I was recently contacted to photograph a friend’s daughter with her horse. Not having worked with horses much, I asked some of our members for some advice, did some research and I thought I would share those tips with everyone. These tips are more focused on interacting and communicating with the horse as well as getting the best results from the horse and its rider. I can honestly say, these tips work and they added to a wonderful first time experience working with equine.
1. Setting the Stage
Get there early while the horse is being groomed. Let the horse get comfortable with your presence and have your camera around your neck. Take a few pictures of the horse being groomed and let everyone (horse and rider included) do their routine in a relaxed manner. Make sure when the horse is being prepped that a leather halter is chosen. Sometimes the nylon halters are quite colorful and bold. You want the brightest part of the portrait to be your subjects, not what they are wearing.
In order to get the horse’s attention, you’ll need a few tricks. The first thing I did was download an app of horse sounds. As soon as I had my subjects in place, I had my assistant place the phone just above my lens and then hit the sound. The horse immediately recognized the sound perked its ears and eyes right towards my camera. It’s very important to get the horse’s ears standing up straight and pointed in your direction. This shows attention and interest. I found this great article on how to read the signals horses give you. Check it out HERE.
Like most animals, a horse’s attention is quite short. I noticed I could get a few great shots and then the horse needed to be diverted as it would get agitated staying in one position for too long. So the rider would take the horse on a short walk to get some energy out. The rider would circle the horse around and bring it back to the same position we had before so I could continue to get my images without having to adjust my camera settings.
4. Get it Right
Unlike a lot of other animals, you’ll need to be attentive to how you measure up to the horse. You should hold the camera at about the height of the chest of the horse. You’ll notice if you go too far down the legs look longer. If you go too far up the legs look shorter. Keep it in the right perspective.
At the end of the session, let everyone relax. Let the horse and rider interact naturally with no direction from the photographer. It may not be a perfect shot, but sometimes it speaks volumes more than the posed shots.
The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler. We are in the month of September and that means we are transitioning from summer to fall. Hopefully, at this point you have started printing your summer memories. If not, let’s get those images off your phones and computers. Here are a few quick and easy decoration ideas you can implement in your own home.
1. Maps and Pictures
One of my favorite projects I started this year is taking a picture of my children in the different states we visited. I found an old atlas, tore out the pages, laminated them and then went to Home Depot to have the wood (frames) cut. I picked a red/brown stain to match my home and I taped the picture to the map. Since it’s laminated, it won’t tear the map and I can always move it or add to it as the kids get older. Yes, the bigger plan here is to get the children in all 50 states and have a separate map for each state displayed.
2. DIY Frames
Children and adults constantly pick up tokens from trips including sand and seashells. Why not incorporate prints with those tokens? Simply find a square vase if you have it, if you don’t most thrift stores have these for a bargain. First, pour the sand in to anchor the image. Place the image into the sand. Then drop your shells around the picture. You have an instant contained shadow box.
3. Photo Book It
Part of the fun of summer is archiving those special family moments. If you went camping – why not dedicate a book solely to this excursion? AdoramaPix Member Rivka shows us how she documented her family camping trip with a photo book. She broke it down into days and times and included a lot of the little extra items that we sometimes forget are special when it comes to camping. The end result is a great souvenir from a place that does not sell souvenirs.
4. Burlap Twist
Looking to spice up your canvas? I made a quick 8×8 canvas and took some burlap and stretched it around a frame. It’s a 9×12 frame. I then put some tab hangers on the side panels of the canvas and a decorative hook at the top. I simply put some string on the tabs and hooked them to the hanger on the burlap. I love the 3-D look. Plus it’s easy to change out if I decide I want to change the decor.
5. Pin It
Want to display more than just one print? Easy – go to your nearest craft store and pick out a few clothes pins that are sturdy. You can decorate them however you like and your kids will love to get involved. From washi tape to glitter, your clothes pins can be as unique as your pictures. You’ll want to make sure the prints are in direct proportion to your image. Here I chose 4×4 instagram prints.
