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How To... Take Horse Pictures - Page 1 of 2

As we all know, there's a difference between a horse picture and a good horse picture. Below are some tips on how you can take a better picture of your horse, with examples of good and bad pictures.

How To Take Horse Pictures (you are on page 1 of 2)


Fill The Frame

Fill the frame! When you look through your camera's viewfinder, your main subject (which, in this case, is your horse) should fill the vast majority of what you're seeing.

In this photo the horse is overwhelmed by the pasture and sky.

How to take horse pictures

To fill the frame:

  • Move closer to your subject.
  • Use the camera's zoom.
  • Crop the photo: If you simply can't fill the frame with your subject, you may want to go ahead and take the shot but then crop the picture later so that the main subject fills the photo. In fact, many professional photographers feel that most photos benefit from at least a little cropping.

Much better! In this photo the photographer used the zoom and also cropped the picture after it was taken. This resulted in a much better photo.

To take a horse picture, fill the frame

Be Careful With Forward Angles

When taking a picture of the whole horse be very careful when taking the photo from a forward angle. The wrong forward angle can make the entire front end of the horse appear overly large and out of proportion. In addition, the wrong forward angle makes it difficult to see any definition in the horse's body. If you do take a forward angle shot, be very cautious about the angle and how it makes the horse appear in the completed photo.

This photo was taken from a forward angle that makes the front end of the horse look out of proportion to the rest of its body. In addition, the angle is obscuring the horse's body, and very little of the horse can be seen well.

Don't take horse pictures from an extreme forward angle

Much better! This photo was also taken from a forward angle, but the horse looks very nice.

Horse picture from a slight forward angle

Feet Close To Square

If the photo is of a horse standing still, it's usually most flattering for the horse to be standing with its feet "square" (front legs even with each other, back legs even with each other), or close to square. For a casual photo the horse's feet do not have to be exactly square, particularly the back feet, just close. For a more formal photo, the front and back feet should be as square as possible.

At right: This horse is standing close to square.

This horse's feet are close to square

Ears Up!

Ears up! A picture of a horse with its ears back, down, or to the side is unflattering to any horse.

Unless you are specifically capturing a horse's emotions where the ears' being back or down is appropriate, you will want to make sure the ears are up.

The photos at right were taken only moments apart. There is no question that the horse looks better in the second picture where her ears are up.

Picture of a horse with its ears back

Picture of a horse with its ears up

How To Take Horse Pictures (you are on page 1 of 2)


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