity of taking really great photos and probably all that it will take to garnish their assistance and permission to photograph their animals is to give them some free copies of your images.

Focus of the faces and eyes and full body. Take some shots while they are at rest and when running. The musculature of the males, especially those that are bred for racing and jumping can provide some very nice images. You can photograph them while they are being ridden or by themselves but for this project better concentrate on single specimens without riders. If possible try to record some images against the setting Sun to catch some really beautiful silhouettes.

Using a zoom lens in the range of about 200mm should be enough to capture close ups and try not to use flash if you are too close to them as this may scare them or make then uneasy.

Close ups of body parts can also accompany full body poses. Hooves, mouths, tails, manes and muscle tones provide added beauty and complement full body shots.

Also pay attention when they are interacting with each other. Male horses will often take on a full gallop when playing or attempting to attract a female.

Never encroach upon the space of a horse that you do not know without the presence of its owner or trainer. Not only will this make them nervous but can prove to be a dangerous exercise, and they run faster than you. Be also vigilant when approaching mares and their fowl as they can get jittery by the presence of a stranger.

Above all, no matter how tempted you may be, do not attempt to ride a horse if you have not had any formal training. It is dangerous for you and can be so for the animal too as well as for others around you.

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Horse photographs are always in demand by many publications, calendar companies and various other commercial sources. Many horse or equine related industries regularly require photos of these beautiful animals in their advertising campaigns as well.

But since these animals have been photographed thousands of times, your efforts must be top notch, technically flawless, pleasant, and well composed.

Only the most beautiful and creative of images can potentially be sold. So before you even attempt tho undertaken this project assure yourself that you can do so with creativity as your guiding force.

A goo source of inspiration is to browse through any of the many publications that regularly feature horses in their covers and in their articles. Not only will this let you know what the currents trends are but can also give a broad array of ideas for shots.

One word of advice is worth mentioning; do not take all images in the same way; in other words , do not photograph all of your subjects much less submit them as all full body poses or head only.

Carefully choose the best images that are also varied in their portrayal of this subject and submit them as sets. Try to also include the equine name of each specimen.

The majority of buyers or publications are better inclined to purchase your images if they shows all possible "sides" of a horse.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Beth Beardall: Thank you

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      Beth Beardall 5 years ago

      Your photos bring out the majesty and beauty of your subject. I appreciate the tips you give on your hubs, too. Thanks. I do a bit of photography, mostly of horses for a friend of mine. Some of my pictures are seen on the website I created for him, but nowhere near your caliber.

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      taratabet 5 years ago from Avalon

      Great hub LuisEGonzalez.

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      pandula77 5 years ago from Norway

      Wow...what a lovely hub and very interesting to read. I always liked horses although didn't think of many avenues of photographing them as you described. Thanks. voted up.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Excellent tips on photographing horses. I loved to take pictures of animals and plants. It will be great try your tips. Voted and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You are so right, people love horse pictures on almost anything. I think it would be hard to photograph these beautiful creatures because they seem to be in constant motion. The photos are great shots and portray horses as the fine animal that they are.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos and great tips on having a cautious approach.

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      Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Beautiful Luis!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I love horses so any project with horses, I am there. Those photos are beautiful. Great!