Horse Photography: Horse Portraits

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The extravagant mane of this Andalusian falls over his face

One of the most interesting aspects of photographing horses is that no two horses are exactly alike,  in personality, conformation and appearance. This makes things interesting and challenging when working to take a good image of a horse. If you are photographing a horse without a human, you want to capture the expression and beauty of the horse. When you are shooting a particular breed of horse, learning about what the breed standards  will help you.

The mane of this Andalusian stallion flies up as he runs

Some breeds of horses have features that are easy to emphasize, and capture a good image – for example, Andalusians, especially stallions, will usually have a long flowing mane.  One of the best ways to highlight the mane is either to get a photo of the horse as he is running, and the mane is flying up.

You can see the long neck of this Arabian as he turns his head

Arabians are prized for their long, elegant necks and dished faces, so emphasize those features.

In the side shot of this Friesian, his head looks proportional

Freisians have very large heads, and photographing them head on is not flattering, so when taking a portrait of a Friesian, I make sure that I use different angles so that his head looks noble, not huge.

From behind, the power of this Fresian is emphasized

Use your imagination when trying different angles.

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  1. I have been following the updates of the Cloud Foundation for quite a while now. Not really sure how I ran across your newsletter but glad I did. In the 70’s I worked as a wrangler/guide for Wilderness Pack Trips in WY and did see the Wild Horses there. Now I draw and paint the memories of the best years of my life. This country bumpkin was in horse heaven with 200 head of horses in my care. NO ONE abused my horses!!! Horses are my passion and to see the Wild Horses being threatened is, in my opinion, ludicrous and mostly due to the greed of a few who do not know good horse dung from apple butter. Your photography is outstanding and, yes, thay are tricky to photograph. I would like to have your calendar, but do absolutely nothing concerning money online. Do you by chance offer a cataloge? Thank you for your time. Em~Dohv

  2. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would
    never understand. It seemjs too complex and very broad for me.

    I’m looking forward for your next post, I ill try to get the
    hang of it!

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