Photography Portrait Studio Tour

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A behind-the-scenes look at the gear we use in our portrait studio.

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Basic Starter Camera ($280 used at Amazon): Canon T3
Better Starter Camera ($500 at Amazon): Nikon D5300
Better Travel Camera ($500 at Amazon): Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Good ($550 at Amazon): Sony a6000
Better ($1,400) at Amazon: Nikon D5500 & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Best ($3,150) at Amazon: Pentax K-1 & Pentax 24-70 f/2.8

Beginner ($950 at Amazon): Canon T6i & Canon 50mm f/1.8
Better ($3,000 at Amazon): Nikon D610 & Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Best ($5,300) at Amazon: Nikon D810 & Nikon 70-200 f/2.8E

Starter ($1,100 at Amazon): Canon 7D & Canon 400mm f/5.6
Great ($3,200 at Amazon): Nikon D500 & Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

Beginner ($500 at Amazon): Panasonic G7 & Panasonic 14-42mm
Better ($1,400 at Amazon): Panasonic GH4 & Panasonic 14-140 f/3.5-5.6
Best ($4,300 at Amazon): Panasonic GH5 & Metabones Speed Booster XL & Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 & Sigma 50-100 f/1.8

Beginner ($400 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 3
Travel ($1,000 at Amazon): DJI Mavic Pro
Better Image Quality ($1,500 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 4 Pro

  1. Tony & Chelsea Northrup says

    ⭐ A bunch of studio gear from Amazon⭐
    Canon 5Dsr:
    Canon 70-200 f/2.8:
    Manfrotto Ball Head:
    Dell P2415Q 4k Monitor:
    PC-130A Mobile Computer Cart:
    Paul C. Buff Cyber Commander:
    Paul C. Buff Einsten E640:

  2. Richard Bryan says

    Hi Tony, your videos are well done and easy to follow………….Thank You..Rick Bryan, Tiny Ontario, Canada

  3. Sajid Iqbal says

    wow a few minutes later…you spent money for "height modifier"…come on this is just foolish (or too greedy, if you are plugging them for the sellers)….

  4. Sajid Iqbal says

    You spent $40 for that weight? You could hack something up for less than $2 with a trip to Goodwill…kinda puts a dent in your financial intelligence methinks

  5. Michael Friedman says

    You're supposed to shoot strait on to your subject or slightly up… you never shoot down on your subject for a number of reasons… think you got mixed up on that one.

  6. esmokebaby says

    Dude kind of sounds like Jeff Goldblum

  7. Phil Indeblanc says

    4th C-STAND because they broke over time??!! In a smaller, home studio setting use?! That is shocking!

  8. Rajiv Desai says

    Hi Tony and Chelsea. I have been watching many of your video clips. I am passionate hobbyist for photography. I am also artist doing sketching and painting. Your inputs through these video clips are very much valuable to me. Your style is simple and effective. I am still waiting to master manual settings as well as set up of home studio. I appreciate your best guidance for that. Best wishes. Rajiv

  9. Miguel M says

    What's the bar you're using to attach the ball head and camera to?

  10. Ireviewtech4you says

    What is the ball head that the camera is on please.

  11. Mike Kojoori says

    How do you feel about LED panels for continuous lighting as opposed to strobes?

  12. Jj Benz says

    TN is a bad ass hats off

  13. Sad Day says

    so it means you like to spend 10,000$ to have all these items.

  14. Cameragearstudio says

    Hey Chelsea and Tony. Really enjoy your videos. Very insightful.

  15. Christopher Franklin says

    Hello Toni and Chelsea, love your videos. Quick question, where could I find caster for my c stands?

  16. Chris Schuening says

    I use steel shot for shotgun reloads in my sandbags, it is very dense and clean.

  17. Marcelo MyRideNY says

    Loved the video, would it be possible to do a video speaking of studio equipment for beginners? Thank you.

  18. Florence Segonele says

    Hello Tony!do you mind me to trouble you today ,would you like to talk to me ,i have something talking with you ,okay ?

  19. Rayaan Official says

    I am a self-learned photographer and I personally found your channel very much helpful, frankly speaking there are no one to teach me but from you guys I have learned many things. Thank-you so much Tony & Chelsea for all the guidance. πŸ™‚ and if there is any way that I can reach you both please please please let me know be it any medium it is.

