Re: Horse jumping shooting - help needed
Thanks Lynn, Paul for your response.
I've just completed loading all the stuff intended to be exhibited, near 200 images.
I thought it may be worthwile to build some kind of advise list based on my experience shooting this tournament for next sessions of this kind to avoid the mistakes.
Meanwhile I thought as follows:
1. Always try to keep sunlight (or other main light source if applicable) behind me to avoid heavy shading on dark-tone horses and to emphase horse muscule texture during jump.
2. Once shooting black hourses under sunlight, some half stop + exp. compensation would be necessary to keep black horse skin tone from blocking by automatic exposure slightly fooled by overall brightness.
May result is some overexposure of highlights, but then the main subject is horse and his rider.
3. Do not shoot jump straight-on, always try to keep at least slight angle to teh jump direction. Straight-on jumps seldom look favorable for the horse.
4. Try to keep tighter compositions in most cases to fill the frame with horse and rider, including using vertical compositions. Besides, a EF x1.4 multiplier may be desirable to complete with 70-200 range to have better coverage on full frame. I think I'll move the multiplier purchase to the head priority in my "wish list"... :-)
I think keeping these rules may also improve my hit rate and reduce wasted film bulk to the potentialy unsuccessful shoots.
Would be glad to hear your opinions, guys.
Also, I paid a little thought how to try some sales to spin off from this session (and possible some future cooperation):
I will choose one (or two) best images to be printed out having my name, site and phone number watermaked at the edges and will award them (not sure framed or not) to the organizer of this event (a farm owner). Besides will probably choose about 20 best images, to be printed out for my hard copy portfolio to have it with me when I intend to visit people/locations that may be potentially interested in this kind of work.