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Problem picture #10

Same horse, different techniques. What a difference.


These pictures are of the same horse, taken on the same day. Notice the difference that a little effort can make.
These pictures are of the same horse, taken on the same day. Notice the difference that a little effort can make.

The image on the left above is characteristic of many images that are taken in snapshot fashion with little thought to how the composition could be improved. The photographer saw the horse, raised the camera and simply took a picture. The picture on the right shows what can result from a few minutes of extra effort. The horse was moved to a location that had a plain background and no foreground obstructions. A handler helped in posing the animal. A medium telephoto lens was used by the photographer. What a difference.

Compare these examples with your own problem pictures, whether they are of horses, people or any subject. Ask yourself, would they be improved if you had changed the background, for instance, or selected a better camera angle.

By following the tips and techniques on this site, you can change your problem pictures into keeper pictures that you will always be proud to display.

SPECIAL NOTE

Not everyone agrees with us all the time. One viewer, Jeremy, wrote us about this article, saying "Photography is art & art is a matter of opinion (as you all know very well)..." "It is my opinion that the photo on the right is the most god awful posed photograph that can be taken - unless you are trying to sell or show the animal. Maybe because there is no depth to the photo? I much prefer the shot on the left, as it is so natural. I will admit that maybe the fencing is not the most desirable foreground, but the "concept" of the photo is much more relaxed. Yes, it does still need work though."

We welcome, indeed we encourage, dissenting opinion and differing viewpoints regarding photography. Jeremy's points are well-taken, and clearly demonstrate that we all see things in different ways, and what is right for one of us may be wrong for another. He is quite correct in pointing out that the main purpose of a photograph like the one on the right would be to formally show the animal, as opposed to capturing its personality or character, which would require a different kind of photograph.


 
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