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Not sure what everyone else uses, but in kicking off the photog biz I've had some requests for in home/studio portrait style shots, and just using a single SB-600 wouldn't cut it. So expanded a little with 2 Manfrotto 367B light stands, 1 Westcott 60" umbrella w/ removable black cover, 1 Westcott 32" umbrella, an additional SB-600, and a couple clamps to hold the umbrellas and flashes. No modeling lights right now, I'll start off with the flashes and maybe get another one for background lighting. Next step is getting some backdrops. What does everyone else use? Any other suggestions? I'll take some sample shots one of these days.
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good luck, every self proclaimed photographer never makes it and it seems the explosion of "i got a D300" also makes him a pro also. my suggestion is just do cause ya like it. its a dead market unless your well known already.



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good luck, every self proclaimed photographer never makes it and it seems the explosion of "i got a D300" also makes him a pro also. my suggestion is just do cause ya like it. its a dead market unless your well known already.
I am doing it because I like it, not to become a well known pro. And I'm not sure what you mean by dead market. There's no shortage of guys who buy their first camera and assume they can now take purdy pictures I agree there, many of them including myself tend to post in the photography section on this site But I don't think these guys buying their first SLR are hopping into the market ready to quit their day jobs. Not sure how well known I am, but there's no shortage of clients at this time for me

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buy this thing

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But I don't think these guys buying their first SLR are hopping into the market ready to quit their day jobs. Not sure how well known I am, but there's no shortage of clients at this time for me
Woah.
Are you actually quitting you're day job to do this?
That take's a pair.
and I am not being a smart ass... Best of luck to you.
I hope it works out.... Beats the hell out of the daily grind.. or at least I imagine it would... Seems most jobs have their crap side.. even the ones that look great..

Here's to you not becoming a world famous plus sized model photographer..
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Woah.
Are you actually quitting you're day job to do this?
That take's a pair.
and I am not being a smart ass... Best of luck to you.
I hope it works out.... Beats the hell out of the daily grind.. or at least I imagine it would... Seems most jobs have their crap side.. even the ones that look great..

Here's to you not becoming a world famous plus sized model photographer..
No, it's just on the side. I think I'll keep it as a weekend business. What I meant was that many people buying SLR cameras are doing it only because the market price allows it. They buy an SLR for the same reason other consumers are sold on higher megapixels. So that's all I meant. Most events are on the weekends anyways except for one corporate shoot I have lined up so I'd have quite a bit of free time if I did it full time
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good luck, every self proclaimed photographer never makes it and it seems the explosion of "i got a D300" also makes him a pro also. my suggestion is just do cause ya like it. its a dead market unless your well known already.
Hey! That sounds like me!


Biggy my friend, I wish you all the luck on this. I'd love to do studio work...hell, I've even considered pet photography! But "studio" photography is a hard market to cut a client base out of for yourself.

You got skillz, so just keep at it and hopefully it will pan out! Get lots of practice. Do free work to build up a portfolio, advertise like a mofo.

I can't help with the studio gear...I know nothing about it. Though I'm looking to get some sort of setup for myself. It will probably just be something like what your doing; My pair of SB-800 with some large diffusers and a muslin background setup in the garage.

Good luck man! And don't forget to invite me over when you get it setup so I can learn something from you!

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Not sure what everyone else uses, but in kicking off the photog biz I've had some requests for in home/studio portrait style shots, and just using a single SB-600 wouldn't cut it. So expanded a little with 2 Manfrotto 367B light stands, 1 Westcott 60" umbrella w/ removable black cover, 1 Westcott 32" umbrella, an additional SB-600, and a couple clamps to hold the umbrellas and flashes. No modeling lights right now, I'll start off with the flashes and maybe get another one for background lighting. Next step is getting some backdrops. What does everyone else use? Any other suggestions? I'll take some sample shots one of these days.
If you can, see if you can get into a "well-known" studio and check out their set up. Are there any professional photographers on the board that you can approach. This way they call tell you what not to get.

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good luck, every self proclaimed photographer never makes it and it seems the explosion of "i got a D300" also makes him a pro also. my suggestion is just do cause ya like it. its a dead market unless your well known already.
Having worked in a printing lab for a while, I will tell you that the photography business is 20% skill, 80% marketing. If you don't know how to market and sell your services, then you are screwed.

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Two of my wife's cousins and their spouses have photo businesses in Ft. Wayne:

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They're brother and sister and had one business together but drama split them into two businesses (cousins' spouses couldn't get along). It's a side business for all of them. Don't really know if any of them have any formal photography training.
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Biggy my friend, I wish you all the luck on this. I'd love to do studio work...hell, I've even considered pet photography! But "studio" photography is a hard market to cut a client base out of for yourself.

You got skillz, so just keep at it and hopefully it will pan out! Get lots of practice. Do free work to build up a portfolio, advertise like a mofo.

I can't help with the studio gear...I know nothing about it. Though I'm looking to get some sort of setup for myself. It will probably just be something like what your doing; My pair of SB-800 with some large diffusers and a muslin background setup in the garage.

Good luck man! And don't forget to invite me over when you get it setup so I can learn something from you!
It's not studio like just hopping into modeling right away. By studio I mostly mean family portraits, corporate head shots, and head shots for actors as well. I read and studied a lot before choosing the route since there are many different lighting ways to go. A big strobe system, constant on lighting, or just a few wireless flashes. And I chose the last option since it's the most minimal and travel friendly.

As for free work, I realized that I'm not going to do much more free work unless I really need to cover some part of my portfolio. I think that I can offer some fantastic deals but in doing something like a family photo shoot which I've got coming up...I've worked out a rate with them that will be paid only after they like and approve the proofs. Because if you think about it, it's 2 hours of shooting time plus an additional 8 hours post processing...not to mention I have a photo printer so I'll be providing their prints as well. Now it's a very low rate and less than half of what I see others out their charging which basically covers the hours I put into it IF they like the shots. That seems fair enough, no?
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I know pro photog's whose work is heads and shoulders above anything any of us are doing on this site. And they are still doing gree work, to build thier business, thier portfolio and thier networking.

But dont let anyone tell you, you cant do it. you can do anything you put your mind too.

Just remember, doing weddings etc...... those are events that can not be recreated, so you had better get them 100% perfect the first time. It can be very stressfull.




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I think it's great what you are doing Mike. It's always been a passion that you enjoy and want to improve on.
The shots last night turned out very natural... you should do a shoot with a couple to practice rotating the lights and what not, probably can just set up a sheet for a background until you get your other ones.

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Does this mean that we'll see better pics of Hunny nekkid?



I'd be happy with some more Bikini shots




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Shit ya, give me a speedo and i'll fit right in on any europeon beach




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Shit ya, give me a speedo and i'll fit right in on any europeon beach
Having never met you... My mental image is of Christopher Walken in a banana hammock...
Thank you for that.
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Thank you for that.
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Got a chance to bust out the umbrellas and flash guns tonight. Here's a couple shots. Others are more NSFW




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Good shots Mike.

I like the new do K

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i cut it a loooooong time ago... and I am growing it back out just for you Rick

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