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Equine Photography Tips from the Pros

Want to capture great equine images? We went straight to the source--some of the top professional horse photographers--and asked for their advice.

May 2012 Extra

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Mastering the basics of good photography will help you create appealing sales photos, keepsake portraits of your friends and their horses, or beautiful works of art to decorate your home. Every year, we ask our Horse Illustrated photo contest judges to offer some of their tips for great equine photography. Visit the links below to find out what the pros have to say about capturing great horse images.

  Dusty Perin
Dusty Perin began her photography career as a wildlife photographer in 1989. In the mid-90s, she switched to horses and began her long association with HI as a regular freelance contributor. Perin lives on a small farm in southern Maine that she shares with her four Arabian horses. Her horses have served as equine models for over 20 years, gracing the pages of many books, magazines, calendars and puzzles.
  John Hockensmith
"There is no written matter that can substitute for experience. Get a camera and get busy. The empirical knowledge you gain from trial and error will supersede and validate all reading and theory."
  Shawn Hamilton
After judging the 2010 Horses and Friends photo contest in Horse Illustrated, professional equine photographer Shawn Hamilton shared with us some of her best tips to taking great photos of horses, and we wanted to share them with you!
  Christina Handley
Christina Handley has had an eye for photography from a young age, when she picked it up as a hobby from her parents. She eventually combined her passion for taking photos with her love of horses and developed it into a lifelong career. Her work has been published in magazines--including Horse Illustrated--catalogs, calendars and product advertisements.

  Bob Langrish
After judging the Horse Illustrated 2008 photo contest, "A Horse for All Seasons," professional photographer Bob Langrish provided some insider tips to help you capture the sharpest pictures of your horses.
  Sharon Fibelkorn
Professional equine photographer and judge of the 2007 Horse Illustrated photo contest offers photo contest advice.


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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

5/12/2013 11:57:49 PM

Looks like some great tips.

adfg    agv, AL

4/18/2012 5:26:10 AM


Emma    Winter Park, FL

4/7/2012 1:28:57 PM

Good Artical

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