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There are a lot of things to consider when looking into starting out.
Are you wanting to have something that is just better than a point-n-shoot?
Are you wanting this to become a hobbie?
Next thing that I would look at is what you can afford...make sure to not spend all of your money on the body...I'd recommend leaving your self money for a lens other than the kit lens.
Both canon & nikon are good choices & you can find arguments catering towards both. I'd look at honestly what you can afford & stick with canon or nikon.
I'd buy a body only and then lens to start with like a 50mm/1.8 can to get you started. Most of the camera kits out there come with just a bunch of fluff that you don't really need and you could spend that money on something else.
I know it's not a direct answer but without knowing what you are ultimately wanting to come from your shooting that's the best answer I can offer without really knowing more. Hope that helps some!
We actually have these really small sling bags that we got from Target, that can hold a body w/lens and then batteries and cards. Since we are holding the camera the entire time we really don't need a full-size camera bag.
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All of this kind of information can be found out very easy if once looked around our website.
You shouldn't base your prices off of some one else though if that is what you are looking to do.
Your hardcosts might not be the same as mine, you might not use the same print lab as I do. There are so many variables out there as to how you need to do your pricing.
If you aren't sure where to start then search google there are alot of how-to guides when it comes to pricing.
This number varies and depends on what type of session they have booked. For example each wedding is really different for example if a person has booked a 4hr wedding the amount of images they receive would be different from the amount of images a person would get who booked an 8hr wedding.
I (Josh) was the one who was into it first. Been into photography for about 13yrs. It started out my junior year in highschool shooting b/w and developing it myself in a darkroom at school!
Yes both my wife & I have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior!!! Thanks for asking!
Forever 21, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Thrift Stores, Target, Etsy
Lil girl: Target, Etsy, Consignment Sales
Josh: Urban outfitters, though I don't like to pay more than $6-$20 for something so only if it's on sale.
Thanks for the comment on the style!
A very good question and we'll try to break it down what we can.
1.) Camera functions = always shooting in manual, so learn your manual settings...it's been mentioned before...but Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is a good starting point. Part of "seeing" things also means knowing how to work your camera to help create that vision.
2.) Having an open line of communication with your subjects are key to being able to get the "shot you want". They need to trust you and feel comfortable that you have their best interest in mind and that you are going to interpret "them" in the best possible way.
3.) If there aren't time constraints then take your time...try not to "point & click & hope it looks good"...to me that's kind of like taking my car to a mechanic and then finding out that he just kicked my tires hoping that would help my car alignment needs.
4.) Study..study...study...not necessarily other photogs in the industry but all sorts of photography really get a feel for what you like & why....don't duplicate it..but try to figure out the intricacies and how it can help benefit the overall vision you have.
5.) To be honest alot of it happens in the moment...yes we do prepare, plan, & really go in with a sense of what we think will best display the subject as best as possible..but for the most part we realize that alot of the "shots we want to get" are the shots that happen in the moment...they aren't planned.
Now we realize it's different when it comes to commercial wok..there has to be a good amount of planning and execution to carefully execute the shoot, but when it comes to portrait work & weddings...for the most part we are not looking to manipulate the subjects...sure we might coach them...but we want them to be the focus!
Not sure if that gets to it or not...but there isn't a step by step recipe that we follow for each session. Each session has it's own uniqueness and if we see a shot we'd like to try...we always make sure the people are up for it and then go from there...we now within a couple of minutes of shooting it..whether we will like the image results or not.
We do use reflectors from time to time. We like the white/silver the best..we feel it has a purer color balance to it!
Thanks for asking. Storing photos needless to say is not one of the fun parts..but it has to be done.
We do lots of things..we store on hardrives, back up on discs, do online backing up as well.
Hard-drives: are actually for the money fairly inexpensive all things considered(1TB for $100 if you look around)...yes they can be a little bit of a hassle but depending on your system...you should be able to set an automatic back-up
Discs: to me discs are the biggest hassle..but they are inexpensive...but problem is even if you use a DVD your only talking about hold 4GB of info.
Online backup: There are places such as Mozy & Backblaze that offer online back up hosting for a fee...sometimes they can be a pain...but especially if you are a professional or even as serious hobby photographer...it gives you storage off-site in the event of a fire.
So those are my pointers, probably not what you wanted to hear..but the fact is..backing up and storing is just not one of the most enjoyable parts of photography..but none the less it's very important!
I'm assuming your referring to the camera?
We shoot with a Canon 5d MarkII.
We have several different lenses we use.
Mostly shoot natural light unless ceremony/reception of a wedding calls for something otherwise.
Hope that answers the questions!
Glad we could give you advice and have a fellow brother in Christ!
Thanks for the question all the way from Wales!
Our proofing area is actually built into the template we currently use and is hosted through the same site...for now that's the best way for us! We didn't have to find a separate option for proofing etc. I hope that helps some..
There are alot of other options out there:
That's to just name a few.
We over time have developed our own preset/action in PS.
With it it makes sure that all our photos from sessions are post processed in a similar way.
Most of what is achieved in by shooting in manual and being consistent with the way you shoot. You'll always have somethings..that come up...like green lights at a reception and green walls that of course will throw off some things so individual tweaks might be done for that..
We sharpen for web.
Hope that helps!
Crisper brighter images come from several factors.
The 50 mm 1.8 is actually a sharper lens than the tamron.
I would invest money in a good lens.
The lens would all depend on what you are wanting to do and wanting to achieve. The lens is where you want to spend your money first.
I can't entirely answer the question, b/c not sure what you are wanting to do, if your just a hobbyist or want to go pro, many factors come into play.
So again, for now I'd invest in good quality glass!
Knowing how to use the camera in manual mode, a good lens, etc.
A cheap lens can soften your images and might not be quick enough during focusing. Knowing how to shoot manually gives you better control on the outcome of your photos. In some of the automatic modes the camera can randomly choose a different focus point than what you'd like :(
Hope that helps!
We aren't going. So I don't know what to tell you.
I think the "right stuff" to hit up will depend on your niche, personality, and what you are looking to gain from it all.
Sorry not much help :(