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I am really wanting to learn to do this right, and hopefully be able to start some sort of small-business from this.
My husband has OK'd me getting some equipment. I have my SLR Digi Camera already, with just the 55mm lense - works good for now.
I would like to get some sort of umbrella flashes and such so I can take pics no matter what time of day. I want something semi-portable so if I do manage to get business someday, I can take these things out in the field with me.
I've looked online, but am very clueless to what I will need. I don't even know if it exists, but I want something that I could use on a small set up, for poses with kids and such, and something that I can use for larger groups too, possibly wedding groups someday.
What would I need, that I can use as I am learning, and still use when I get more advanced. If I get this set up now, I can start doing pics for free for people to learn and to build up a portfolio of more then just my son and niece. I've been asked to do family weddings, but was too scared and turned them down, but I want to get to the point where I can confidently say YES!
The studios around me just aren't that high quality, and I know I can sqeeze into this market a little bit if I can gain confidence, and figure this stuff out.
I am far, and I mean FAR, from being a professional photographer. But I have noticed some things that some photographers use.
There is aphotography studio in OK city that uses a piece of foam insulation board that has a shiny side to help re-direct light... They placed the board up on end inside of a wooden frame, the board can swivel back and forth and up and down. They either use sunlight and move the board to redirect the light until the light brightens up their subject or they shine artifical lights on it and then move the board to redirect the light until their subject is lit up. It gives really great picture effects.
I dont know if I explained that very well or not. But I thought that it would be an inexpensive way to get a piece of equipment. And if you just used half of a piece of board it would be light and easy to move.
Ok, I'll take a shot at this. Im not professional, but my DH is just starting up professionally. Im the assistant. There's so much gear out there that it can be overwelming and can add up quickly. So there's lots of time for research. One thing I would really think about is what you want to end up specializing in because thats going to determine for the most part which gear will better suit your needs.
I've also heard tons of good things about alien bees.
We've got an Interfit light kit, softbox, background stand (I think paper is the easiest to use personally.).
You can check with your local camera shop to see what they carry/recommend. They might also run their own studio for rent and offer classes. I know the ones around here do.