I receive countless emails inquiring about the scruffy dog gear. “What camera do you use? What lenses should I buy? What’s the best equipment to shoot pets with?” Please understand that i do not have time to respond to these kinds of queries, but I do offer mentoring, and there is a Got Questions? forum on the SDP facebook page created for followers with quick questions on anything related to photography or dogs.
I’m a Nikon user. But honestly, whether Nikon or Canon or Sony or whatever, “brand” is not the essence of photography. Yes, professional cameras and lenses definitely make a difference in how your images are captured and ultimately the quality of those images, so rest assured that scruffy dog is geared to deliver … shooting with two Nikon D3S’s and a D700, and too many lenses to list.
However, these are tools. and owning such equipment does not necessarily make someone a photographer. Trust me, I’ve met my share of self-proclaimed “photographers” with thousands of dollars worth of equipment. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the artist’s eye that makes a photographer … the ability to see and work the light, to envision an image and capture it, and then to ‘develop’ it further in the digital darkroom, to have a command over the software so that the image can be everything you envisioned in that originating moment. The cameras and lenses are simply tools which enable you — the artist — to reach that end.
First and foremost, your best tools are your eye and your creativity.
If you simply must see a few of the lenses used here at scruffy dog photography, you can head over to this blog entry about lenses … but please read the text as well, as it is pivotal to the way you should be making your lens choices.
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