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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The National Modern Biathlon Championships were held at Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden Sports Centre and we were delighted to have been invited along as the official photographers for this prestigious event.
Over the course of two days hundreds of competitors took to the pool and to the track and there were some excellent performances.
All of the photos are now online and can be viewed by clicking the button below.
As a thank you to those that bought photos from us at the event, we’ve added a complimentary copy to our facebook page for you to tag and share.
We were delighted to have been invited to run the two meet and greet photographic studios at this year’s Coventry ComicCon. What a spectacular success it was too!
The event brought together the stars of the screen, both large and small, and allowed fans to meet their idols.
All of the photos that were taken in the studios are available – for free – by clicking the button below. They were supposed to be sorted by your individual folder number but, unfortunately, due to a family medical issue I don’t have time to sort them. I just wanted to make them available as soon as possible.
We have also uploaded a copy of all of the printed photos to our Facebook page to make it easier to tag and share!
I have seen some people claim that “there’s no such thing as free” when it comes to the photos at Cons – they claim that the price has been built in somehow or other.
I can assure you that this is not the case here, we’ve absorbed the cost ourselves as a way of thanking you all and helping, hopefully, to make the day even more special.
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The hottest August Bank Holiday on record saw over 200 competitors take part in the Fernie Pony Club showjumping and dressage day and we were delighted to have been invited along to photograph all of the action.
Congratulations to all who took part during the 12 hour marathon in the sweltering heat!
All of the photographs from the day are now online and can be viewed by clicking the button below. As a thank-you to those that bought prints from us on the day, we’ve added a complimentary copy to our Facebook page for you to tag and share.
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