Make cash with your nikon
If you enjoy shooting subjects that talk back, maybe it’s time you started making cash from your portraits. You don’t need much equipment if you start by taking outdoor portraits in natural light. Any Nikon D-SLR will be up to the job, although the higher resolution of the latest models will give you the option of producing larger prints than some of the older models.
You also need to think about your lenses. While a kit lens can produce great results, a wider-aperture standard zoom, such as the 17-55mm f/2.8, will allow you to achieve shallower depth of field than the f/5.6 maximum aperture at the longest end of most standard zooms. The other lens that’s worth investing in is a 50mm f/1.8, as this will give you even narrower depth of field and allow you to shoot in low light without having to increase the ISO.
Stepping up to full frame, any Nikon is capable of professional results with the right lens. Again, the high-resolution models will give the option of huge prints, but even shots from an older camera such as the D700 will print up to A3. When it comes to lenses the 50mm is a good starting point, but the focal length is a little too short for head-and-shoulders shots. An 85mm f/1.8 gives more flattering results, or if you can live with the smaller maximum aperture, a 24-70mm f/2.8 or 70-200mm f/2.8 are versatile (if pricey) options.