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member since: 5/19/2004

Shooting Photos of Moving Horses

I was just needing some information on taking pictures of horses while they are moving. I've been taking people pictures for years now, but not animals, which is quite different. I went to practice taking some pics of horses while they were walking slowly, and all those pictures came out blurry, and I'm not sure why. I had my camera set on the action mode and I don't really have too much time to practice, so does anyone have any advice for me ... please?? Thanks so much.

5/19/2004 1:00:47 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  Everything blurry or just the feet and head? If the light and your film just won't combine for a fast enough shutter speed, then action mode doesn't do any more for you.
Practice panning with a moving object, so that you will get better at getting a picture of something at various shutter speeds. Next time, just use a faster shutter speed than what you used before - by aperture or by using a faster film.
You can practice panning by taking pictures of cars going down the street at different shutter speeds: 125th, 1/60th, even some as low as 1/15th.

5/19/2004 4:52:11 PM

Kathryn Jeremiah

member since: 1/19/2004
  Hi. I am an intermediate amateur and wonder if camera shake is a problem. What is your film, and what is your shutter speed and aperture? I love horses myself.

5/20/2004 8:07:00 AM


member since: 5/19/2004
  Thanks for your help. I was using 200 speed film, but I was using the action mode, so I didn't set the aperture or shutter speed.

5/22/2004 10:42:58 AM

Kathryn Jeremiah

member since: 1/19/2004
  Hi Try a faster film, and then if that isn't sufficient work on your aperture and shutter speeds being different out of the action mode.

5/23/2004 9:32:07 PM


member since: 12/5/2003
  Hello. If you're using a long-range zoom lens then I would recommend 400 speed film, opening the aperature all the way (probably f/5.6) and focusing on the eyes of the horse. If you're close enough, and can get away with using a smaller lens, then you could probably do 100 speed film with the shutter open all the way. Hope this helps. Jordan

5/28/2004 1:58:10 PM


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