For those who love photography and horses this is the perfect career, but beware – it’s not as easy as it looks. This is a sport that definitely requires some experience with fast-moving subjects and the high energy of the Thoroughbred.
What You Need
This is a job that requires a strong commitment to the sport, not to mention that taking pictures of moving animals takes dedication to the craft. Generally photographers work on a freelance basis, accepting contracts for racetracks, trainers and owners.
Great time management skills, a solid camera and a strong affinity for sports photography are essential for a great track photographer.
The job will vary from by track, race and horse. Catching great action shots, winning shots and making the animal look good are top priorities. What types of pictures are taken will vary based on who holds the contract and the application of the photographs.
Behind the scenes shots
Getting shots of the gate parade
Snapping clean pictures of the race itself
Catching a clean shot of the winning moment
Taking pictures in the winner’s circle
Can be hired to photograph practice sessons
Taking portraits of stallions or winning animals
This position doesn’t have to require more than a good eye & good equipment, however it’s probably not that easy. Education & training in photography will always be useful as is experience taking high speed shots of sporting events. Because this is usually a freelance or contractual position, each job & contract will be different.
There are not a lot of resources listed online for those who want to become a Racetrack Photographer. If anyone has any more info, please leave it in the comments.
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