From your shoot or event you can choose your Horse Photography Wall Art. There has never been a greater range of wall art products to choose from. From a Horse Photography Canvas to a metal print, there is something to suit all tastes.
Then there is the edit and this needs to be sympathetic to the photograph.
Editing Equine Photography Fine Art
We have the simple edits like removing a fly and changing colours. You can also have full art edits such as this watercolour wall art.
Quite a change from the original stable shoot photograph.
As you can see Nigel dressed for the shoot. An equestrian shoot is about the horse as well as rider, owner or handler. The style of dress really helps define the best edit and best product. You can of course have a stable shoot and a black background fine art shoot. We use a few tricks to create a low key photography wall art product for you. In fact on a well planned shoot you could have many styles to choose from.
Virtually any image can be edited into something unique. Arena Show Jumping might not be the perfect place to start, but you can finish with wall art. Picking the right edit can emphasise and hide many things.
Canvas or metal print wall art, watercolour or Acrylic Panel, there is something for everyone. At the end of the day a photograph is nothing until it is printed. Wall art requires no batteries, the file will never corrupt and it is there for all to enjoy.
DorsetPhotoEvent cover Equestrian Events across Dorset and the South-West, we know how to photograph equestrian events. We Photograph all disciplines from BE (British Eventing) to Endurance and Local Shows to National competitions. We can photograph your event and have put together a little advice for you.
How to Photograph Equestrian Events
In many ways it is no more difficult than to say you need images that make the horse or pony look great, so what works?
Rule 1. Timing, there are certain elements of the stride pattern that look great, some that look OK and some that can look awful. Knowing when to press the shutter button is paramount. There is then the added issue that some cameras react faster than others. You need to know your camera and the horses stride and match the two together.
Rule 2. Angle, now again this means many things, are we shooting from the front, the side or the rear. Being over 6 foot tall I have to think about not shooting down. Shooting show jumping I could end up making that 1 foot jump look like stepping over a pole on the ground.
Rule 3. Light, as a youngster I was always told to shoot with the sun coming over a shoulder. That is great for basic photography and we can break that rule for far more dramatic effects but more on that with camera settings. The direction of the light changes over a day, not such a problem when shooting X-Country as you can move. This is definitely an issue for Dressage when you often shoot from one spot all day long.
So now we have a Rules, the considerations of how to photograph an equestrian event let us talk about equestrian camera settings.
Camera Settings for Equestrian Photography
Setting 1. RAW or JPEG. If you want to start a fight among photographers this is right up there with Canon or Nikon. In the fast moving world of event photography there is not the time to convert from RAW. When you have maybe 10,000 images from a day JPEG is the order of the day. For optimum quality and to give you more control RAW is far superior. For a portrait session or stable shoot RAW is King – there is no single answer as you have to match your workflow.
Setting 2. Single shot or continuous burst? If we refer back to Rule 1, timing then because we know our equipment and the horses movement we only need a single shot as we time to perfection. A continuous burst is just as likely to miss that decisive moment as capture it. A trick is to use the low speed continuous and by using a light touch only one image is taken (don’t press and hold). What can make this much easier is to break the connection between focusing and shutter activation. We break this connection by using back button focusing. This really is a Marmite setting that some can never master and some never need to.
Setting 3. Exposure mode, and before you can determine that you need to know what is important to you. For me it is controlling the depth of field, how much is in focus and I let the camera do the rest most of the time. As a Nikon user that is Auto ISO. So choose a shutter speed that freezes as much of the action as I want. Use low shutter speed pan with the action to get something arty. Use a high shutter speed and freeze the action and see every hair. So my choice is Aperture priority Auto ISO.
Setting 4. Metering pattern and this is a matter of learning what you camera does. In some situations matrix metering is perfect. Other times it may be spot and manual compensation because of the use of Auto ISO. The thing to do is to find the situations that will cause issues. Think as back lit black or the whitest of gray horses and see how your camera performs.
Setting 5. Focusing and again it comes down to personal preference. The newer cameras have so many focusing modes. At the top level the tracking capabilities and the speed with which the camera can lock onto a target are fantatstic. This is something I dreamed about when I bought the very early auto-focus cameras about 35 years ago. Focusing should always be though of in combination with Rule 2.
Equestrian Photography Camera Choice
So what camera? It is never just the camera, it is the camera and lens combined that needs to be considered. My first consideration would be ergonomics. The camera must fit the hand comfortably as you will be using it all day long. Weight should then also be considered which opens up the strap or harness of choice. Can you minimise the effect of weight by using a monopod, bean bag etc.
Some cameras perform well in low light, so will you be indoors in low light trying to catch action? Will you be outside in all weathers. Will your images be used on billboards?
There is a reason why the 70-200 f2,8 is possibly the most common lens that I and equestrian photographers own. They are known for their sharpness, speed of focusing. They also offer a good level of weather proofing.
So that was a basic trot around what you need to consider. Hopefully that will help you know how to photograph equestrian events.
We at DorsetPhotoEvent also do stable visits, portraits and lots more to produce fine art equestrian photography.
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A busy weekend of Equestrian Photography for the team, shooting indoors and outdoors. As a photographer it hurts when they say “great images, you must have a good camera”. Truth is that when it comes to indoors the camera really makes a difference. You can take the best photographers (and we do) but the very best of equipment really helps.
Of course Pony Club riders are seasoned individuals and compete outside at this time of year as well. So a bit of outside Show Jumping Photography was also called for.
Following day a change of venue and a change of disciplines. Some Dressage Photography and Moreton Equestrian Centre. So from the excitement of show jumping to a different form of precision and control.
And then to cap off the weekend a visit to the RAC Saddle Club Bovington. Again a bit different, Arena Cross Country. A challenging Arena XC course takes the horses over a different style of jump.
For us a number of changes of style but at all events a fully professional system providing printing on site. Montages are something that we really enjoy. A good equestrian montage details the story of the day.
When is an equestrian photograph more than just a photograph of a horse? Answer: when it becomes part of an art piece such as one of our Equestrian Art Montages
The more control we have at the image taking stage the easier it is to create your montage. Always great to consider the finished result when doing a rider and horse or stable session, in fact this is not just limited to horses. We could create a fantastic sportrait of just about any sport.
Sportrait – A sporting portrait
If we can create fine art equestrian images, we can also create fine art football sportraits
So for something different, think DorsetPhotoEvent, we cover all sorts of events from Weddings to Equestrian, Prom to Dog Agility and just about any other photographic work you can think of.
It really could be described as a Tale of 2 Weathers. Dressage in the rain, only something that seasoned riders can appreciate. For obvious reasons the first image is called “Come in number 1, your time is up”.
Talk about Mad Dogs and Englishmen, there should be a saying about Lady Riders and their tenacity. Of course it was young and old, male and female that braved the elements.
Whilst we enjoy Dressage Photography we much prefer it in more pleasant weather. Congratulations to all that braved the elements.
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