Horse Country Photographers: Don Shugart

Don Shugart

A photograph of a horse can be well-lit, composed and shot according to the highest standards but still not impress a horseman. The photographer must have an understanding of proportion, breed standards and possess more than a little ‘horse sense’ to capture all the important qualities of a horse. Don Shugart elevated horse photography to new heights. He pioneered the use of a unique method of removing cast shadows from underneath a horse by using outdoor flash photography and positioning the camera closer to the ground. The Don Shugart collection documents over 25 years of National Cutting Horse Association events as well as major ranches and horses across the country.

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