Chiarascuro – Black Background Horse Portraits - Three Red Ponies

Chiarascuro – Black Background Horse Portraits

One of my favourite techniques in traditional oil paintings is chiarascuro, a classic technique developed by da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt who used high contrast shadows and light to create drama in their paintings.

I don’t have the time (or the patience) required to create photo realistic oil paintings any more, but I am really enjoying playing with this technique again with my studio lighting equipment.

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Black background studio fine art horse photography
Black background studio horse photography
Black background studio horse photography
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Three ways to create Black Background Horse Portrait Photography

I’ve had a few inquiries recently about the set-up required for the black background equine portraiture that I create, so I thought I would write a post to describe the various options and process involved with each. There are three ways that these black backgrounds are made: completely in photoshop, with artificial light or with a combination of natural light, studio lights and environment. 1.

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Why I chose the Canon 5D Mark IV for Equine Photography

Some photographers get all bent out of shape about which is better, Nikon or Canon, I’ve had both, they are excellent brands but for me personally, the Canon line feels better in my hand and I find it more intuitive to use than Nikon. I also now have a decent investment in Canon glass that I am very happy with, especially my workhorse 70-200mm 2.8L

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Three Red Ponies Announcement

Three Red Ponies – Michelle Wrighton Photography

PRESS RELEASE 8 August 2019 I’d like to announce some exciting changes for my business, the big one being the new name and brand for my horse photography – Three Red Ponies. The change has come about for several reasons. I’m a fairly private person and have never liked using my own name – the only reason it is my ASIC registered business name is

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Andalusian stallion black background grey horse photography

Three ways to create Black Background Horse Portrait Photography

I’ve had a few inquiries recently about the set-up required for the black background equine portraiture that I create, so I thought I would write a post to describe the various options and process involved with each. There are three ways that these black backgrounds are made: completely in photoshop, with artificial light or with a combination of natural light,

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Photography Workshop – Boyup Brook CRC

Photography Workshop – Boyup Brook CRC

In preparation for the ‘What’s Your Angle’ Photography Exhibition that I am honoured to have been asked to judge again this year, I will be doing a photography workshop at the Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre on Thursday 5th September 2019 from 1-3pm. If you are interested in attending, bookings are essential, email boyupbrook@crc.net.au or phone 9765 1169 to register.

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8 Mistakes to Avoid when Planning a Photo Shoot with Your Horse

When you are investing in a professional photography session for your horse, its important to take some time to prepare for the session so that both you and your horse enjoy the experience together and you end up with beautiful artwork that you absolutely adore. All Three Red Ponies Photography clients receive a fully comprehensive Welcome Guide that covers everything

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AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer – What it means for you

2018 has been an incredibly difficult and painful year for so many reasons, but there have also been some amazing things happen along the way. I am proud to announce that I have been notified last week that my application to the Australian Institute of Professional Photography has been successful and I am now an Accredited Professional Photographer. This means

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I have always been a natural light photographer, I’ve never liked formal studio photography for people and only ever used artificial lighting for ‘fill flash’ to lift the shadows when natural light was not enough to provide a professional result. My involvement as official photographer for the Lexus Melbourne Cup’s Tour of Boyup Brook in 2018 saw me updating my

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Equestrian Event Photography Website Update

All equestrian event photos since 2015 (with a list of archived events from 2007-2015) are available again at https://michellewrightonphotography.com.au/ I’ve had a number of computer and website challenges for the past few weeks so to resolve the event photo website as quickly as possible at this busy time of year, I have renewed with zenfolio. This means all your saved

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