These are just a few simple and easy ways to display your summer prints. We hope this will inspire you to print your memories with us and make your house a home.
-Written by Libby for Adoramapix
-Images by Libby for Adoramapix
We are thrilled to welcome back Natascha Lee of Natascha Lee Studios to our webinar roster. Last year, Natascha Lee hosted one of our most successful webinars to date. The reviews on her Family Affair Webinar were outstanding so we asked her to join us again and she kindly agreed to share her knowledge and expertise with us.
As the air turns cooler and the days get shorter, it’s the perfect time to hit the streets for a photo walk. However, before you hit the streets, there are a few things to keep in mind to have a fun and successful walk. Here are our 5 tips to keep in mind when going on a photo walk.
1. It’s all about Comfort
It’s a photo walk which means you’ll be putting a lot of mileage on your kicks. So wear a comfortable pair of shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. You’ll also want to wear something with lots of pockets. Try to keep your hands free of stuff as much as possible except for your camera of course. Keep your camera load light and bring along a bottle of water and maybe a snack . Keeping hydrated is essential since most photo walks do not take breaks although you are free to leave at any point.
2. Challenge Yourself
The point of a photo walk is to challenge yourself. Yes, you may have macro, fixed and zoom lenses but bringing all that gear will only wear you down. Bring one body, lots of batteries and memory cards and try choosing just one lens. You’ll have no choice but to see things differently without relying on so many lenses. It’s a good practice for discipline. If you bring a fixed lens you’ll be forced to move your feet if you want to get closer to your subject.
Another great challenge, take 15 steps and take a photo right where you landed. Force yourself to find the best photographic opportunity. Then take another 15 steps and repeat. Try this a handful of times. You are challenging yourself to find the best angle/picture you can from where you stand.
3. Get Social
A lot of photographers work from home or in a studio. It can be a pretty isolated life. The whole point of a photo walk is to engage with each other and get inspired. It’s fun to ask other photographers about their gear and work flow. Most photographers are pretty open about their techniques on photo walks because it’s a much more laid back atmosphere. If you are a shy person, this can be daunting. Introduce yourself to the leader of the photo walk and then typically they’ll help you feel more comfortable. Bring your business cards and exchange social media handles with other photographers. It’s great to keep in touch via social media with the friends you just made at the walk. You already have a common interest, a love of photography.
(Photo Courtesy of +Tom Tran and +Trisha Montgomery)
4. Know Your Rights and Know Other’s Boundaries
Photo walks can take you on an adventure. Rules and rights differ from country to country but brushing up a bit on what’s legal and what is not is always a good idea. For example, in August of this year a memo went out to the New York Police Departments stating “Members of the public are legally allowed to record police interactions. Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment.”
The American Civil Liberties Union has put together this article to educate photographers on their rights. Click HERE.
On the flip side, if there are private property and no tresspassing signs, be respectful and stay away. There are plenty of other photo opportunities, you don’t need to break the law to get an image.
5. Get it Printed
There’s no point on going on a photo walk only to have those images sit on a card or on a hard drive to be forgotten. Prints last for generations. Make a collage of your favorites or pick only one that speaks to you. Print it 24×36 or make a 4×6. Whatever you prefer and space allows for, get it printed and display it with pride. By the way, we know a great place where you can get your images printed beautifully on paper, metal, canvas and acrylic. Don’t forget if you have a lot of images you want printed, you can always make a great AdoramaPix photo book.
-Written by Libby for Adoramapix
-Photos by Shutterstock for Editorial Purposes and +Tom Tran
Great news everyone! You can now convert your hardcover photo books into flush mount albums easily.
First, go to your photo books that you have created. Under the orange button “complete book” or if it’s been ordered already under the green button “reorder book”. You’ll find Convert into flush mount. Click on this link.
A pop up guide will then appear. It will prompt you to select a cover and paper. It will also ask if you would like rounded corners and gilding. Hit convert and your photo book has been converted into a flush mount album.
We also wanted to make sure you knew you can add metallic paper to your flush mount albums. This is currently not available for hardcover.