There is also the logistics issue of getting my 6-foot ladder to the location. What the heck, some of you are saying, does he need a 6-foot ladder for? Well, one of my basic rules of portraiture is proper camera elevation for my subjects--for example:
1) Children--be at THEIR level. So I'm often on my knees or lower!
2) Adults--camera at THEIR eye level.
3) Heavy adults--camera two or three feet above them to hide double chins and reduce body mass.
BASIC RULE: Don't have the camera below their chin--e.g. shooting up your subject's nose is a NO-NO!
So, to apply this rule to people mounted on their horse I have always used a ladder for the best results. Even when I did horses on the beach I brought my 3-foot ladder and placed it on a board--to keep the ladder from sinking into the sand! It worked great. The photo below was my first PPA Loan collection Winner, in international competition, back in 1996.
In Part 2 of Natural Light Equestrian Portraits I'll show a portrait session of two gals with their horses at a great location that required some travel, but was well work it.
Till next week…Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Author: Jerry W. Venz, PPA Certified Master Photographer
Training site: http://www.LightAtTheEdge.com