FAQs for photographers
What gear do you use?
This is a question I get asked a lot (A LOT!). So here’s the full list:
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 11-24mm f4
Canon 24-70mm f2.8 II
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II [sometimes paired with a 1.4x teleconvertor]
Canon 35mm II f1.4
Canon 85mm f1.4
Canon 100mm f2.8 macro
I use Profoto lights and various Profoto modifiers
When I was starting out one of my favourite pet photographers was doing amazing work with an entry level DSLR, a kit lens and a nifty fifty. Top of the range equipment is not a prerequisite for taking great photos.
What’s your favourite lens?
If I could only have one lens it would be my 24-70mm. I love love love it.
What program do you edit in?
I shoot RAW and edit in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.
I don’t use bought presets or actions.
What settings do you use?
This is another one I get a lot and not an easy one to answer. I use lots of different settings depending on what I’m photographing. It’s fair to say that my aperture is mostly set to f2.8 or f4 and I try to keep the shutter speed above 1/500.
What kind of camera would you recommend for someone starting out?
What’s the best way to learn how to take dog photos?
My best advice is to find a rescue group or animal shelter that needs a volunteer photographer. You’ll learn to work with all sorts of animals, breeds, sizes and temperaments while helping to save lives. It’s win/win.
Can I learn from you?
I’m too busy with work to be able to offer mentoring or workshops and I haven’t produced any tutorial videos or e-books. If that changes in the future I’ll announce it on my social media channels.