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Showjumper91
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Apr 16, 2012 01:08 |  #1

I have just been to my first horse event with my new camera. I just wanted to see if my pictures are any good and also how I can improve them. I would love to have really crisp images of the horse and rider but I can't really get the focus how I want it to be. Any suggestions?

If there are any horsey photographers out there I would love to hear from you in regards to how you focus for the shot (eg. do you follow the horse? or focus on the jump? etc)

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Apr 16, 2012 01:28 |  #2

Hi ShowJumper,
Welcome to POTN.

We'll need to know...what kind of camera do you have (some have autofocus tracking that can be adjusted in different ways)?

Rules of thumb...
Get faces as much as possible. (This can be really hard with the hats on...you can see how one rider's eyes are completely covered and the other's are heavily shaded.)
Shoot from the front (you are 100% with your pair of photos here).
Skip the flash.

Make sure you check out your horse magazines to learn the money shots. You need to learn where the legs should be for the best photo. Then you have to learn the timing to capture that positioning.

I'm not a jumper photographer yet, but I have been asked by a local stable to shoot some of their competitions this year.


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Apr 16, 2012 03:26 |  #3

Hi, thanks for the reply. I have a Canon 7D camera. I use single point auto focus on it. Maybe I should use all focus points to make the images sharper?




  
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Apr 16, 2012 06:00 |  #4

Have you checked out the "Show me your horses" thread in the "Pets" section? There are some amazing photographers in there that are professionals. Might be a great place to ask for advice. Looks like you are off to a good start.


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Jun 16, 2012 13:08 |  #5

what lens did you use
what settings
where did you meter and where did you focus

- I just played with some shots today at an event for some fun

hopefully exif is in the shot -

my first time photographing horse jumping

I used manual exposure a lot on the afternoon - metering off the grass - i think changed to auto ISO


This was setting up manual on the grass and letting auto ISO
1/1000 F5.6 iso400 120mm

This was just setting manual on everything based on the grass
1/640 F5.6 iso200 120mm

also used Back Button Focus and setup on the jump first and then on same used that asfocus - others tried to focus on the house eye- but that was almost impossible for me to do

I took quite a few shots and have about 22 I have played with and seem OK
my problem is the because of the fast shutter speed on most images the house still has back images on the ground and just looks like horse is rearing up rather than jumping

good fun anyway
and heres my 2 shots

I also had permission of the photographers and organisers to take a few shots - hopefully I can go back and have another go


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Jun 16, 2012 20:41 |  #6

Very nice action captures. My advice is turn off autofocus and use manual focus. Pre-focus on the rails and use an aperture of f8 to f11.


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Jun 16, 2012 21:25 |  #7

I played with it I think this is processing also..... focus on the top rail and start shooting just before it jumps in continuous shot mode....it think you didn't sharpen enough,could use some gamma correction and a little contrast

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