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Old June 9th, 2004, 12:05 PM   #1
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Bought a Canon Digi Rebel, puchasing a 3CCD cam to start a business

I am a college student that wants to do something fun and profitable as my "temporary" occupation. I just purchased the digital Rebel kit, and a 75-300mm IS lense. My original idea is to do weddings or other events that require video and photography? Can the board please help me out with tips and tricks to help me get started (which video camera to get, how to get started in general)? Also, are there any other types of "business" I can go into with my equipment? Thank you in advance.
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Old June 9th, 2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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I do not do many weddings, but it seems to me it would be very challenging to do both still and video at the same wedding, unless you have an assistant.
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Old June 9th, 2004, 03:03 PM   #3
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Josh is right plus a very good understanding of your equipment - how to use it its limitations etc. Weddings can be a touchy subject.For most it is the single most important day of their lives and they can become very critical when it comes to quality etc. You will also need a decent sound package as well and a demo reel wouldnt hurt either. You may have to do a few for free just to be able to put a package together to help you land jobs.
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Old June 9th, 2004, 03:22 PM   #4
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In the "Taking Care of Business" section (I think), someone mentions a combination graduation photo/video package. The photo part might be very had to break into, because I suspect everyone goes with already established photographers that are known to the school. But the video package might be a good way to break into the business - especially for someone young and reasonably close to the age of the subject, who would, presumably, really understand where they're coming from and what they would like to see in a video about themselves. You would probably want to include some stills in the video and it's possible, with a good enough product, that you could hook up eventually with a studio photographer not interested in doing the work himself but wanting to offer that service to his clients. Just a thought.
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Old June 9th, 2004, 06:50 PM   #5
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You can't do both by yourself.
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Old June 10th, 2004, 12:18 AM   #6
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I've seen a (cough) "professional" do both at the same time. The photos were OK, but it was the 2nd worst wedding video I've ever seen, including home videos.
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