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Horse Books

Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Photographing and “Videoing” Horses Explained—Digital and Film by Charles Mann. From your daughter’s first lead-line class to your wife or husband’s bid for the division championship, from a magazine or online sales ad to a short video to interest a potential buyer, most horse people try to capture countless “photo ops.” Unfortunately, the resulting pictures and videos are often disappointing—perhaps failing to follow the action or losing the subject in a blur of motion or the glare of sunlight.

While the family album or home video collection can forgive “bloopers,” if the lovely mare you wish to sell appears ill-proportioned or the dressage prospect is captured at the wrong moment during his trot extension; if you missed the zoom onto your reiner’s spin or your stallion is filmed parading in front of a clutter of farm equipment, potential clients will see—not beauty or talent—only camera-induced flaws. And, such mistakes can be downright costly!

In this superbly illustrated, easy-to-follow book, you’ll learn photography fundamentals and videography basics, with topics including: exposure, shutter speed, and depth of field; lenses, focal length, zoom, and focus; resolution, color management, resizing, printing, and photo manipulation; taking perfect posed horse portraits and effective action shots; backgrounds, lighting, and sound; linear editing and adding stills; including voiceovers and music in videos, and much more!

CHARLES MANN has covered the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Games; the 2002 and 2006 World Equestrian Games; the 1999 and 2003 Pan-American Games; and countless other major equestrian events of all disciplines. His photographs have been featured in—and on the cover of—magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Western Horse, EQUUS, Horse Illustrated, Dressage Today, Practical Horseman, Young Rider, and Chronicle of the Horse, and have won numerous awards, including the American Quarter Horse Association’s Steel Dust Award, the American Horse Shows Association Media Award, and the Chronicle of the Horse Photo of the Year. He lives in Maryland.

212 pp ∙ 9 x 9 ½ ∙ 286 color photos ∙ 978 1 57076 347 2 ∙ $27.50 paperback