Introducing Kristy Batie! Kristy is a freelance equine photographer located in California. She’s been practicing photography since she received her first camera from her father while in high school.

Fiesta of the Horse – LA Equestrian Center April 2016


Can you tell us a little bit about the image, Fiesta of the Horse?

 I took this image at a Horse Show in Burbank, CA.  I was shooting with my friend Elise Genest (One of the best Equine Painters out there!)  This beautiful stallion was brought out and put in a small round-pen for us to photograph.  I was basically almost laying of the ground and shooting up to get this image as the horse went by.  There was a lot of dust and the background was awful but I loved the image and the movement of the horse so I decided to change the background.

What gear/software did you use to create this image? 

I shoot with a Nikon D700 and Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII Lens.  It was taken at ISO 200, Shutter Priority 1/1250, F 7.1 and underexposed by -0.33.  As for Software I used Photoshop CC 2015.5  The background texture came from Jai Johnson and its called “Tostinthemorning”.

How long have you been a KelbyOne member and what made you decide to become a member? 

I believe I have been a member off and on since 2007 so about 10 years.  I became a member because NAPP and now KelbyOne has so much to offer.  I loved learning about how to improve my Photoshop skills.  Before I became a member I would buy the magazine and would love to see how much could be done with images in Photoshop.  I decided I really wanted to learn how to do all the amazing and creative things with images so I decided to become a member.

To view more of Kristy’s work or to get in touch with her, visit her website or on Fine Art America