Taking Photos for a Portrait Painting

In order for me to produce a highly detailed portrait of your horse, I will ideally need a high-resolution photograph showing the required pose of the animal and in high definition.
I realise that sometimes this is not possible especially if the photo is of a horse you no longer own or who has since passed on. I am always happy to take a look at the photos you do have to see if I can use a combination to obtain a true likeness.
Below I have outlined some tips to help you choose the best photo for a horse portrait.

If you have an DSLR camera, please use this instead of a mobile phone camera. Whilst mobile cameras are very good, nothing will compare to the quality of a photo taken with a far superior lens of a DSLR.

I prefer not to paint from photos from a screenshot off of a phone or a computer, the lack of detail will compromise the portrait that I can produce.   

Eye Level

The best angle for a portrait photo, for a head and neck pose, is one that is taken at the same level as the eyes of the animal. This will help enhance the focal point and ensure the maximum detail is captured for me to paint from.


If you are taking your photos with a camera phone, be sure to get as close to the animal as is possible, and do not use any zoom function as this will produce a photo of low pixel quality. Make sure that the focus is sharp and detailed. Take many, many photos and narrow them down to the clearest shots.


Take your horse outside into the natural daylight. Do not take a photo into direct sun as the contrast is too great, and fine detail will be lost. The best day for photographing is an overcast day, where the sun is not too strong thus the high and low lights are not too drastic.




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