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3 Things to know about Black Background Equine Portraits

I've had a few inquiries recently about the set-up required for the black background equine portraiture that I create, so I thought I would write a post to describe the various options and process involved with each. There are three ways that these black backgrounds are made: completely in photoshop, with artificial light or with a combination of natural light, studio lights and environment. 1. Completely in Photoshop This is the option most event photographers will use for a...

Why I chose the 5D Mark IV for Equine Photography

Some photographers get all bent out of shape about which is better, Nikon or Canon, I’ve had both, they are excellent brands but for me personally, the Canon line feels better in my hand and I find it more intuitive to use than Nikon.  I also now have a decent investment in Canon glass that I am very happy with, especially my workhorse 70-200mm 2.8L which is the original non-IS version that has never let me down in nearly ten years...

The Wind Of Heaven

Equine Photography – Examples of Artistic Edits

There are a variety of different artistic edits that I can do with the horse photographs I capture at events or private sessions.  More complex artistic endeavours require a considerable amount of digital painting to create the final image that I see in my mind, but I also do standard Photoshop editing such as black and white conversions, background replacement and removal of distracting background items or halters, leads and bridles. I thought I’d share the before and after examples...

Dark Horse – Equine Fine Art Painting

I’ve always loved working with dark coloured and black backgrounds to create dramatic lighting in a painting. Colour Pencils and pastels are two traditional mediums that this technique works extremely well with, and I am pleased to find that it is the same for paintings created with digital pastels. It takes an awful lot of self control for me to stop adding more and more detail to a painting (traditional or digital), but I am loving exploring painting more...

Dramatic Studio Lighting | Horse and dog photography

I have always been a natural light photographer, I've never liked formal studio photography for people and only ever used artificial lighting for 'fill flash' to lift the shadows when natural light was not enough to provide a professional result. My involvement as official photographer for the Lexus Melbourne Cup's Tour of  Boyup Brook in 2018 saw me updating my the studio equipment, softboxes and backdrops and I found myself really enjoying some high and low key (black or...

Horse and Dog photography model database application

Horse and Dog Photography Model Database

While I am technically still on holidays (the first since 2007 that I have officially booked into my calendar in advance), I have had the chance to finalise one of the major projects that I have been working on for a very long time. One of the services I offer is commercial photography for equine, rural and agri business such as horse, cattle and sheep studs and livestock fodder companies.  I am working with more equine related businesses each...

Equestrian Event Photography Website Update

All equestrian event photos since 2015 (with a list of archived events from 2007-2015) are available again at https://www.equine-photography.com.au/ I've had a number of computer and website challenges for the past few weeks so to resolve the event photo website as quickly as possible at this busy time of year, I have renewed with zenfolio.  This means all your saved favourites and previous order details are still accessible if you have created an account on the website. IMPORTANT CHANGES I've made...

Session Information and Pricing

How it Works I know you lead a busy life and have limited spare time, so I offer expert guidance and a simple 4 step process that is quick, convenient and stress free so you end up with exactly what you want in a custom art collection that you will enjoy in your home forever....