Photography Studio Equipment for Beginners

We’ve been getting lots of request to update
our “What to Buy to Start your Studio” list. So, here’s the updated list for 2017. You know after working this business for 25-plus
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your problems. Hi, this is JP Morgan. Today on the Slanted Lens, we’re gonna take
a look at that how to start your studio, the equipment you need to buy to start your studio. From three different points of view, we’re
gonna update it today. We’re gonna look at those three different
places to enter into the market and to be able to put together enough equipment for
you to get out, take pictures and make some money. Now that’s what this is all about. It’s giving you the equipment you need…when
you say start your studio is to start to make money in photography. This list is starting your studio from scratch. It doesn’t take into account…you may have
a camera and a lens already or you may have a computer already. I think the one thing we didn’t put in this
list that you really kinda have to have is some way to look at images. A computer, a laptop, some way to be able
to look at images. Does not have to be Macintosh, does not have
to be a brand new Macintosh, but some way to look at images. That’s not included in these numbers. This first category is $1300. This is a very inexpensive way to get into
the market to be able to make some money. It’s around $1300. Let’s take a look at it. First, a Canon Rebel T7i. It’s gonna have an 18-55m lens, it’s a kit
lens. This is a great entry point. When people ask me what camera should I buy
when I just wanna start in photography, this is the camera you should buy. You can go down a little more to the older
ones, to the T5i or one of those as well, but the T7i is brand new. It comes out in March. It’s a great place to start. With that, you’re gonna have to have some
way to augment the light. So, I got a Photoflex MultiDisc Reflector
in there. So, you get that reflector so you can bounce
a little light in on the person. You’re gonna be shooting mostly with natural
light with his kind of $1300 kit. You’re not gonna have money for strobes and
things. You’re gonna need a stand to be able to put
that reflector on so that Coupe [SP] stand is kind of the universal stand. That stand will last you your entire career. It truly will, and you’ll probably abuse it
to death. Then we’re gonna have a SanDisk 64 Gb card. Interestingly enough when I did this lesson
last time, you could hardly get a 32 Gb card for this price of $35. Now, you can get a 64 Gb card. So, things…those cards have dropped down
in price quite a bit. An A clamp so you can just clamp your reflector
on the stand. And we’re gonna add a tripod, the Vanguard
Alta 233AGH tripod that has the pistol grip on it. The reason I put a tripod in this kit, and
a lot of you are thinking, “Wow. I would probably never use that.” I want you to learn how to use a tripod. I want you to learn what a 1/4-20 is. I want you to learn how to put your camera
on it. I want that to become a part of your work
flow. And think about times you’re gonna use that. You won’t always use it but you use it sometime. And last of all, we gotta have a card reader. That way you’ll be able to read your cards. You can look at it on your computer. So just to recap the list, we got a Canon
7Ti with a lens. We’ve got a reflector, a stand to put that
reflector on, an A clamp to hold the reflector. We’ve got a tripod to start to learn how to
use our tripod, and we’ve got a card reader and a card. And we’re off and ready to go. So, in this next kit, we’re gonna raise our
price to almost $3000. It’s gonna give us the ability to get a little
nicer camera some things. But it’s gonna give us some options we didn’t
have in our beginning kit. First we’re gonna start with the Canon EOS
77D. This is a new camera that’s just coming out. It’s a crop sensor camera but a fabulous camera
with a great pixel count. So, check that one out. We’re going to put with it though a 28-75mm
lens. It’s a crop sensor lens, so it’s made for
that camera. So, it’s a true 28-75 2.8 lens. But that’s more of a wide to portrait lens. And I like that lens a lot because of that. A 75mm gives you the ability to get on the
face a little better. It’s a nicer kind of portrait lens. We’re gonna also go now with some strobe. We’re gonna do two of the Baja B4s. So, they have two B4s. Those B4s in that battery platform, you can
take that out on location, shoot anywhere you need to whether it’s just a fabulous way
to work. But with strobes you gotta have several things
to support them. We’ve got a wireless transmitter, then we
gotta be able to modify our strobes. So, we’ve got a Photoflex Extra Small OctoDome. I like the OctoDome because it’s round, it
gives you a nice catch light in the eye. It’s just a pretty look for me. And one Photoflex convertible umbrella. I love that convertible umbrella because you
