Foreword from Malcolm

Dartmoor Pony Foals at Play

I have produced this course with the hope it will encourage more people to get outside with their cameras and enjoy the beauty and pleasure that horse photography can bring. My aim is to demystify and simplify some of the photography terminologies for the beginner.

My photography workshops start with putting everyone on the same camera settings so that we can get straight outside capturing images, where I explain in detail the importance of maintaining a horse's conformation, and how to capture the gaits at their best.

There are numerous fantastic books on the technical aspects of all the camera settings, colour management and digital workflow. Along with even more on which brand of camera equipment and software to invest in, all of which I will not be going into any great detail, other than stating which works for me and why.

One of the biggest areas for developing your photography skills is to turn your camera on and get outside taking photographs. In my opinion, no amount of book reading can improve your photography more than experience, although the one book to have with you at all times no matter where you are is your camera manual. With the increase in functions and settings on cameras today you do not want to be stuck out in the field not being able to capture the shot because you don’t know what your camera is doing due to you accidentally changing a setting.

For the amateur photographer seriously thinking about going professional, one area of experience I feel every horse photographer should try, even if just the once is to invest some time and spend a day or two with your local event photographer.

There is nothing more challenging than spending the day out on a cross country course, having to capture a competitor every four minutes jumping the same fence while the light changes on an ongoing basis to help develop your eye and photography skills. The event photographer is a photographer that I truly respect for their dedication to the equestrian world, spending hours on end rain or shine capturing images of the competitors.

Above all photography should be fun and I have met some great clients who are now good friends so I hope your journey will bring you the same fulfilment and enjoyment while you develop your horse photography skills.

Anyone who has purchased this course will also have access to my private Facebook group where they are able to ask questions, share experiences and develop their horse photography skills with like-minded people. See the summary at the end of this course for how to join my private Facebook group.

Good luck with your horse photography journey and I look forward to you joining us on Facebook.

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