Onyx is indeed a lovely subject, and I'm so pleased to see that you have been able to photograph her. I particularly like this photo because in the previous one I commented on, she was very businesslike, but here, she's smiling, even seemingly eager for something (a treat or a favorite toy), giving this photo a feeling of openness. Nothing I pointed out in the previous photo has been "lost," either, which really says something tremendous about your skills as a photographer. Brilliant work.
You're most welcome! Ha! Just wait; it gets better as you continue on and progress. It's my pleasure to encourage young photographers who have that special talent. I can't tell you how pleasing it is to find photographers like you who know your way around a camera and understand that it's not the camera that makes the shot, it's you and the effort you put into the shot. THAT is the mark of a great photographer, and I suppose I should be thanking you for that.
Thank you! That means a lot, as well. haha I agree with you 100%. I shoot in manual, in RAW, and I know very much that it has very little to do with what equipment you have.. these photos so far have all been shot with a Canon Rebel XS and a 50mm 1.8. DEFINITELY the cheapest equipment you can buy. No soft boxes or additional lighting.. just me and my camera!
Ahh, I would sell my soul for a Rebel (I have a Canon PowerShot S3IS), but you are right; as far as DSLRs go, the Rebel is the cheapest. I lack the ability to shoot in RAW with mine, but it hasn't hurt me too much (manual is my favorite setting; I love being able to control everything). I've had an absolute blast with my PowerShot, though, and have done a few paid gigs with it (more proof that it's the photographer, not the camera). I honestly think you're doing it right - just you and the camera. If you can't work with the lighting you have, then you shouldn't hold a camera (in my opinion, of course). That's part of the fun, and that's what being a photographer is all about.
Also, YAY CANON! They're cheaper (usually) than Nikon's models, and they're more durable than the more cheaply-made Panasonics, Olympuses, and Sonys. The photo quality (even in snapshots) is fantastic, too.
What do you plan to do with your photography? Is it just a serious hobby, or do you intend to make a career out of it?
I'm not against using more equipment, I'd love to own other things and be able to manipulate light as I wish - but it's not an option as a poor college student.. haha. I love my Canon, Nikon bothers me and is much more frustrating and difficult to figure out.
And, I'm not really sure yet. I have talked about getting my business license and charging, but I really don't know if I'm comfortable with that yet. Taxes, etc etc etc, it's a lot of work.. so for now, I'm just a hobbyist with great photos and a great printer.. And I'm okay with it. haha
"[B]ut it's not an option as a poor college student..." <--- Story of my life! I just keep telling myself, "One day...one day..." Whether or not that day comes remains to be seen, but my fingers are crossed. You'll have more equipment, too, at some point.
Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck. (And many more gorgeous Dobies to cross your path!)
hahha. I'm going to school to be a court reporter to get a job that will (hopefully) fund my obsession with dogs and camera equipment.. time will tell! LOL I have too many obsessions that cost way too much money, but at least court reporting will make a nice dent in the costs.