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Tammy L. McKaskle
 

Starting out in Photography


I would like to start a photography business on the side and I have a Nikon D70 and a new Dell Desktop, but I would like to know what type of equipment would be good to have (I will be doing outside shots to begin with)....flashes, reflectors, filters, lens, diffusers, etc. I would also like to know what you would recommend for studio shots (I hope to convert my guest bedroom/office into a studio one day), lights, soft boxes, backdrops, etc. Thanks so much for the help and information!


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6/29/2005 1:50:07 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  GOOD DAY TAMMY,
AS FAR AS LIGHTS, BACKROULD HOLER( THAT IS PORTABLE FOR LOCATION SHOOTS ALSO) AND MUSLINS, I HAVE USED THIS GUY ALOT:
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZskaeserbackgrounds

AS FAR AS THE STUDIO WORK GOES I ALWAYS RECOMMEND AT LEAST A 3 LIGHT SYSTEM- I USE EPSON R300'S PRINTERS:THEY ARE VERY GOOD AND VERY PORTABILE.AND I WE USE PS 7.0 ON ALL OUR LAPTOPS AND DESKTOPS.
AS FAR AS OUTSIDE WORK WELL I WOULD SUGGEST ALWAYS HAVING A FEW FLASHES, AND QUANTUM BATTERIES WITH SLAVES( THESE KINDS OF EQUIPTMENT ALWAYS COME IN HANDY FOR EXTRA FILL LIGHT AT WEDDINGS AND SPORTING EVENTS.
THERE ARE A COUPLE THREADS HERE ON CHILDRENS POSING AND STUDIO QUESTIONS(LIGHTING) WHERE MYSELF AND OTHERS HAVE GONE INTO DEPTH ABOUT MUSLIN AND PROPS ETC. SO YOU MIGHT SPEND SOME TIME WITH THOSE AS WELL.
I DO HOPE THIS WILL HELP,
DEBBY


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6/29/2005 2:16:43 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Tammy, I think it would be best to start slowly. Learn to master the equipment you have, then add things piece by piece.

I think it would be good to get a couple of good lenses and an external flash before moving on to studio equipment. These will give you some flexibility.

By the way, Kerry Walker, one of our frequent posters around here lives in your neck of the woods. I'm down the road a bit in New Orleans.

Good luck!


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6/29/2005 3:08:07 PM

 
Tammy L. McKaskle  
 
 
Thanks so much for the information! I do want to start out slow...we just paid off major debt and I don't want to go that route again...therefore, it's cash and carry for me! I know I would like a macro lense(what's a good one?) (to shoot baby parts, eyes, ears, nose, hands)and probably a 70-300 (Nikor?), also a flash, but is a reflector a must or a later thing?

Thanks Debby for the link! I will check it out. I will check out the threads on children posing and studio lighting for sure. I am always trying to learn from the wisdom of others!

Chris, you have so much to photograph in New Orleans! I love the history of NO, but don't get to get down there often. Where is Kerry from?

This is a picture of my son on his chopper his Grandpa bought him...he can't ride it for another 12 or so years but he loves playing on it! I played around with it in PS Elements. Let me know what you think.

Tammy


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6/29/2005 9:21:55 PM

 
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6/29/2005 9:23:23 PM

 
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6/29/2005 9:23:45 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  I think Kerry is in Monroe.


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6/29/2005 9:42:42 PM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2005
 
 
 
I TOO AM JUST STARTING OUT, AND AM EMBARRASSED TO SAY I HAVE BEEN "STARTING OUT" FOR A BIT OVER 2 YEARS NOW. IT TOOK ME AN ENTIRE YEAR TO SAVE UP FOR A 700.00 DIGITAL CAMERA I WANTED, AS MY BUDGET IS TIGHT. I ONLY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUY 3 BACKGROUNDS AND I HAVE 1 OTHER I USE THAT IS MY LIVINGROOM CURTAINS. I CAN SAY THAT THE LONG TIME PERIOD HAS HOWEVER GREATLY IMPROVED MY PICS AND I HAVE BECOME VERY INVENTIVE IN WAYS OF PRODUCING A BEAUTIFULL PORTRAIT WITHOUT A LOT OF EQUIPMENT AND PROPS BY UTILIZING MY SURROUNDINGS [THE CURTAINS, WHITE WALLS, BRICK WALLS, MAKE INEXPENSIVE BACKGROUNDS AND LOOK AS NICE]. MY PROBLEM IS THAT I FEEL MY HOME STUDIO AND MAKESHIFT PROPS DONT LOOK SO PROFFESIONAL AS SOMEONE ELSES RENTED STUDIO WITH HIGH DOLLAR EQUIPMENT EVERYWHERE. KEEP US UP TO DATE ON YOUR PROGRESS, I AM LOOKING FO WAYS TO ET OFF THE GROUND MYSELF.


