Since I don’t really post photographs of people very often, it can be hard to talk about portrait photography that I’ve tried.
A few hardy souls have volunteered to let me take their picture, but until I manage to get something organised the best I can do is the occasional animal.
One useful technique for taking photographs of people (or in this cases horses) is to try and capture light in their eyes. (Good light mind, not that horrible red eye that comes from flash in low light conditions. )
This light reflection in the eye can either be natural or as a result of some smart lighting techniques, but what it will do is lift the eye into the picture and draw attention to it. (Your eye will always get drawn to bright spots of a photograph).
Take a look at some photos of faces and see what I mean – eyes with catchlights are much more full of life than eyes without.