You really should start by getting the minimum camera kit and taking classes. Particularly concentrate on lighting. Camera gear will not make up for lack of experience...
I'm not opposed to classes - I plan to take a few.What do you suggest when you say the minimum camera kit?..
Your primary concern should be lighting gear. An off camera flash + umbrella light or two, a way to trigger the strobes remotely, and stands to hold them. Learn about light. Primary and fill light. I think learning first hand from experienced people is far simpler than learning this over the net..
You'd be amazed at how good or how poor a photo any dslr can produce. Find a class and instructor you like that will teach you what you need and ask them for advice. Chances are they'll recommend a Nikon or Canon system...
I run an online fashion store that will require me to takeprofessional quality pictures of the items for sale.I'm a newbie but I'd like something professional that I'm willing tolearn on.Mainly, I need a camera and lens combo that will allow me to takesharp, clear close up images. The camera will also be used foreditorial style photos.Photos are everything for the success of the store so I really hopeto get a solid camera that produces great results.I thought about the d40x or the rebel. Any suggestions on a goodcamera and lens for me would be appreciated..
As the previous responder points out, lighting will be a much more difficult concern than camera and lens/lenses. If you are talking about live models, then you will need flash lighting. At a minimum you could probably get away with a few shoe mount flashes, but studio type flash lighting is much more flexible..
Putting aside learning the camera and lenses, lighting technique will add a lot of time. If you turn out to be really talented, then several months and a few thousand dollars may get you some decent images, if you are lucky..
Canon 580exs and Nikon SB800 flash units are about $300 a pop. Studio type flash heads run from about $200 to $2000 each. You then need to consider light modifiers, light stands, backgrounds, make up artists, etc, etc..
I would really consider hiring a professional fashion photographer, at least once, just to see what you are trying to get into..
I will be working with a professional photographer for the majority but in between professional shoots I need to be able to capture some shots on my own. I won't rely on my own talent (or lack thereof) because at this point I am too novice to do so..
I'm interested and willing to learn some basic techniques when time permits but at this point I need something that will allow me to capture some shots in between professional shoots..
Thanks for your feedback...
If you're looking for more budget work, than any Nikon or Canon DSLR with two flash heads can get you a lot of versatility..
I like this introduction to off-camera flash, a very good read:http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html.
I will be working with a professional photographer for the majoritybut in between professional shoots I need to be able to capture someshots on my own. I won't rely on my own talent (or lack thereof)because at this point I am too novice to do so..
I'm interested and willing to learn some basic techniques when timepermits but at this point I need something that will allow me tocapture some shots in between professional shoots..
Thanks for your feedback...