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Godzilla_chOi
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Jan 06, 2011 18:08 |  #1

Hello everyone,

I am thinking of starting a wedding photography business on the side as part time job and I want to know what will be a good camera and lens to start out for someone like me? (new wedding photographer?) also any tips from you pros for beginner like me? i will appreciate any kind of advice! thank you :)




  
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Jan 06, 2011 18:15 |  #2

For me personally-At a minimum:
1 full frame camera and 1 crop sensor or 2 crop sensor cameras
17-40 f4l or 16-35
24-105 f4l or 28-70
70-200 2.8 is MII or any of the 70-200 line
2 580 exII
wireless flash triggers.

In addition to that I also carry:
50 1.4
85 1.8
And a ton of knicknacks.


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Jan 06, 2011 18:18 |  #3

I really dont know how to respond to this...

The only thing I can say as you dont seem to take this seriously, and although this forum is a wealth of information, this thread will not make you become a wedding photographer.

What do you have? What do you know? How much are you willing to invest?

If you already knew photography, exposure, posing, lighting, etc. then I would recommend you spend a few months in this forum and the business forum, and the photo sharing section to get a glimpse of what there is to know.


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Jan 06, 2011 18:25 |  #4

Honestly, you need to be a second shooter for aa pro. You will gain much more information and skill that way. I wouldn't go diving off into the deep end without at least a few years of skills under your belt.


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Jan 06, 2011 18:39 |  #5

Thank you guys for your input. I do already know photography, exposure, lighting and etc. I am just to start off by taking pictures for friends and family members and go from there. I am looking to spend 1k and do i have deep pocket. once again this is just going to be a part time job and if I do become good at it, I might go full time but until then I won't be able to drop load of cash on the equipments. thank you




  
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Jan 06, 2011 19:10 |  #6

Godzilla_chOi wrote in post #11587977 (external link)
Thank you guys for your input. I do already know photography, exposure, lighting and etc. I am just to start off by taking pictures for friends and family members and go from there. I am looking to spend 1k and do i have deep pocket. once again this is just going to be a part time job and if I do become good at it, I might go full time but until then I won't be able to drop load of cash on the equipments. thank you

There is nothing we can say that will help you ..... Good Luck




  
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Jan 06, 2011 19:11 |  #7

1k will not go as far as you think in your attempt to get you a min. setup. Consider renting what you don't have.
Honestly, I have spent thousands upon thousands and I am still looking at expanding my gear. Just the basic setup will easily be in the area of 3-5k. If you skimp on back ups and quality glass you will be starting your biz on the wrong foot and risk damaging your chances of being a successful business person.


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Jan 06, 2011 19:13 |  #8

Godzilla_chOi wrote in post #11587777 (external link)
Hello everyone,

I am thinking of starting a wedding photography business on the side as part time job and I want to know what will be a good camera and lens to start out for someone like me? (new wedding photographer?) also any tips from you pros for beginner like me? i will appreciate any kind of advice! thank you :)

What kind of lenses do you currently own? What body do you currently have?


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Jan 06, 2011 19:22 |  #9

You don't even have an idea of what camera or lens to get, that right there tells me you don't know jack, and you are no where even close to be considering yourself to be a paid photographer.

This is you:http://www.youtube.com …H7FEsThbw&featu​re=related (external link)




  
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Jan 06, 2011 19:26 |  #10

randplaty wrote in post #11588242 (external link)
What kind of lenses do you currently own? What body do you currently have?

I currently have Canon T2i with Sigma 24-70mm and 50mm. thank you




  
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mjryan67
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Jan 06, 2011 19:37 |  #11

Any pictures you have taken that we could look at ?




  
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Jan 06, 2011 19:46 |  #12

Don't need to go far, a little resource will come a long way.

Look at Bryan's (Red Tie Photography) list of equipments and check out his site. I think that'll answer your questions already.

For practice, grab a white and Black bed sheets. Place the sheets next to each other and shoot those indoors and outdoors. Practice your exposure settings. When you have a good grasp of how to expose them in different lighting conditions, ask a PRO to assist on his/her weddings.


Good Luck!


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Jan 06, 2011 20:25 |  #13

Godzilla_chOi wrote in post #11588313 (external link)
I currently have Canon T2i with Sigma 24-70mm and 50mm. thank you

You need a second body, a pair of speedlights, something wider than 24mm, and (if funds allow) something longer than 70mm.

But if you already know a lot about photography/exposure/l​ighting, you already knew that ;)




  
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Jan 06, 2011 20:52 |  #14

Godzilla_chOi wrote in post #11587977 (external link)
Thank you guys for your input. I do already know photography, exposure, lighting and etc. I am just to start off by taking pictures for friends and family members and go from there. I am looking to spend 1k and do i have deep pocket. once again this is just going to be a part time job and if I do become good at it, I might go full time but until then I won't be able to drop load of cash on the equipments. thank you

You need a lot more than 1k to be in business, whether it's part or full time. Have you even thought about the business side? You're gonna need equipment and liability insurance and that's not exactly cheap.

Make sure your backups have backups.


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Jan 07, 2011 02:56 |  #15

I don't think 1k would even cover your insurances... never mind the equipment


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