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:

Bodies:
Canon 1DxII
Canon 5D Mark IV

Zoom lenses:
Canon 11-24mm f4
Canon 24-70mm f2.8 II
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II [sometimes paired with a 1.4x teleconvertor]

Prime lenses:
Canon 35mm II f1.4
Canon 85mm f1.4
Canon 100mm f2.8 macro

Lights:
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?

I’m the worst person to answer this question because I only know what I need to know when it comes to camera gear. Try looking on Ken Rockwell, DPReview or Photography on the Net.

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.

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