Horse Photography for the Novice

Several weeks ago, I attended the Moqui Meadows Horse Trials to take some simple web photos for Vicki Baker Eventing. She has incredible professional photographs, but the size and orientation of those photos often makes them impossible to use for the web. My goal as her social web consultant is to take some quality photographs of her horse in motion with plenty of background space so that I can crop and resize to fit her website. (What can I say…. I like a challenge!)

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3 Things to Remember:

  1. Be prepared for extreme lighting conditions in indoor arenas. I didn’t prepare for blazing light coming through doors and skylights into an otherwise dim barn.
  2. Take tons and tons of photos… you are dealing with a person in motion and a horse in motion. I found that when the horse looked great, the rider was squinting, and vice versa.
  3. Practice under similar conditions before the real deal. Find a local riding school and ask if you can take photographs during practice.


Although I’m not a professional photographer, the digital tools at my disposal allow me to get some pretty great shots to feature in your social web presence.  If you need someone to gather up all the fragments of your digital life and build a cohesive web presence, please contact me. I’d love to talk with you. And for my education friends, this is a prime example of how the learning never ends!