I am looking for suggestions on equipment here (looking to spend about $5-6,000) based on what I am looking to shoot.
First and foremost, lifestyle portraits here in NYC and back home in rural PA (engagement photos, headshots for Broadway and performing friends, baby announcements, etc). Some studio settings, but mostly outdoor for head shots and experimental with friends until I gather a solid portfolio to where I feel comfortable charging.
Ideally I would like a camera with video capabilities to put together some packages.
I also shoot a fair amount of live music, so something that would work well for that. That along with some of the "experimental" work I am looking for, preferably something that works very well in low lighting.
I am fairly confident in my skills, I am just looking for the right quality equipment to help me achieve greater quality. I have always relied heavily on post processing, but it would be nice to use it just for touch ups and adding filters and lighting effects. I am aware it sounds like i am trying to take a lot on, but it's not as bad as it sounds
Here are the cameras I have narrowed down to, but I'm also open to suggestions:
- 5D mark III
I would also like a prime lens that would function (for the most part) across the board. I would also like to supplement 1 or maybe 2 less expensive lenses for some of the less serious shooting.
Along with the camera and lenses, what lighting would you recommend to get started? Any other staple pieces of equipment?
I know my laundry list is kind of all over the place, but I have my notebook eagerly awaiting notes and a shopping list!