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 was a Nikon user for years, but over the past couple of years have switched over to Canon … for reasons I will not get into here. However, whether Nikon or Canon or Sony or Leica or Hasselblad or whatever, “brand” is not the essence of photography. Yes, professional bodies and lenses definitely make a difference in how your images are captured and ultimately the quality of the images you are able to capture when dealing with difficult lighting situations, so rest assured that scruffy dog is geared to deliver … shooting with pro bodies — formerly Nikon’s D4S, and currently two Canon 1DXs and too many lenses to list.
However, these are tools. and owning such equipment does not necessarily make someone a photographer. It is 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’ that photo 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 list of equipment used here at scruffy dog photography (both formerly and currently), 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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