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    Default Photographing black horses... Any tips?

    I see such lovely photos of black horses, but when I try to take my own, they are boring. Any tips are appreciated.



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    Why are your pictures boring?
    What camera do you have?
    How much experience do you have with photography?
    What kind of light do you usually shoot in?
    Do you shoot with manual or auto settings?

    Feel free to link pictures as well.



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    Shoot manual and bracket your f-stop. Also, try to have some red in the background.
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    Horses don't have volume in pictures, dark and black especially even less, they look flat, no shadows to highlight depth.

    So, you can get around that with choosing low angled light to make shadows pop up in them, but it still will just be so much you can do.

    Zoom lenses always help horse photography achieve a good impression of the mass they really are, try that.


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    Try to use a good camera and...

    consider an editing program -I just use iphoto for editing to bring out contrast, sharpness, shaddows, definition, etc and it works great.

    Also, make sure the sun is behind you and a polarizing filter can help.
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    Fill flash can be helpful in bringing out definition.
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    Try to shoot with the light behind you. Fill flash can help, especially if the sunlight is really strong, as the shadows tend to get very dark. Try to shoot against an uncluttered background, so the horse is the main point of interest.

    There are several pictures of black horses on the site in my signature line.



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