  20. Mars on Earth says

    Did you just grab her by the her chest? You just made Chelsea annoyed. πŸ˜€

  21. Matthew F Photo says

    What backdrop support stand/crossbar did you use to hold the backdrops?

  22. Ahmed Merrouche says

    Can Anyone Help Me With Any Canon Camera (used or Anything else) I Always Wanted To Have One Please Its My Dream To Have One…Its Expensive And I Dont Have That Money…Anyone Cares?

  23. Crocellian says

    Thank you for this film. I am building a macro studio for my wife's glass art. It is a huge jump from adventure ( suicidal) photography of my last 3 decades.

    Your books, video, web, ebook, multimedia approach is the future. It works.

    Thank you.

  24. Dan E says

    who would thumbs down this video?….Hillary supporters I guess?

  25. jackwednesday says

    πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» love these two!! They save me so much money on training!!

  26. AudioAftershock says

    Yes great, a fantastic video of all the equipment I can't afford, this is nice.

  27. AudioAftershock says

    "Don't throw babies" -Tony
    Best subtle line of the day

  28. rialbb says

    im comin' over

  29. Really great video guys. Many thanks indeed. I have just spent an hour or two watching your videos and have found them really useful! Thank you.

  30. Bob Brown says

    awesome information…thanks so much

  31. chris mciuan says


  32. J Moore says

    Nice studio! ..and you guys really work well together- a miracle in the business world. I presume you have fire safety stuff and first aid kit – cold paks etc Thanks for the vid!

  33. Darcie Norby says

    Hey Guys! What Backdrop Support Kit would you recommend — for portrait studio. And I'm pretty sure I want at least 3 rolls of paper to start. Thanks! Love you guys!

  34. Shang-Hsien Yang says

    Nice video, but it really sucks to watch it.
    Most of the products mentioned in this video are offered by Paul C. Buff Inc., and they explicitly discourage sales outside of the U.S. and Canada on their website.

  35. Craig Hebert says

    Backdrops are from Amazon? Whats the name? Thanks.

  36. Dz Alien says

    thank you tony <3 πŸ™‚

  37. Oscar Jara says

    Great video! Just wanted to say thanks. You got me started on the right direction when I first picked up a camera. Your videos convinced me to buy a Canon 5d Mark III and a Canon 7d Mark II with a Sigma 18-35mm lens. I think it's such a good combo to have for portraits, wildlife, and landscape photography. Love all your videos! Don't ever stop making 'em. They're very helpful.

  38. Herman Surkis says

    Come on, be fair. The BD with the sock pretty much becomes a round softbox. Which is cool, but loses the crispness of the BD. So basically you are simply into equipment that works and does the job that you need.

  39. Saurabh Beedkar says

    Can you recommend a wireless ETTL flash trigger system for Nikon d 810? Preferably radio frequency based

  40. Lori Dethlefs says

    I am new to photography. Love your channel. Best photography channel on You Tube!

  41. Mitchell Grima says

    Hey guys. Love all of your work! Just a quick question: does the Paul Buff Commander and the CSRB+ receivers work for ALL flash types? I have multiple Menik FM strobes, SB-900 speedlites and 600EX-RT speedlights that I am currently using with remote triggers. However it would make like so much easier if I could control them all remotely! Can I do this using the strobes and a combo of the speedlights in one set up?

  42. Barnabas Mackay says

    Do you have any recommendations for those outside the us? C buff doesn't do international shipping and your book doesn't cover light modifying brands πŸ™

  43. Himanshu Makwana says

    Hey tony i have seen a lot of video on youtube, but i found your videos are great, in depth, precise and with great reasoning…thanks for sharing. As i am a newbie in photography, i would like to start up a small home studio on a tight budget, can you tell me where to start, i would love to grow my setup in future but for now most basic lightning setup(Flash/continuous)?
    Thanks keep up the good work…

  44. RedDirtAlley Photography says

    LOVE your videos! You guys are absolutely hilarious! It makes watching and my sad face of "wishing" for all the great equipment I want for my studio a hellava lot easier πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great info!

  45. Jeff Downfield says

    Great share thank you. What kind of lighting do you use for your videos?
    Thanks again.

  46. Chris Adval says

    4:50 you must be the luckiest guy on the planet. I spent months on ebay for used good deals on B800s, the best I can find is saving $20…seconds before the auctions end too! And years old saving $20… not worth it.

  47. Tom Clark says

    Where did you purchase your mannequin?

  48. igetsmart says

    awesome guys

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