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Wayne Marsh

Wedding Photography: Which Digital Camera?

I'm about to take a camera course, which I hope will lead to a business in wedding photography. But I need to buy the right digital camera to do the job. How much should I spend, and can you give me some ideas on which camera to buy. Thanks!

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2/18/2006 11:30:13 AM

Bob Fately   Wayne, you might want to consider taking some time before getting into wedding photography if you're just now going into a class and you don't know what kind of gear is available. Not to dissuade you, but wedding photography requires not only the photographic skills to ensure technically good shots (from a non-repeatable occasion), but also the ability to work with people and handle yourself well in the face of inevitable equipment failure.
On the equipment side, you can't go wrong with a Nikon or Canon brand - along with suitable lenses, flash, etc. The most important thing is to be comfortable with the gear, so rather than having strangers tell you that they think the so-and-so is the best camera ever, go to a store and handle a few. Some will balance well in your hands, others not so well. Some may have completely understandable controls that fall in the right place naturally, others not. These are not things you get from spec sheets or reviews.
But again, tread lightly - and learn well.

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2/18/2006 4:44:21 PM

John P. Sandstedt
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  Bob's absolutely right. If you really think the camera will "let you do the job right," stay away from any professional photo assignment. Photography is an art and each of us is a practitioner. Some are better or worse. One must practice the art of seeing photographically. Don't think that an ultrasophisticated camera will make you take better pictures. That just doesn't happen.
That being said - list what features you think you need. Then look into a camera that offers a few more. In other words, get a little more at first so you won't want/need to upgrade too quickly. And don't necessarily think "entry level."
Check out Pop Photo's January or February Issue. It compares five digital SLRs for under $800. If you own Nikon or Canon lenses that are compatible, you need not look too much further.
But, please, don't try to sell your new business on the fact that you have such-and-such camera. Someone/anyone out there with a simple point-and-shoot camera can and will blow your socks off every once and a while.

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2/20/2006 7:50:34 AM

Gaylen Bicking
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/16/2004
  I agree with Bob and John, Wayne.
Plus lighting and having the correct lenses play a major factor with the camera. It's like a puzzle, you have to have all the pieces to put it together.

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2/21/2006 6:42:01 AM

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