10 pieces of advice for photographers
1 - The best pictures are taken on foot! With the agreement of the guide, ride ahead of the group, dismount your horse, choose the sport mode and take photos of the group approaching you.
2 - For pictures taken on horseback, try to ride slightly to one side of the group, keep hold of your reins and talk to your horse.
3 - Take pictures of the horses and their riders in motion. Focus on a section of the group - odd numbers of riders seems to work well.
4 - Early morning light or late afternoon light is preferred.
5 - To frame your subject well, move him out of the centre and respect the proportion of 1/3 sky, 2/3 earth or vice versa, and ensure there is something of interesting in all four corners of the picture.
6 - Use the automatic "burst" mode because horses rarely stay still for long adjustments!
7 - Favour a compact camera which has a built-in stabilizer and UV protection filter. Bulky cameras are not sensible on horseback.
8 - Take enough spare batteries with you and save your battery life by avoiding using the screen and not letting the batteries get cold.
9 - Protect your camera from dust, bad weather and falls by keeping it in your jacket, bumbag or in a bag attached to your belt and put the lanyard over your head.
10 - Ask the consent of people you meet on the trail before taking their photographs.