Welcome to 'Foto Inspiration Friday', the series in which I not only use a rarely used alternate spelling of photo for the sake of alliteration, but I share with you anything and everything I find inspirational, be it a person, an image, a song, a quote, a place, a pizza...ok, maybe not a pizza but you get the point. The focus of this weeks 'Foto Inspiration Friday' is Tony and Chelsea Northrup.
I watch a lot of YouTube...seriously a lot...think the amount teenage girls watching the YouTubers you see in the paper watch! The large majority of this, when not watching animals being cute or people being dumb (it's not my fault, it's advertised in the trending section!), is taken up with photography related content. Some time ago while watching said photography related content I was 'suggested' a video by Tony and Chelsea, quite possibly a 'Tony & Chelsea Live', or rather 'News, Booze & Reviews' as it was known then...and the rest as they say, is history.
Tony and Chelsea, with the assistance of the talented Justin and Siobhan put out a c**p ton of content on their YouTube channel! They publish tutorials, reviews, Q&A's and gear tests multiple times a week, as well as a live show once a week...they also have books and a website. I won't get into the in's and out's of the 'regular' videos, you can probably all work out what's involved with them. What differentiates them from most other photography channels on YouTube is their weekly live show. The live show has a large emphasis on community participation, with Tony and Chelsea looking at viewers portfolios, single images based on a weekly theme, and answering questions, all of which are sent in live during the show. Whilst viewing the works, and answering the questions, they offer advice in a friendly, personable, albeit occasionally tipsy way...their other videos are personable too, but missing the booze...I assume!
The quality, and quantity of their content makes them a great resource for photographers of all levels, and their relaxed yet informative nature makes them an easy watch...put it this way, when I talk photography my wife's eyes, despite her best efforts, glaze over. She can however, without such a reaction, watch Tony and Chelsea's show.