Online Horse Photography Courses Are Off and Running

Friday, March 27, 2009

Aspiring equine photographers learn how to take pro quality photos using tips and techniques from well known horse photographer Christina Handley

The series of horse photography courses offered by has become very popular in the first two sessions. The courses are taught by well known horse photographers Christina Handley and Laura Cotterman with prizes for top photos sponsored by SmartPak Equine. Christina and Laura are professional photographers and lifelong horse owners who bring years of field experience to their teaching.

These courses are for any one who wants to improve their horse photography for every reason from capturing precious memories to making better photos of their horses for sale. The next two courses offered in April are Horses and Humans starts April 1st and Horses in Action which starts April 15th.

The courses are full of practical and easy to follow advice. Students learn which settings to use and important shooting techniques, all explained in easy to understand plain language with plenty of help and how-to videos along the way to get the results they are looking for.

The Horses and Humans course covers visualizing, styling and setting up your shot to create a photograph that tells the story of the relationship between horse and human. Here are three ideas to consider for better portraits from the course.

The location is critical for an environmental portrait. The location provides your canvas that you will place your subjects on and it is used to convey more information about the person being photographed and put them in the context of their lifestyle.

A mounted portrait best demonstrates the working relationship or partnership between the horse and rider. A horse and rider are athletes working together and you will want your portrait to convey that sense of partnership and unity in the context of their equine discipline by using a complimentary location and the correct tack and attire.

An un-mounted portrait tends to be more about the emotional relationship between the horse and rider. Some ideas for un-mounted portraits that work well are hugging, kissing, petting, grooming, feeding treats, leading and hand grazing.

The virtual classroom at Learn To Take Photos is a lively place attracting hundreds of students from all over the US and Canada in addition to a growing number of students from around the world. Course materials and discussions are available 24/7. Equine photographer and online student, Dorothy Puddester from Ontario Canada writes “I love these courses you have offered. They are just amazing. Both you and Christina are fantastic instructors and are very patient with all our technical questions.”

Weekly photo challenges offer another engaging way for students to share photos and have fun with some friendly competition. All students are invited to participate by uploading and rating photos. There are two prizes for each challenge. One prize is awarded to the Peoples' Choice highest rated photo and the other prize is awarded to the Instructors' Choice photo.

Learn to Take Photos offers free short courses each month for new students. With ongoing enrollment you can join anytime. Courses begin the first and third Wednesday of each month. Coupon codes for a FREE short course are available for new students on the course detail pages.

Go to for all the course offerings and available coupons.

About Learn To Take Photos

Learn To Take Photos is an online photography school taught by well known horse photographers Christina Handley and Laura Cotterman. Students learn photography, get to know new people and share ideas in a fun, encouraging and supportive environment. Learn To Take Photos’ online photography courses are designed for adult learners and are self-directed, creative and motivating. Students have one-to-one access to an expert photographer. Visit for the current course schedule.

Christina Handley

Laura Cotterman