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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I said:

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!


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