Lack of Activity
Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the lack of activity on this account. I’m currently far too involved with my sixth form studies (which does suck) which means that I have less time to take and edit photos.
I generally refrain from taking photos in the winter, since the competition at my local stadium is moved indoors where I just don’t have the right equipment to shoot in such low light.
Hopefully soon it’ll be moved outdoors again, and with the start of eventing season approaching fast (looking at you, Badminton 2014!) I’ll be able to get out there in - hopefully - better weather and get some more versatile shots. The possibility of upgrading my camera at some point this year is there too, which is exciting indeed!
Thanks for sticking with me and for helping me past 600 followers in the new year, I couldn’t have asked for anything better!
Thank you so much for making the effort to message me even though you dont have an account sweetie! I’ll do my best ;) x
Oh thank you so much hun! <3 Merry Christmas x
Is there anything you would like to see more of?
I’m interested as to what my lovely followers think - what would you like to see more of from me? Whether it’s dressage, cross country, showjumping, close ups etc…
- The equipment doesn’t matter
Like I said, it doesn’t matter if you have the top of the range Nikon DSLR or even a small compact digital camera, you can still take photos that you’re proud of. There will always be opportunities to upgrade your equipment in the future, but make the best of what you have. If you’re taking photos at home and you don’t have a tripod, make a makeshift stand out of books and furniture. Most often that not it’s a frugal attitude that teaches you the most. important skills.
- Appreciate your subjects
I adore horses. Period. So to me, every opportunity and every photo I take just makes me glad to be in the vicinity of these magnificent creatures. During the winter months (around now) when I don’t go to the stadium because it’s too cold or the light is too poor for my camera, I get really sad. It’s not necessarily anything to do with the quality of your photographs, but I felt like I should put this in because it makes it a lot more enjoyable!
- Anticipate your subjects / Never turn your camera off
Horses are SO unpredictable. Whether you ride them yourself of take photos of them, you’ll know what I mean. Now when I say ‘never’ turn your camera off, of course I don’t mean ever. But when you’re out and about, always keep it on yourself (fully charged batteries are a must). When I’m out at the stadium, there are so many moments when things just happen. A horse throws a temper tantrum and gallops away in a flurry of bucks and rears; a rider falls off. A horse refuses a jump. It’s things like that that you would have missed if you hadn’t kept the viewfinder to your eye for the entire round.
- Get to know what equipment you have
Whatever equipment you do have, get to know it! Know it’s limitations and functions better than anyone else. Experiment. Get stuff wrong sometimes. Mess up a little on a photo that would have been better if you hadn’t focused on the wrong thing. It’s the mistakes that make you better. Get to know what your camera can and can’t do; where it excells and where it’s not so good. As I said, my photos are shocking in low light. That’s a limitation of my equipment, so I know when to take the full advantage of a dry, sunny day. However don’t let that put you off going out in the rain (protect your camera with a plastic bag!) and seeing what works and what doesn’t. Experimenting is the key.
- Love what you’re doing
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, or if you only have the camera on your phone. Goodness knows that’s how it started for me. But to become a great photographer, you really need to have a passion for what you’re doing, and a passion for what you’re photographing. It’s like anything; if your heart’s not in it, there’s really no point.
So yeah. That’s my opinion on how to take better photos. I’m sorry if you wanted the technical stuff, but in my opinion ‘better’ photos doesn’t necessarily mean sharper or better composed. You can learn that from any photography manual telling you how to do what and when and how. It’s the more intrinsic stuff that makes it the best hobby in the world <3
I do edit my photos :) I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a photographer that doesn’t in this age with digital cameras and photoshop.
Normally I just do a colour boost (curves/levels) & sharpen, but with a lot of them I change the selective colour and the curves and the levels to give it more colour (look back a little on my blog & you’ll see what I mean). I don’t do this to all of them, and mostly I do it to experiment!
Want to ask me anything about my photography? Go right ahead! My askbox is always open.
Thank you anon, you too! <3