Greetings all, First off, the standard forgive me if this is posted in the wrong place disclaimer applies. I am a video guy and have spent the last couple of years shooting primarily weddings and working in television. I have always loved photography and am looking to start letting people pay me to take pictures. Yep, I'm that kind. There are a number of reasons outside of my really, really enjoying taking pictures, like: - considerable less post production time (for wedding productions a day is spent merely digitizing video and then another day to render the video to a MPEG to burn) - cheaper equipment (for the price of one prosumer camcorder I can get two really good DSLR's, which is important to me because I have limited resources and have been a part of enough live video productions to know that it is essential to have back-ups) - already have Adobe Photoshop and took number digital imaging courses in school. My skills are strong on that end. - more opportunity for work (engagement shoots, models, and other non-wedding gigs) The plan is to take what I have now - a Canon EOS 300d and a couple of cheap lenses - and take photos of everyone I know, and put a couple of classified ads in the paper and online asking for models in exchange for 8x10s, which in a University town that shouldn't be too hard. Then, by next summer I will hopefully be able to make some money. As soon as I get some paid work the plan is to sink about maybe $5000-6000 into some new lenses, a 40D, and some lighting and backdrops. But I'm not spending a cent until I get some sort of paid work because I do have those cheap lenses and the 300D (and it's not the camera, but how you use it). My question is: am I dumb for doing this? Have any of you moved from videography to photography? What sort of problems did you face? What am I not considering? No, really, am I dumb for doing this? I just have this feeling that there is some big hurdle to my plan that I'm not seeing because I have limited experience to the business side of photography. Any comments to bring me back down to earth are appreciated. Many thanks, folks.