Creating a Good Lesson Video

Tips on obtaining the most useful footage:

Set up your camera or have a friend video you and your horse the footage may be either online, in-hand or under saddle, or any combination thereof.

Try to have you and your horse fill at least 50% of the frame. In other words try not to video from across an arena. We want Mark to be able to see clearly the details of your horse’s movement, areas where he may be having problems, etc. If you are uncertain just vary the distance between you and the camera.

To ensure the best success try to do a brief test run with your camera to check lighting and distances. Try not to shoot into the sun, and if possible try to have the sun or source of light come from behind the camera. In a well lit arena this will likely not be an issue.

Obtain at least to 10 minutes of footage if possible but try to not go over 20 minutes.

The content of your footage – i.e. what Mark will see is up to you. Please do not worry about performing well. Just try to include your daily/typical interactions with your horse. This might include on-line, in-hand, or riding, or any combination thereof. Keep in mind that Mark will see things you may not have noticed so do not get too concerned about your content. If, for some reason, Mark does not feel the content is sufficient he may ask you for additional or replacement footage.

Sound: if you are able you might wish to add audio however this is not necessary. In the accompanying documents you may offer any thoughts or questions you have, or you can simply raise your questions during your conversation with Mark.

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