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New Photography Business .. Need any Advise and Input
Hello all, This is my first post. I am very excited about getting myself off the ground and want to get any advise you guys can offer..

I currently take photos at basketball games for my daughters team and other games and want to take advantage of the equipment I have to make this into income. Also I plan to start a Hair Magazine and will be photographing model's for the magazine. The will be from head to full body shot's mainly showcasing styles of hair. My photography business for sports and magazine will be the main focus of my business. I plan to take team photo's for b ball and other sports..

My equipment is the following:.

Canon Rebel XtiCanon EOS 30DCanon EOS 40DCanon EOS 5DSony Alpha A100k.

18-55mm Lens28-135mm Lens75-300mm LensCanon Speedlite 430EX2X Teleconverter for canon.

I have hot lights (umbrella lights)A Hdr-Sr1 CamcorderA JVC Everio High Def Camcorderand 2 Tripod'sI also have a EOS 1D Mark III That I am waiting on..

I have Corel Paintshop Pro; Adobe Photoshop Elements; Adobe CS3; Final Cut Studio; Apple Shake.

I want to know how to proceed with learning to set my camera's to take pix in each scenario. I want to learn the min needed to take pix for my Layout Designer for the Magazine. I am not sure where to start. I have had request from people to do photo's for the school in several diff event's but dont want to get out there until I am comfortable with the camera and settings. I have everything I need to get off to a good start but the knowledge and comfort..

I need to know what camera to use with what situation. And what photos to take ect. I want to take some classes and learn to use the software I have so I won't have to source out editing and retouch forever. I want to lauch my mag marketing by march and have the first book out my May or June..

Any Only Tutorial, Courses, Advise, Classes info will be appreciates. I especially would like to hear from other professionals. This is not for Fun Only for me. I want to use what I have to make these projects a success as well as Make Money..

ANY Advise Will be Greatly Appreciates..

Thanks in advance for you time...

Comments (10)

It might be useful for you to also post this question on the "Pro Digital Talk" forum..

Will be interesting to see the answers you get..

Regards.....Caster.

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Comment #1

There is some very good advice here:http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1002&message=26720778.

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

Sorry, but this is blunt (please don't take offense)..

If you have to ask these questions, then you really need to take some college photography courses before you start a photography business..

Owning a bunch of DSLR's and lenses does not make a professional photographer..

And dump those hotlights for some studio strobes!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Remember.always keep your receipt, the box, and everything that came in it!..

Comment #3

You may have the equipment, but more importantly you need (1) the skill set, (2) business plan, (3) sales & marketing plan, and (4) the knowledge that with the proliferation of dSLR sales, everybody and their brother thinks they can make a go of it in the world of professional photography. Even the seasoned pros are having problems making ends meet. Make sure you fully understand the risks (and rewards) of your decision(s)..

Also, asking this question in Beginner's forum is probably not the best place to get advice for obvious reasons. And be aware that those in the pro forum who will give you advice are probably not pros themselves...because real pros ae not going to want to share the tricks of their trade. They already have too much competition and the wise ones will not want to help foster even more..

Johnny.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/..

Comment #4

MusicDoctorDJ wrote:.

Sorry, but this is blunt (please don't take offense)..

If you have to ask these questions, then you really need to take somecollege photography courses before you start a photography business..

Owning a bunch of DSLR's and lenses does not make a professionalphotographer..

And dump those hotlights for some studio strobes!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

Remember.always keep your receipt, the box, and everything thatcame in it!.

If you were not trying to be offensive you would not have needed to start your message in that manner. I am a new photographer and I never said I was an exp. professional. Advise was requested so If you are not offering that then please fall back. NOT TRYING TO BE RUDE :o).

I am new not stupid. I am taking classes and dont need you to tell me that..

I will leave it at that...

Comment #5

JohnnyBlood wrote:.

You may have the equipment, but more importantly you need (1) theskill set, (2) business plan, (3) sales & marketing plan, and (4) theknowledge that with the proliferation of dSLR sales, everybody andtheir brother thinks they can make a go of it in the world ofprofessional photography. Even the seasoned pros are having problemsmaking ends meet. Make sure you fully understand the risks (andrewards) of your decision(s)..

Also, asking this question in Beginner's forum is probably not thebest place to get advice for obvious reasons. And be aware that thosein the pro forum who will give you advice are probably not prosthemselves...because real pros ae not going to want to share thetricks of their trade. They already have too much competition and thewise ones will not want to help foster even more..

Johnny.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/.

Thanks for you input. I will say that my market is very niche.. not in any way will it compete with even the local markets as there is no one with this kind of product here. I am not doing general photo's Just shooting for my stylist who pay to adv in our mag. I will shoot their model's thats it. See what I mean.

I am Good with marketin and this is an enhancement of a company I already have.. So I am not at all ne to business..

Thnx..

Comment #6

I am not doing general photo'sJust shooting for my stylist who pay to adv in our mag. I will shoottheir model's thats it..

In that case the most important thing to learn is how to do lighting for portraits. Assuming that you are trying to show off the hair, you will probably be doing head-and-shoulders type portraits..

Try these:http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Portrait-photography-with-easehttp://www.photographers.co.uk/html/portrait-photography.cfm.

Http://www.amazon.co.uk/...ortrait-Photography-Revised-Bavister/dp/2940378304.

Best wishesMike..

Comment #7

MusicDoctorDJ wrote:.

Sorry, but this is blunt (please don't take offense)..

If you have to ask these questions, then you really need to take somecollege photography courses before you start a photography business..

Owning a bunch of DSLR's and lenses does not make a professionalphotographer..

And dump those hotlights for some studio strobes!.

ItzBitz wrote:.

If you were not trying to be offensive you would not have needed tostart your message in that manner. I am a new photographer and Inever said I was an exp. professional. Advise was requested so Ifyou are not offering that then please fall back. NOT TRYING TO BERUDE :o).

I am new not stupid. I am taking classes and dont need you to tellme that..

I will leave it at that..

You asked.I answered!.

I'm sorry you can't take the truth.I stand by every word I said above..

If you have to ask the questions you've asked.you need to learn photography before you "start a photography business"..

However.just taking some photos for a magazine you say you own is not starting a business..

It's just taking some photos and publishing them..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Remember.always keep your receipt, the box, and everything that came in it!..

Comment #8

Mike703 wrote:.

I am not doing general photo'sJust shooting for my stylist who pay to adv in our mag. I will shoottheir model's thats it..

In that case the most important thing to learn is how to do lightingfor portraits. Assuming that you are trying to show off the hair,you will probably be doing head-and-shoulders type portraits..

Try these:http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Portrait-photography-with-easehttp://www.photographers.co.uk/html/portrait-photography.cfm.

Http://www.amazon.co.uk/...ortrait-Photography-Revised-Bavister/dp/2940378304.

Best wishesMike.

Thnx so so very much!!!..

Comment #9

Thnx so much to all of you for any help you have offered. I have classes I am starting and I have some time before I start taking any photo's I just want to have all the possible info I need and I will believe me I will do plenty of practice..

Thnx so much for all you help..

Comment #10

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