Linda Top Photography Tips
2010 Photo Contest Awards!
Nez Perce County Fair
2009 ABC Photo Contest Awards!
WOW....WOW......WOW !!!! The judges and viewers BOTH picked "First Love" the number one photo!!! Special thanks to Darryl and Packer for helping make this moment a timeless treasure.
1st place - foals- C-C High Sox Tyler
Viewers choice photos
1st place- action- HeartBreaker
1st place- head shot- C-C Hells Canyon Packer
Linda's Photographs - Featured in National & Overseas Magazines
Online Featured Photo Albums
This photo was awarded "Photo of the Month" with Rocky Mountain Rider Magazine!
What makes a great photo?" from National Geographic
1. Does the photo stop time?
All these photos were taken with a Cannon EOS Rebel ( 300D ) if possible I will include info about the conditions when the photo was taken.
*** Linda's 2009 Photo Competitions***
2009 Lewiston Tribune Snapshoot contest
2009 Curly Sporthorse International Equine Photo contest
BEST OF SHOW & 1st place (Mares & Foals)
Linda received an Honorable Mention out of hundreds of photos submitted worldwide!
*** Linda's 2008 Photo Competitions***
I entered 5 photography contests in 2008
Equine Photographers Network contest
Running Free, 6th place
Emmy and the boys, Honorable mention.
Curly SportHorse International contest(I just listed my 1st through 3rd placing here. Check out more of my photos at www.curlysporthorse.org/CSIPhotoContest.htm)
Brother and Sister, 1st place
Curly Stallion, 1st place
Best Friends, 2nd place
Emmy and the boys, 2nd place
American Bashkir Curly Registry contest
Still waiting on results, this info to be updated soon!
Nez Perce County Fair
Moon over Hells Canyon, 1st place - Sweepstakes Winner
Princess itch, 2nd place
Running Free, 2nd place
Lewiston Tribune Newspaper Pet Photo contest
Most unusual pet picture..... Sage and Marissa, 1st place
Linda's Top Ten Photography Tips
In my interest and my promotion of the Bashkir Curly horse, our hypoallergenic curly sport horses, and our Curly Deluxe Trail horses, I recognized there was a REAL need to stunning photography. So, new camera in hand, I set my goal on producing stunning photography of these horses that would do them justice. From my hypoallergenic curly sport horses, to our Curly Deluxe Trail horses, I set my sites high, and have produced many award winning pictures...I compete in several annual photo contest, some images of horses, other contests, just general photography.
The following slide shows are of photos I have taken over the years of my horses. The first is "Award Photos" which is my collection of photos won by entering contests that accepted both digital and 35mm photos. The second slide show is of my personal favorites. I hope you enjoy them too! As you will see, most of my photos are of my beloved horses, the Bashkir Curly horse. In addition all of the photos on this website, be it my hypoallergenic curly sport horse, or our Curly Deluxe Trail horse, foals or general pictures have been taken by me.
Read my article on Top tips, and you can be a great photographer too!
Over the last year I have made an intense effort to advance my photography skills. Through online classes ( a great way to work at your own speed ) to regular old book learning, and reviewing articles on the web. I wanted to take this opportunity to update my top 10 tips, with some new info and photo examples to enjoy.
1). KNOW your intent....do you want conformation shots? candid shots? action shots? when you head out with your camera, think about your goal here, it will make a big difference. We frequently shoot action first, then when the horse is settled down a bit, do the conformation shots. Often getting your horse to stand quietly for conformation shots, can be tough, if he has lots of energy to burn. For SALE photos a movement shot, a head shot and a conformation shot are the basics....Young horses can be shown in hand , at liberty or with humans....riding horses already started under saddle should be ALWAYS shown under saddle, in one or more pics. IF your horse has a purpose ( other than the common curly, who is shown eating ) SHOW IT OFF !!! Taking the time to do a few candid shots of your own horse can be VERY rewarding...pick late winter to best photograph curls, summer to get a sleek/crushed velvet look.
2). KNOW your target audience.....are you a breeder or wanting to sell a horse, or just wanting nice photos of your horse to show off to friends? Difference disciplines require different shots...ie...stock horses should be standing square for conformation shots, sport horses should be standing with all four legs seen. KNOW what your audience and what they consider"normal" for that disipline, otherwise your photo will not get any attention. Here is an example of a shot of a dressage horse...everything in this photo says "dressage."
3). MAKE a plan....what kind of shots are we doing today? is there proper lighting? too much sun? cloudy days are best, early morning ( and I mean early ----5 am in the summer ) light is VERY good, and so is evening light. Professionals often start outside shots right as dawn is breaking. If you shoot in the afternoon, and there is very bright sun, put your horse in the shade, it also may trigger your flash, but that is OK. This trick really does work! ALSO, lots of books on photography composition out there, check your library if you don't want to buy. Surf the internet and see what pics you like, try and copy the composition of the shot.
5). CLEAN your horse/horse/nicely dress your human subjects....this makes a HUGE amount of impact for a good photo. Most photo shoots around here are about 2-3 hours...we CLEAN our horse, trim what is appropriate for our goal, and then go at it. Once you get your horse(s) clean and dry, dress your human in a color that matches, or at the least, does not distract....( use the basics folks use to match saddle blankets to their horse ). My high school gal helper usually calls me right before the shoot, to see what she should bring to wear.
6). WATCH your background.....nothing worse than getting that GREAT shot, with a horrible background. Look before you shoot, many times, you don't notice things until the shot is done. If possible MOVE stuff out of the way, also trim up the weeds, make things tidy, your shots will show it. Sometimes a messy background is good. Horse show crowds....things that should be in horse pics are OK, but most photos simply look best without a messy background. background.... Look for eye appealing contrast, a light colored horse photographs best on dark or green background, a dark horse, on green or light colored background. You can avoid a lot of distracting backgrounds if you MOVE your feet...something that is lurking when you stand in one spot, may be completely invisible if you take a step or two to one side or the other. As I look back over some of my older photos..I wonder WHY did I not see that and MOVE my feet..;-)
9). Wait. Patience pays off...esp with horses...wait for the ears...eventually they will come forward...wait for the right look. I waited a long time for Legacy to step into the right spot, when I was doing shots of my herd by the pond....along all time favorite shot! The position of her ears actually add to this, because her and her sire both are known for their loose ears..that oozes confidence in many situations.