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6/29/2005 10:13:15 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Bobby,
don't be EMBARRASSED to say anything-as I have said time and time again- we do what we can to get started-just be VERY PROUD that you have got started!
now as for backrounds it sounds like your doing a great job - useing those types of things can make for great back grounds.I suggest starting out with only black and white any way- a very good black and a white you can trun -red, blue, pink, pluple, green, yellow, using gells-so , watch ebay- for used equiptment- I still do- I use used flashes for wedding fill lights and in sports such as BMX I slave them and put them in key places in the dirt.
you to can do this. or if you want studio lighting start with one and then get your second.etc. the important thing here would be to have a strick plan as to how you want to develop and stick to the plan.
AND I NEVER SUGGEST A STUDIO away from your home unless you really have to have one-NO this cost way to much money and the legallaties will kill ya.
I had that with quite a few other businesses and do not recomend it.
I have not seen any of your work yet- except the one you posted- do send more a head shot can not tell us much- more importrant then props and back ground -is posing! once you have mastered your camera- then Posing should be next! for good body posing makes for a beautiful portrait.
do post back with some of your work and we will be more then glad to help, also I want you to do me a favor- call the studios in your area and see what they charge- then I want you to make a price list and start thinking about getting paid for your work.
here's a tidbit for you to think about- I and my team do a lot of location work- in my gallery - the firemen, the cowboys those were taken in a tent at a rodeo- the portrait of the BMX boy in the red with all the trophies, that was taken on our front lawn- thats right I decided I needed promo shots for the upcomming State races- I had just cleaned everything we were expecting company the next day, so rather then dirty the house or move the things I stored in the studio / Garage area(yea, I hide stuff when company comes,lol,lol)- I hauled some of the location equiptment out to the lawn-and Bruce and Greg at 8:00 at night mind you and made them do portraits. So there you go.
I hope this has been some help and all of us here are more then willing to help if we can,
Debby Tabb


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6/30/2005 10:08:43 AM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2005
 
 
 
I guess I have gotten stuck in a rut on the head shots. I need to do more full body poses. Mostly I have worked on detail and on artisticly altered photos. I realize now I am limiting myself by not experementing more with posing and shall keep this in mind.


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6/30/2005 11:14:31 AM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2005
 
 
 
I guess I have gotten stuck in a rut on the head shots. I need to do more full body poses. Mostly I have worked on detail and on artisticly altered photos. I realize now I am limiting myself by not experementing more with posing and shall keep this in mind.


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6/30/2005 11:15:35 AM

 
Tammy L. McKaskle   Hey Bobbi,
I checked out your gallery and I like your work. Post more for us to see! You should go to mpix.com and check out their forum....they have some great threads on backdrops and how to make them cheeply (I'm talking under $30). They posted pictures and they look great! You are ahead of me...you have backdrops! What do you use to hold them up with? Do you keep it up all the time? I need all the information I can get!

Thanks Debby, Chris and everyone else on the other fourms for sharing all your knowlegd.


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6/30/2005 11:45:46 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Hey Tammy,
for a backdrop holder I told a friend of mine to try this(because for some events we have to have cans with cement as wieghts) take to cheap plastic flower pots(of coffee cans)
and fill them 1/2 way with cement with a short pvc joint in it. then use a eye screw to put in to the joint on two sides of it- then get to pvc poles to insert in to joint and screw the eye bolts until firm- use a "L" joint on each side to hold the cross bar- you can make this as high or as wide as you want(if extra wide just add a 3rd middle pole with a "T" joint in the middle as a support) if you want to spend more money you can use 2 cheap tripods and get a flat pole with screws holes on each end and that will work /or spend more and get a backdrop holder off ebay.
ok there you go,hope this helps,
debby


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6/30/2005 12:12:32 PM

 
Tammy L. McKaskle   Thanks for the instructions Debby! I might look into the backdrop holder on ebay but I think I have half the stuff to make one at the house! I just might start off with a homemaid holder!


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6/30/2005 1:10:05 PM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2005
  TAMMY,
FOR A BACKGROUND HOLDER I HAVE A HANDMADE ALUMINUM TREE STAND MADE BY A GUY I KNOW WHO WORKS IN A MACHINE SHOP WHERE THIER ARE WELDERS AND LOTS OF SCRAPPED MATERIALS LAYING ABOUT THAT HE HAS ACSESS TO. THERE IS TWO POLLS THAT ADJUST UP TO 12 FEET AND HAVE 3 LEGS ON THE BOTTOM FOR SUPPORT. THESE GO ON EACH SIDE AND I USE A SINGLE 12 FOOT LONG POLL IN THE MIDDLE AT THE TOP I CLIP MY BACKGROUND TO. IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE STANDS I SEE COMONLY SOLD ON EBAY BUT IT WAS ALMOST FREE FOR ME. IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH METALS IT WOULDNT HURT TO TALK TO THEM. THANKS FOR CHECKING OUT MY WORK. THE PICS LOOK A LITTLE PIXLEY TO ME, MAYBE ITS MY COMPUTER. HOW DID HEY LOOK TO YOU? I HOPE IT ISNT BECAUSE I SIZED THEM WRONG.


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6/30/2005 8:00:45 PM

 
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