could pull the cover off from it and shoot through it and get a beautiful light like
that, or you can leave the cover on and bounce out of it. It’s a great light. So, then we’ve gotta have a speed ring for
our softbox. We’re gonna add that as well. And we’re still gonna keep our Photoflex MultiDisc
reflector. We now have three stands, one for each of
our heads and one for our reflector. We’ve got our 64 Gb memory card, a card reader,
an A clamp, and our tripod, our Vanguard 233AGH tripod. And there is our $3000 kit. Now, in this last kit, we’re gonna go all
the way to almost $5500. It gives us a lot more options. We’re starting to get into more professional
equipment and equipment that last you throughout your entire career. We’re gonna step up to an older camera and
there is a reason I do this. I like the EOS 6D. I like the 6D because it’s a full-frame camera. You have the ability now to have a high pixel
count on a full-frame, just gives you gorgeous images. But it’s a very inexpensive way to get you
into the market. If you’re gonna get into that full-frame world,
and I think you should. So, I think it’s a great camera. We’re gonna step up to a 24-70mm. So, a true 24-70mm, it’s a Tamron, 24-70 2.8
throughout which give you a great lens to use on that full-frame camera. We have our Baja B6. So, we have a B6, so a little more power. And then we have two of our Baja B4. So, we now have a three-strobe kit, so you
can do three-point lighting. You can have a key light, a rim light and
a fill light, and just be able to set things up in the studio and on location. With those Bajas, you have the ability to
be outside, inside. It works fabulously. We’re gonna have three speed rings now, so
we can put modifiers on all three of the lights if we choose for or just one, two or three,
whatever we like to have. Again, we need our wireless trigger so we
can fire them. We now have three strobe heads, so we’ve gotta
modify those strobe heads. So, I’ve included an extra small OctoDome
which is very small and gives you a nice catch light in the eye, and a small OctoDome which
is a larger OctoDome. You could replace the small OctoDome with
a softbox, a medium softbox. Both of those would be interchangeable, two
very similar kinds of things. You have to decide which one works best for
you. Then we go to that convertible umbrella. So, we now have our three ways to modify those
three different lights which gives us some options. We have our speed rings to be able to put
modifiers on those lights. And then we have to have four stands, three
for our lights and one for our reflector. This is a very solid kit now. You have the ability to put up a reflector
and a light, or three lights and a reflector. You got a lot of options with that setup. Last of all we’ve got our SanDisk 64 Gb card. And I think on this one I’m going to sneak
in two SanDisk 64 Gb cards, because you’re gonna need them. And maybe even three. I’m thinking I always get three in this package
and still keep it at that price of $5300. And then we have our A clamp. We’re gonna have an A clamp for your reflector. And last of all, I’m gonna step up to a much
nicer tripod. This is the Vanguard Alta Pro 284 Carbon Tripod. They are light weight. They are fabulous to carry around. They are much more expensive, but just the
light weight portability of this tripod makes it worth the money you spend on it. So, there is your kit. Your 6D, your 24-70mm, your three monoblocks,
your modifiers, your reflector, your stands, your A clamp, your card reader, your tripod
and you’re ready to go. So, there you have it. There’s three entry points into the world
of making money with your camera. First one is just about camera and just one
little reflector. Second one is more about strobes to be able
to give you more ability to shoot in different places, different times. And the last one gives you a really nice full-frame
camera that gives you the ability to give you great images and a full, three-point light
system. So, check those out. Figure out which one works best for you. Take a little bit of each if it works for
you to do that. Most of this equipment is gonna last you your
entire career with the exception of the camera and lenses. You probably gonna wanna update those as you
become a little more professional. As you understand, you wanna do different
things, you’re gonna change those out. But the rest of the equipment is gonna last
you pretty much the rest of your career. So, keep those cameras rolling, keep on clicking. If you want just a great work horse lighting
kit, there’s this new StarLite Kit by Photoflex. We’re giving one away now, so get a word with
us at and sign up today. It’s the lights, the softboxes, the stand
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50 thoughts on “Photography Studio Equipment for Beginners

