Is my camera good enough to go semi-pro?

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  1. porridge

    porridge TPF Noob!

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    Hello all, I'm new here. Wanted to ask your advice.
    I am a keen digital photographer, and recently more and more friends, family and others (school playgroup for instance!) have been asking me to shoot portraits. It's got me wondering whether I could perhaps start a small business doing this in my local area. Bear in mind this a a very tentative foray!
    The thing is, right now i have just a Canon Powershot G9 (latest), which although is fantastic, is not a big s****y pro digital SLR! I wonder if it would be considered acceptable to start with this, maybe build up slowly, start buying second-hand lights/ backdrops etc as and when.
    Would I be a laughing stock with my little G9? should i start saving and upgrade?

    EDIT - why on earth did the censor edit that word - its wasnt swearing! Just shiny, maybe i mis-spelt!
     
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  2. Steph

    Steph No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    First of all, hi and welcome to TPF!

    I am not quite sure what you mean by 'semi-pro', so it is hard for me to answer your question. However, it might be worth reading the two threads below. You might find them useful.

    Thread 1
    Thread 2
     
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    laam999 TPF Noob!

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    You COULD do it with that, but I don't think I would suggest it, even totally consumer dSLR's will produce better pics and have the option to change lenses, thats my oppinion anyway.
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Really, the only thing that should matter, are the results. If you can make great results that people are happy with, using that camera, then good for you.

    Of course, there are better cameras and I would suggest that investing in a DSLR camera would be a good decision.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I could shoot portraits or a wedding, and make the client happy with a Canon G9 (and pro lighting gear), but it would be a huge pain in the butt. A DSLR would make it much easier. Also, even though most folks don't know much about the important aspects of photography, they tend to think bigger is better. With good lighting, exposure, and processing they most likely couldn't tell the difference between ISO 100 photos taken with a G9 or a DSLR, but they may take you less seriously with a compact camera than something that looks bigger and more complex. Silliness, but that's they way the world works. Canon is selling refurb XT's for $400.
     
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    visualpoetry TPF Noob!

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    Make the investment before making a business out of it. Thats my opinion. You'll be amazed at the results!
     
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    No.

    -Pete
     
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    im_trying11 TPF Noob!

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    no. its not as easy as you think.
     
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    David Hobby, the writer of the Strobist blog, has posted some shots with his G9 that you wouldn't be able to discern if it was from an XT or the G9 without the EXIF.

    He could do it. But he's got years and years of experience.
     
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    At least it shoots RAW
     
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