As we promised, here is a little more information on taking photos around the barn. In the example below, we wanted to balance the light that was being provided by the large open ended arena, which is coming in from camera left, with a bit of flash to proper illuminate Dusty (isn’t he a good looking boy). If we hadn’t given him a little flash, the right side of his face would have been completely lost in shadow. If you look at his right eye (on the left), you will notice the catchlight which is a reflection of the large open door at the end of the isle (about 30’ away). You might also notice that you don’t see a catchlight from the on camera flash because we balanced the available light with the flash. One other thing to note about this photo of Dusty is the beautiful rim light that shows up on the edges of his ears. The distance between Dusty and the camera is about 10’.
Here is the EXIF data for this photo:
When taking photos around your barn, take some time and look for places where you can get some nice natural light and if needed, don’t be afraid to pop that flash out and give your photos some extra pop. Before ending this blog entry, take a look below at the photos we posted on June 17th. The photo of the girl with the horse that has the bridle was shot with natural light (same light, same door that provided the light for Dusty) and NO flash. That photo was just taken from the opposite direction (looking into the barn).
We hope you find this info useful… and be sure to share your photos in the Photo Contest.
Thanks for stopping by,
The NickerTown Staff