horses on the beach

Florida Photo Caravan 3rd Shoot: Horse & Rider

© Rick Sammon
We're just back from the 3rd shoot of my Florida Photo Caravan: Horse & Rider on the beach.

Once again, we had great light - and a great horse and rider. And of course a great group. Who could ask for more?

– Experiment with slow and fast shutter speeds to blur and freeze the action, respectively.
– Shoot on rapid frame advance so you get a shot with the horse with all the hooves off the ground.
– Don't have the horizon line running through the rider's neck.
– Leave some room in the frame into which the horse can "run."

I enhanced this picture with the Pastel filter in Nik's Color Efex Pro. Then I used the Smooth and Flat filter in Topaz Adjust.

To read about the creative plug-ins I use, and to save a few bucks on plug-ins, click here.

Shoot me an email for info about my 2013 Florida Photo Caravan and other workshops.

By the way, when we arrived at the beach, we were totally socked in by fog! No worries. We made pictures until it got a bit brighter. Patience pays . . . .

Explore the light,

P.S. Here's an iPhoine "Behind the scenes by Susan" shot. Read about her cool iPhone lenses here.

Tips for Photographing Running Horses

Photograph © Rick Sammon
I felt like horsing around today.... so here are some tips on how to photograph running horses.

Try to get a shot with all the hooves off the ground. Set your camera on the fastest frame rate and fire away. Set your shutter speed to at least 1/1000th of a second to freeze the action. And . . . watch the background!

Plan your shot in advance. Work with the rider. This is key.

I took the opening image for this post at the California Photo Festival. We'll be photographing horses running on the beach in 2012, too. Join the fun!

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Set your camera on the focus tracking mode  - which tracks the focus right up until you press the shutter release button.

Photograph © Rick Sammon
When photographing several horses, try to have some separation between the horses.

Photograph © Rick Sammon
Shoot with a zoom lens for maximum composition flexibility. My two favorite lenses:
- Canon 100-400mm IS
- Canon 70-200mm IS

Speaking of composition, my latest Kelby Training class is on composition.

Photograph © Rick Sammon
Use plug-ins to add an artistic touch to your images. Here I used the Duplex filter in Nik Color Efex Pro. To see all the plug-ins that I use, click here.

Photograph © Rick Sammon
Location, location, location. Light, light, light. 'Nuf said :-)

Explore the light,

P.S. All these photographs were taken on my workshops. Join the photo fun. Yes, we horse around, but we also take our work very seriously.