Am I Ready for Pro Photography?

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    Kimberly Snyder

    I shoot with a Canon Rebel T5i and besides the standard kit lens, I only have a 70-300mm zoom (f/4-5.6) and a 50mm prime (f/1.8). I know there are specifically recommended lenses and flash diffusers and such, but what do you think is basically necessary for entering the world of paid photography (probably portrait/family portrait mostly)? What should I save up for specifically if my goal is pro portrait photography? I’ve been asked to shoot for families but I’m not confident in my equipment because I’m always reading/told that what I have is very basic hobby-photographer equipment. Thanks for any input!



    Jinny Schober

    Hi! I am NOT a pro photographer, but I have read some about it. Whenever you start shopping, be prepared to spend a lot of money 🙁 For accessories you need to start with a good tripod, (you might need to do some research as to what kind) but you need to expect to pay at least 100.00 bucks for it. You also need an off-camera flash. B&H photo is a good place to find stuff like that 🙂 . I am not aware to what extent you want to take your pro photography, but if you have a studio, You are probably going to need some strobe lights and softboxes for the lights. Unless you want to start with just environmental shots, you probably need to get a seamless background (and a stand to hold it up). And again I am not a pro photographer, but I thought I would chip in with the stuff I’ve read about. 🙂 There is a lot of stuff involved, and the list goes on. I might not be telling you the correct stuff to start out with, but those are good things to have! 🙂


    James Staddon

    That is a really well thought out question, @daughterofhim97. Since the webinar is today, I won’t take the time to write out an answer right here, but I’ll think it through and share my thoughts and we can go back and forth via Live Chat live at 3pm. If you haven’t already registered, here’s the free link for you as a PRO member (and this link for non-PRO members:


    James Staddon
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