Horses and techniques

posted on 6th of february, 2011

By way of introduction, I'm not keen on horses. They are lovely, beautiful, great animals, but I've had no chance in my life yet to keep myself close to them. In spite of this, you can see many photos about horses in my portfolio. No, I'm not a liar. :) Horses are easy to shoot (with camera, of course :)), they're calm and funny in same way, so really good models for an amateur, too.
Second stage, I'm not a Photoshop guru. I don't like hard modification in an image - but now I realized that good, small things can help you. I never use layers (don't laugh loud! :)) – once I tried it and I did not like. I’d like to share you some simple tools to get better photos without that “duplicate layers” function.

In first photo, I simply use Distort/Lens Correction/Remove Distortion to flex the scene: black horse get into the middle and closer to you and photo became more dynamic than before. You can see original scene on next shot.

In second photo, sun was not there originally. The middle of shot was darker and clouds burnt out there because of noon lights. A little Lens flare effect (on 35 mm) could help me to remove those problems from my photo. It’s not a big deal, but counts a lot.

In there, background was too sharp, horses simply disappeared in photo. I should might use Blur tool simply, but I decided for Magic Wand tool – I simply select the background and hit Blur option a few times…

There I must used high ISO because of low light – but window in background burnt out anyway. So I use 15% sepia filter to undetect blurred window. In the meantime, I create three images from original with simply +/- exposures and create a fake-HDR from them in my free program Photomatix Basic. I bet you can’t tell that!

Have you got some more tips for a layer-hater?

Comments (24)

Posted by Peregrine on March 05, 2011
Great article and very nice photo! Thank you !!!
Posted by Aginger on March 03, 2011
Hey, please be aware of advertising...
Posted by lzf on February 28, 2011
nice pics,thanks for share
Posted by Aginger on February 28, 2011
:) Thank you
Posted by Joezachs on February 28, 2011
Some good and useful hints here.
Posted by Wordplanet on February 24, 2011
That first manipulation was very interesting. I've only used that tool with architectural images a few times in the past.
Posted by Aginger on February 14, 2011
Thank you, good to hear that! :)
Posted by Ponytail1414 on February 13, 2011
Thank you! You get a 'useful' from me. Good shots.
Posted by Eclecticelegance on February 12, 2011
Neat tips! Thank you! :)
Posted by Kittycat on February 10, 2011
I love horses. Don't own one. I love to photo them. Thank you for the advise. I am no Photoshop guru either. Beautiful images.
Posted by smartview27 on February 09, 2011
great tips!
Posted by Aginger on February 09, 2011
Yes, Shadow/Highlight is good, but with limited usage. hahh, for panos I never used Distortion...I even not thinking about that however it's logic...
Posted by Digitalg on February 09, 2011
Photomatix basic free! hummm, nice tip :)
When I have no other way I use shadow/highlight of PS, but I must be really carefull or it degrades too much the image.
In general I avoid using tools that distort pixel geometry, except in panos where it can't be avoided. But I should try some of your tips when I have the chance.
Thanks :)
Posted by Maigi on February 08, 2011
I love horses. It was interesting to see how you corrected the first image. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Thanatonautii on February 07, 2011
Great animals this horses. Sometimes they look smarter than many people I know :P
Great photos! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by FabioConcetta on February 07, 2011
Very beauty images,congratulations!
Posted by Mythja on February 07, 2011
beautiful horses. i used to love riding when i was a child.
Posted by Aginger on February 07, 2011
Posted by Scottysally2 on February 07, 2011
Beautiful images, good luck with sales. :)
Posted by Egomezta on February 06, 2011
Amazing images, congratulations and good luck with them.
Posted by Mariaam on February 06, 2011
Very beautiful photos of horses! :)
Posted by Tan510jomast on February 06, 2011
i love horses, although i never owned one. maybe one day i will buy me a horse with my earnings with DT ;)
Posted by Gennaro86 on February 06, 2011
Good Shot!
Posted by Mani33 on February 06, 2011
Well done shots! And I love horses, I won't dare to say the opposite or my daughter would hate me! :)))

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I've started photographing a few years ago with a compact cam. In 2008 november I decided to buy a DSLR cam, and I chose a Pentax k10d. Now I'm upgraded into a Pentax K-3 for more details. I rarely use hard Photoshop effects, I'd better see the real world in my photos. My main interests are travelling and towns - and nature, of course. I think I'm good at nightscenes - however, I don't like to take photos about people, so my pics sometimes seems a little static - mainly for Stock photographing, but I don't give up. :) Lots of my photos are based on R... [Read more]

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