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.