Would i be OK?

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  1. rein

    rein TPF Noob!

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    ok, so im starting to get into the business side of photography, mainly covering events and such and a lil here and there if possible.

    this is a list of what i have right now

    Rebel XTI
    canon 28-135mm IS
    canon 50mm 1.8
    canon 430ex
    Canon Battery grip
    Bounce card
    Gary fong light sphere
    4 batteries
    8 gb worth of memory cards
    circular polirizer
    canon rc-1 remote



    would i be ok togo ahead and start my business with this gear?
     
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  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I would submit that if you need to ask such a question, you're not ready. You're gear might be, but you're not. Remember the business of photography is all about business and has very little to do with photography.
     
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    Tiberius47 TPF Noob!

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    What he said. You can go ahead and do it as a hobby that earns you some extra money, but running a real business is a tremendously difficult thing to do. Not on the photography side either. There's finance and insurance and paperwork and records and a whole bunch of other things. If you want to run a business, take a course at a college to learn how to do it. You absolutely need to if you want to actually have a business.

    Or go into partnership with someone who can do the management stuff while you take the photos and trust that they aren't running the business into the ground.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I only see one camera on that list. You need backup equipment when covering events.
     
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    well i think for your first client's try asking your friends. if they are satisfied with your work or not. constructive criticism will apply here..
     
  6. rein

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    so i guess its OK to earn a lil money here and there? friends, family, friends of friends?
     
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    rein TPF Noob!

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    as for the back up, for now i will rent if i get anyevents, then when it goes good, ill definitely get another body, for now im aiming to get the 17-55 2.8, only debating between canon or sigma
     
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    Not to be sardonic... but
    why do you need such validation? Of course it's ok to earn a little money here and there. That's how businesses get started. Or you could just donate all your time and do it for free.
     
  9. rein

    rein TPF Noob!

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    lol, sorry, i just dont want any trouble with legal stuff. coz im not even a citizen yet. (6 more months, yipee)

    back on topic, i recently joined a local photography club, they are conducting a lecture on saturday on "starting a photography business" it was like 20 bucks, i signed up for it.

    thanks for all the comments
     
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    That will cover the short end, but you still need at least a 70mm to 200mm 2.8 to cover the long end with a tele-extender for possible outside use at greater distances.

    skieur
     
  11. rein

    rein TPF Noob!

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    yes, ill get that after the 17-55
     

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