In this Members Only post I will discuss how to photograph cross country in general and, more specifically, the different ways to photograph particular types of cross country fence.
If you are gaining experience by working for an event photographer - and I highly recommend this to accelerate your learning curve - then some of the decisions laid out in this article will be taken for you. You will be placed where they want you and asked to take a particular shot, but there are still factors consider to make the shot as sellable as possible.
I will outline the general differences in how I would photograph fences, depending on whether my client is an editorial client, a rider client, or a sponsor.
“Working” the course is something experienced equine photographers refer to. This article will explain what that means and how to plan for your day on cross country to make the most of the light and the course.
We will examine the hierarchy of control on the cross country course, in case we need permission to use remote cameras or operate from areas which are more unusual.
We will discuss each type of cross-country fence and how we might photograph them to make the most of the features and shape of the fence.