How To Take Horse Pictures - Page 2 of 2
A few more examples and information on how to take better pictures of horses.
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Make sure the background of the photo is clean and uncluttered (this includes shadows). Your horse should dominate the photograph, with little or nothing to distract the eye. Most often a "bland" background is a good background. If your background is distracting, move the horse, change your angle, etc.
In this photo the attention that should be on the sorrel horse is shared with clutter in the background.
In this photo the eye is drawn to the horse without being distracted by objects in the background.
In many cases you will want the horse to be centered in the picture. However, off-center framing can be perfect for some shots. For example, capturing a bronc at a rodeo in a moment of exciting action, a little offside so you can see the reaction of the crowd in the stands, may make a good picture even better. For additional ideas and suggestions for off-center framing, we suggest you look up the "rule of thirds" for photography in your favorite Web search engine.
If you see a good shot, take it! Don't hesitate! For most people hesitating is a common reaction because they want to wait to see if the contents of their photo are going to get even better. Unfortunately, things often don't get better and frequently get worse. So, we repeat: If you see a good shot, take it!
A fairly nice photo.
For anyone using a digital camera hesitating should no longer be an excuse for blowing a photo. With a digital camera there is no concern about the cost of developing photos, so you can take a lot of photos without adding to your costs. You can then preview all of your photos and simply delete the ones that didn't work out.
A split second after the photo immediately above was taken the horse swished its tail and began to walk off. If you see a shot, take it without hesitating!
Digital Camera Software: The Two "Biggees" Of Editing Photos
If you own a digital camera there's a good chance some type of photo editing software came along with it. Most photo editing software, even the free and inexpensive versions, is surprisingly powerful and filled with all kinds of great editing choices for your photos. Most of this software is so filled with features, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to the point no one wants to bother with trying to learn it all.
However, there are two features everyone should be comfortable with using in photo editing software. If you only learn these two features (both are surprisingly simple) and ignore everything else the software can do, you will be able to transform many mediocre photos into good ones. The two features are cropping and cloning.
- Cropping - Cropping is where the edges of the photo (one or both sides, and/or the top or bottom), are cropped off. With cropping, the main subject of the photo can be brought closer to the front, often making a huge difference in the quality of the photo.
For example, with cropping, this:
can become this:
- Cloning - Cloning is where one area of a photo is reproduced (or "cloned") over the top of another area.
For example, with cloning, this......
......can become this:
The cluttered background above the horse's head is gone. Dirt from other parts of the arena was cloned over the top of the clutter.
- Attach A Leather Rope Strap
- Bridle A Horse
- Buy Cowboy Stuff On eBay
- Care For A Silk Wild Rag
- Care For Your Felt Cowboy Hat
- Care For Your Saddle Pad Or Blanket
- Clean Silver Conchos
- Close A Gate With A Chain Latch
- Estimate Cattle Age By Their Teeth
- Estimate A Horse's Weight
- Estimate Western Cinch Size
- Fishtail Braid Your Horse's Tail
- Flatten Cow Horn
- Hydro Dip A Cow Skull
- Make A Bridle Rack Out Of Tin Cans
- Make A Collapsible Wood Saddle Rack
- Make A Flag Boot Out Of A Horn
- Make Homemade Hoof Conditioner
- Make Homemade Horse Fly Spray
- Measure A Horse's Girth
- Measure A Horse's Height
- Measure A Western Saddle Seat
- Put A Horn Knot On Your Rope
- Put A Speed Burner On A Honda
- Recognize Common Horse Colors
- Recognize Common Horse Face Markings
- Saddle A Horse
- Stop A Saddle From Squeaking
- Take Horse Pictures
- Tell A Boy Cow From A Girl Cow
- Tell A Horse Skull From A Cow Skull
- Tie A Honda
- Tie A Horse
- Tie A Quick Release Knot
- Tie A Stopper Knot
Tie a stopper knot for the end of a rope, or a metal, rawhide, or plastic honda
- Tie A Stopper Knot For A Honda
Tie a stopper knot for a tied honda
- Tie A Wild Rag Knot
- Trim A Bridle Path
- Turn Blevins Buckles Over
- Turn Western Stirrups
- Understand Leather / Hide Thickness
- Weigh A Horse and Optimize Rider Weight
- Whiten Bone
- Wrap A Saddle Horn With Rubber
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