Learn to take great photos


Learn to how to take contemporary portraits of horses and humans that tell the story of the relationship between horses and their people. The course covers setting up your shot and posing tips and well as which camera settings to use and important shooting techniques, all explained in easy to understand plain language. This course is the third in a series of short courses covering horse photography basics. These courses are for any one who wants to improve their horse photography.

Horses and people have many kinds of relationships. Everything is possible from the meticulously prepared performance horse and rider to a child and her first pony to a cowboy and ranch horse used for working cattle. Each relationship has its own character and context that can be represented in an environmental portrait.

An environmental portrait is an on location portrait made in the subject's usual environment portraying the lifestyle of the subject. The idea is to demonstrate the character and personality of the subject when they are in their natural surroundings. Shooting a person in their environment also puts them more at ease and helps them relax.

These environmental portraits are somewhere in between a posed studio shot and a candid shot where you might capture an incidental shot of a horse and rider going about their business. These environmental portraits are set up deliberately with an eye for detail and an intention to show the working and emotional relationship between horses and humans.


  • Scouting a location
  • How to set up the shot
  • Posing tips
  • Expressions
  • Showing a relationship between horse and human
  • Mounted and unmounted portraits
  • Camera settings and shooting techniques


  • You must have access to horses to photograph outdoors
  • You will need a person and a horse to model for you outdoors
  • A DSLR camera is helpful but not required for this course
  • 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 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.

Course Overview
Price: $49

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