My wife wanted some family pictures 'Venture' style. I refused knowing the prices and said I'd have a go myself.
So this was taken with my Sony Cybershot, a 4ft light cube and 2 second hand flashes with a bit of trigger electronics (about £40 worth in total of EBay), then touched it up on a trial version of Paint shop Pro.
Then we got the image printed on canvas for around £60-80.
Decided then it was something I wanted to get into and now have a Canon 40D