  1. Pro & Cons but Nikon alternative to Canon 6D is the Nikon D610 which has a tad better sensor. You can get all the same lenses mentioned in Nikon mount.

  2. I find the Canon recommendation amusing. I see more people selling their Canon gear than all the other brands combined. On the plus side, beginners can buy into the brand for cheap if they buy used.

  3. Why not use inexpensive speedlights for the second package? You could get more light for the same money. Just curious…

  4. Hello Jay P I have a question. A while back you posted some things you keep in your box. In there you had some thumb screws. They were of a standard type size. Can you tell me what size these were? i wrote it down and go figure I lost the paper. 🙁

  5. hi  .. this is David from Belgium .. i have several quations please add me to your skype .. superman60  my face  thanks

  6. I am currently using an older but still new Nikon D7000, 2x speed lights, reflectors, plus I have on order Sigma 50mm 1.4 and a Sigma 17-70 f2.8. At least I have a good start

  7. The best thing I learned in the beginning , not to become a victim of the marketing business. I kept it simple and 700 dollar studio light system.

  8. Hi, good to see your video. thanks for that. I have a Nikon5200, JJC Flash, JJC Trigger, Octagon Softbox, Stand to mount the Flash.

    What say about this set up???

    Please suggest.


    Samir Samuel David

  9. So, i have two cameras ( one of which is an older Canon but it will do ), tripod, computer – not a Mac, but it will do for now, a location – also something to consider, i just need some bits and pieces like external flashes and studio lights, a printer and i guess i'm ready.
    My other camera is Nikon D7200, but only body, I don't have the Kit lens, so i'm considering the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens – do you recommend it?

  10. I’m set on much of the basic gear and am doing a lot of landscape with my new D850 and D 800. I’d like to get into portraits, and have nIkon Speedlights SB 800, 700, and an old SB 28. I just bought a set of Pocket Wizard flex 5 ttl triggers and am looking for my first strobe and battery pack. I have my eye in the pub Einstein unit…what do you think on the Einstein, and the kit in it’ entirety ? BTW, I have your modifier kit on order From B&HAs I write.

  11. I watched the video till the end and i must say you have explained the features quite nicely. Would definitely share this to my colleague and friends.

  12. the tamron 28-75 is a very good lens, but it is NOT a cropped lens. it is for fullframe bodies. so you gonna lose that wide 28mm that will turn into a 45mm.

  13. Appreciate your effort that you come out with such researched video. You make sure all your points reach us loud and clear and that's impressed me. A huge thumbs, definitely going to recommend my colleague and friends. Waiting for your next video.

  14. great attempt to provide a reliable list of photography equipment. Would like to contribute my own share of experience which I have learned from my 5 years of photography journey. Here is the link where you can get all types of photography tools at a very cost effective price.

  15. I find your videos helpful and easy to watch (unlike some others out there!) When they get to the point of purchasing equipment to set up a studio, I would assume most people are like me and already have the camera. Would love to see a setup video focused more on cost effective lighting / background options in different budgets.

  16. I have a Nikon 3300.8s that ok for starts..I have to get an internet card for it so I can send photos to the laptop and phone.

  17. Lol, there are camera's used and only $200, and Equipment is cheaper that you mentioned.. However always is best to tell drought to your pockets! Divisions of paychecks is important. Some they can't afford to, so you need to be back up B plan..

  18. What is the advantage of using Strobe/Flash…as opposed to a light that just stays on.? Does it save on power and heat to not have the light on all the time.?
    Thank You

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