what is the best uk degree to do if you want to be a portrait photographer?
I would like to work on a cruise ship as a photographer for a few years and then in the future to own my own studio. But to get onto a cruise ship you have to have qualifications – I have been looking at Uni Degrees, but not sure what to go for – Commercial? Editorial? Fashion? or just plain photography?
The only qualifications you need to be a cruise ship photographer is a knowledge of photography and the ability to be worked like a slave for hours on end and to have to deal with some unpleasant customers who think that they own you.
You certainly don’t need a degree for it.
How much does a portrait photographer charge?
My partner is a semi proffessional photographer, he mainly photographs landscapes and sells his pictures, however he has had a request to photograph a family at their home, how much do you think he should charge – has anyone ever had a portrait photographer come to their home? Based in UK
In general you should cover your costs with the studio fee and then make a bit of profit on the prints.
Could a pro portrait photographer tell me what equipment is ESSENTIAL to get started?
Am setting up a studio from home photographing mostly newborn babies. On a tight budget so I only want to buy the bare essentials for shoots.
Can a portrait photographer recommend what I’d need (makes and models too if you can?)
I’m in the UK
OK, I won’t go into a rant about how you are not ready and all that rubbish, if you were ready, you wouldn’t need to ask this question.
I’ll just give you a list of what I consider is the minimum for a basic studio.
Cameras and lenses.
If you are planning on doing this as a business then minimum of two camera bodies, DSLRs will do but MF would be better.
Make and models is upto you but the minimum would be in the “mid-range” of Nikon or Canon for DSLR or Phase One or ‘blads for MF (that is if you have the 15-40k to spend)
2 lights (preferably 3) –
Softbox, brollies and associated “light adjusters”.
Bowens and Elinchrome make kits – check out http://www.warehouseexpress.com/flash-heads-and-kits-bowens/b3116-m28
Paper rolls or cloth plus background stands.
Colorama paper rolls are the most commonly used http://www.warehouseexpress.com/studio-backgrounds-colorama/b3100-m45
If babies then a proper baby poser
also posing stools and various other “bits and bobs”.
Lastly – KNOWLEDGE of what you are actually doing and how you work all the various equipment.
That is the most basic stuff as far as I am concerned and if you were to buy all new then 5-10k at the cheap end and 30-50k at the expensive.
RANT: You could always do what loads of others do and buy an entry level camera, use a sheet and table lamps and then advertise your “professional” services!
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