I have a friend from my hometown that asked me this:
I just found your blog and found that you are using a very expensive canon.Way out of my price for some studio and weddings.I am just starting toget back into this and I am starting my research.
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Cool. You don’t have to worry about megapixels. They’ll all be fine. Any camera with the bigger body and interchangeable lenses will give you decent quality to start. In the $800 area, you can get a decent Canon or Nikon and one OK lens… add a flash for maybe $150… or get a bit better one, since that’s so important if you want get pro looking shots. If you can land a few good shoots and want to start right, the next step up cameras are built more solid, focus faster, etc… Like the Canon 5D Mark2, or the Nikon D300 I think it is… anyway… if it’s to make money often, that’s a nice entry camera and you’d never regret it. Depending on what you want to shoot, you might need to save up for a decent long lens (Sports, etc) or a good light and umbrella (portraits).
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But, you know… it’s not the equipment, it’s the shooter. I started in digital with a little Kodak camera, then a Nikon (and they were still about $1000 at the time!)… but I used really nice add-on flash, and that made all the difference to them not looking like snap shots.
And all you folks hurry up and get to be great shooters… I need the help!