I’m very excited to announce the launch of a new eBook, “The Quick Start Guide to Equestrian Photography.” I partnered with Nicole Begley of the Hair of the Dog Blog to bring you this guide for people who are just getting started with equestrian photography and would like to get up and running quickly, as well as those who want to learn more my approach to equestrian portrait sessions.
“The Quick Start Guide to Equestrian Photography” is full of lots of great information including…
- Understanding horse behavior
- Working safely around horses
- Tools of the trade and settings
- Preparing horse and rider for the session
- How and why to get the ears up
- Posing horse and rider
- Capturing connections
The guide is $97 and includes a PDF in 2 formats: single page layout which is perfect for printing, double-page spreads which work best for consuming on a large computer screen.
In addition, we have created a special StickyAlbum to download with the different posing options discussed in the guide. This is great for quick references at a shoot when you need more ideas on posing!
Finally, we also included Photoshop templates for my Session Preparation Guide and Pre-Session Questionnaire. Just add your logo and customize to your liking!
I have been interviewed on several podcasts and share about my photography and approach.
- Horses in Focus – In Person Sales with Shelley Paulson
- Freelance Remuda – Evolving with Shelley Paulson
- Pro Photographer Journey – How to Run a Sustainable Photography Business
- Equine Photographers Podcast – Focusing on Equine Portraits
- Horse Cure – Shelley Paulson Photography
Frequently Asked Questions
What camera gear do you use?
A lot of people ask this question, but before I list my gear, I want to share with you this thought: good photos have a great deal more to do with who is behind the gear than the gear itself. The gear is a means to an end and while I do believe in using the best possible equipment, spending a lot of money does not mean you will take great photos just like having expensive cookware doesn’t mean you will cook a tasty meal. It takes years of practice, learning, and even blood, sweat and tears to become a great photographer.
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Do You Shoot in Manual Mode?
Most of the time I shoot in Manual because it puts me in control of my exposure. When shooting horses in motion, I do sometimes switch to Av (aperture value) because the light is often changing more quickly than I can adjust my camera. Changing to shooting in manual is one of the biggest things I ever did to improve my photography.
What is your workflow?
I sort the keepers from the tossers in Photo Mechanic, then color/density correct, crop, and convert from RAW to JPEG in Lightroom. Tweak in Photoshop if necessary. I use a few Photoshop actions, but I mostly use actions and Lightroom presets I developed to fit my style of shooting and processing. I am not big on Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets or heavy image processing. I prefer to let the photograph itself take center stage.
Who are some of your favorite vendors?
Are you available to speak at my club or event?
As my schedule allows, I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with groups of photographers in a conference or seminar setting. I have spoken at large events like WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International), mid-sized conferences like the American Horse Publications annual conference and to college photography programs and local photography clubs.
Do you offer workshops or mentoring?
Due to a full schedule, I am currently not taking any new mentoring students and have no plans to lead workshops in 2019.