Learn to take great photos


Learn to take compelling photos of the eye of the horse! In this course you will learn how to take close up photos of horse's eyes that will capture all the depth and beauty that they have to offer. When the light is hitting a horse's eyes they have sparkle, depth and a faceted like jewels. It is no wonder photographers are drawn to them!

The course covers important composition and design techniques for these unique photos. We will teach you how to work with different lenses for different creative effects. We will work on how to control your focus precisely and get sharp critical focus. You'll learn which settings to use and important shooting techniques, all explained in easy to understand plain language.

Close up eye photos have a few key ideas for effective composition and design. Because the photos are close up detail shots every minute detail matters. This is a precision operation. Be prepared to be super observant and very patient. If you are detail oriented you are going to love taking these photos. You'll find the creative aspects in the subtleties.

This course is part of our series covering horse photography basics. These courses are for any one who wants to improve their horse photography.


  • Effective composition and image design
  • What camera angles work the best
  • Capturing light in the eyes
  • Lens choice
  • Using shallow depth of field and selective focus
  • Camera settings and shooting techniques


  • You must have access to horses to photograph outdoors
  • You must have a DSLR camera.
  • You may not use previously shot work for this course


  • You will receive a reminder email on the course start date when your lesson is ready.
  • This course includes one written lesson in PDF format consisting of our best photography tips, detailed instructions, how-to video and a photo assignment.
  • You will have two weeks including two weekends to work on your assignment.
  • You can ask questions, post work in progress, ask for help or chat with your classmates or instructors as you work on your assignment. We are here to help and a lively discussion makes the class a richer experience for everyone.
  • After shooting the assignment you will upload your photos to the website by the due date and we will critique your photos and give you helpful advice and tips.
  • The class is open for a month and we can answer any follow up questions you have after the critiques.

Course Overview
Price: $49

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Learn To Take Photos is an online photography school run by professional photographers. Our online photo courses are fun and motivating.