Getting into the photography business, need help.

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  1. spuddybuddy

    spuddybuddy TPF Noob!

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    Well me and my wife have been tinking about starting a photography business and need some advice on equipment.

    1. What type of DSLR camera for portraits and family photos.
    2. What type of lighting and lenses

    My wife worked for a photography studio for 3 years so she knows alot about it, but that was 5 years ago so she needs to get reaquainted. Any other advice like where to find the best prices would be appreciated.
     
  2. Icon72

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    Wow. Why don't you try reading some of the forums friend. That would be a good start. :)
     
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    spuddybuddy TPF Noob!

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    Yeah I know theres alot of info on here I just dont have alot of time so its easier for me.:D
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So, what you are saying is that you really don't want this to succeed.

    Have you told your wife?
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Open the B & H catalog and buy 1 of everything. That should pretty much cover it and more.

    Yeh.. I know its a lot of stuff but it is easier and I don't have a lot of time.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. :lol:
     
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    Now I don't exactly know what your plan is here. Saying you "Want to start a photography business" is a statement very open to interpretation. It could mean you want to dive in and open a full brick-and-mortar studio with shooting room reception area and the like. In that case if you need to ask here what kind of camera you should buy you need to slow waaaaaaaaaaay down and do wht was already said and do a little research and at least figure out what kind of format you want to shoot in. If you mean you are going to buy a camera and some lights you still need to do a little reading if you need to know what to buy but you have a better chance to learn before you sink in too much money to recoup if you decide to fold. So if you want a little help and less sarcasm why don't you step on the brakes a little read alot introduce yourself to all of us tell us what you know, what you have and, what you intend on doing with it. You will see if you stick around for a while most peolple who come on here and say " I want to open a business to make lots of money shooting pictures" will pretty much get the same kind of response. I really don't know what it is mabye we have a mean streak or mabye the guys that have paid there dues slogging it out working at the side of other people and shooting for themselves for years are a little sensitive about others who seem to want to dive in to a full scale business before they even know what end of the camera they don't even have yet to look into. Now I am not saying you are like that but I don't know anything about you so how about starting with an intro?.
     
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    Well you sure are lucky that you have a bunch of people who are willing to take their time to spoon-feed you stuff you don't have time to do yourself.

    Perhaps we could start your business for you?
    Or even just take pictures of your clients and send you the money?

    How far do you want us to go for you?
     
  9. soylentgreen

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    Is he for real??? By what I gather, may be best to open a studio and hire a photographer to do the work. That way you won't have to deal with all the "technical" photo stuff, just the business end. Seriously, if you are going to start a business, you best know what you are going to get into. That's the best advice I can give you. Research, research, research. Better make time for it. :mrgreen:
     
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    Why do I get the impression spuddybuddy was just in to set you all up?
     
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    another post that makes me just read this forum and hardly speak.

    if someone objects to a post why dont they just ignore it?
     
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    Thats one route but I think like was said in earlier posts people who are really into photography and have been working hard for years learning techniques and information are insulted by the idea a person who worked in a studio for 3 years 5 years ago wants to open a studio.

    Does this person have any experience with actual photography or were they just employed by the studio in some different facet?

    You get so many people on this forum saying I want to start selling photos, I have a point and shoot and have been taking photos for a couple month... Its aggrevating seeing people think just because they own a camrra they can start charging.


    I have an idea, I cook dinner a couple nights a week for my girlfriend and roomate maybe I will open a restaurant, I have a little experience in the field but not much I think I can open a kick ass place with 5 star cusine.
     

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