Jumping photographs can be among the most difficult to master.
With the availability of digital cameras, there are an increasing number of amateur photographers out there but few who can really capture that moment with precision and clarity. Photography, like most art forms, develops the more one participates, experiments and has plenty of practice - take a lot of photos!
Take a look through a horse magazine and study images. Take a look at the classifieds - do some studies of photos - has the horse for sale been shown off to its full potential?
I've put these tips together to help you take great horse photos of your own.
Horses jumping are not always easy to photograph. There are a couple of options here. I have found the most effective method of capturing, being in focus and taking a great image is to set the camera on manual focus.
Here's an exercise to try: Focus on the jump (when photographing a horse jumping) and see what results you get from:
Capturing motion (action) is an area that seems to give many amateur photographers a lot of grief.
Say, for example, you want a photo of a horse jumping. I am often told that the shot was captured as the horse was about to take off or after it had landed hence the photo was of no use.
Timing is everything: with some digital cameras there is a small time lapse in the time between the shutter being pressed and the picture actually being taken.
The new digital SLR's do not have the 'lag' that the compact models have. But in saying that I have still taken some great jumping shots with my little Nikon compact camera. I like to carry this small camera with me - I find its small size convenient to carry in my bag. Remember, you never know when you might get 'the image' of a lifetime.
Another option is to use burst mode or 'continuous mode'. This means you can take several frames per second. Many compact cameras have this option. It will lessen the chance of missing motion.
Be sure to read your camera manual!
You need to be familiar with your camera. I find when I'm using a new camera I like to get out there and practice - it's always an exciting challenge and each camera handles differently. The great thing about digitals is that you can go home, download your images and see what you've achieved. If I see a problem I then read up and find out how I can improve my shot next time.
Tips for better action photos: