What makes a good conformation photo?
A very important photo, appears so simple and yet not always easy to do....Why? What is good? What do you like to see? What do you not want to see? Each discipline has its differences. Where are the limitations on acceptability in each? Let's break it down to what do you consider the professional standard.
If you are hunter world, what do you want to see? What is great? What is almost? What is just bad? I think we all know the answer to that one, but what is it that makes it very special, the best???? What is the secret to a great conformation pic?
If you are a dressage breeder, what do you want to see? and all the rest of the questions above? If you are of other specific breeds? What do you expect of a good conformation photo?
Marketing and the conformation photo are very important. How do you define differences in the type of photo needed for your discipline?
Samples would be good. Be open to criticism for those who feel an interest to comment. Please be constructive. Comment on photo angle prefered, background preferred, lighting preferred and more.
Rarely are horses perfect, rarely are photos perfect, but all things taken to the highest possible standard, what and where would you like to see it taken?
Stallion photos? Mare photos? General Sale shots. Are there differences in what you want in each? Stallion expression? How important is that to you? How do you go about getting that out of a "more laid back" type stallion? Or better yet, the rogue who won't stand still? Or propeller ears as I call them... one forward then back.. other forward then back ... and so on...What insights do you have to share? Let's lay it all out here. We want all the latest and most effective tricks of the trade.
Please explain your thoughts so all can understand clearly. Let's all benefit from this professional and amateur alike. Don't be intimidated. Don't be afraid to speak out. We all have the ability to learn more and we have all been at different levels of learning. Don't be shy if you have something you wish to say, or if you wish to have your photo critqued that may be another way of answering some of the above questions. Let's try to keep it constructive for all.