As a prelude to my June 2015 Provence workshop (my second trip to Provence), I thought I'd share some tips for photographing running horses.
But first: Planning on a Provence workshop - any workshop? My advice: Only go with a pro who has been there. Also, compare costs. As you will find, my workshop is the best-priced workshop around.
OK! Here are my tips!
1 - When photographing groups of horses, try to get as much separation as possible between the horses.
2 - Set you camera to the fastest frame rate to capture the action. A split second can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot.
3 - If a horse is running across the frame, leave some room in front of the horse into which the horse can run. If you frame too tight, the horse will "get stuck" in the frame.
4 - Use the focus-tracking AF system in your camera - AI servo in Canon cameras. Make sure the focus point stays on your subject.
5 - When framing your picture, leave some extra space around the subject so you don't cut off part of the tail, ear or hoof.
6 - Try panning, as illustrated above. You need to get lucky or take lots of shots to get a good pan. Try different shutter speeds, from 1/60th to 1/ 15th of a sec.
7 - Note the position of the horse's legs in your photograph. You want the legs in a position that says "action."
Landscape photography is also a part of my Provence workshop. My favorite lens for landscape photography is the Canon 17-40mm lens.
I hope to see you on my Provence workshop.
My co-workshop leader, Patrice Aguilar (above right), and I will help you make great pictures - in the field and in the digital darkroom. We'll also take you to the best paella dinner you have ever had!
Finally, on the workshop you will hear me say, probably more than once: If you are not having fun, you are doing something wrong. We make it fun!
Explore the light,
P.S. Yes, we'll do street shooting, too!