If you’ve tried to improve your photography skills or simply get some inspiration, you’ve likely viewed a few YouTube videos. The variety and scope of camera reviews and photography tips and tricks on YouTube is staggering. There are hundreds of quality channels designed to help photographers and videographers perfect their craft.
I’m a self-taught photographer and YouTube has played an important role in my learning. Over the past year or so, I’ve subscribed to a few hundred channels that I browse daily. I have refined this list of channels down to the 10 YouTubers who I watch the most. In no particular order, I have compiled this list below and on my YouTube channel.
Which channel (or channels) can’t you live without? Who pushes your creative skills? Who inspires you to forge ahead when you’re feeling like you don’t have any creative energy left in you? Add your pick to the comments below or on my YouTube channel.
Canadian Peter McKinnon posts some really easy to follow and fun Photoshop and Lightroom videos on his channel. He gives tips about new gear and on retouching techniques and in one video he even shows how make objects float in your photos. The wide variety of topics McKinnon tackles in his tutorials illuminate essential skills every photographer should hone.
Peter McKinnon’s channel is relatively new on the scene. On his channel he describes himself as: “I teach things about photography and cinematography. Oh, I also VLOG. 🙂 And drink coffee. Lots of coffee.”
His videos are very informative and entertaining to watch, but what always seems to stands out in his videos are their cinematic quality. Each video is a short story. He’s a master storyteller. And I think that’s why he has gained such popularity.
One of the genres of photography that I find the most stunning is landscape photography. Thomas Heaton has a special way of making the viewer feel as if they are in the landscape themselves.
This is what Thomas Heaton accomplishes with his photography skills, and his mission behind his tutorials is to get you to that level too.
His breathtaking shots of exotic and remote locations in his portfolio would inspire anyone to grab their camera, go outside and start shooting.
Irene Rudnyk is a young and innovative photographer from Calgary, Canada. Her channel is a great starting point for all photo enthusiasts out there. She takes a very practical step-by-step approach with each of her videos and she gives you a behind the scenes look into her photoshoots, shows you Photoshop tips and she always creates exquisite DIY crafts.
Irene debunks the myth that portrait and fashion photographers always need an elaborate and expensive lighting setup. She shows her viewers that it’s possible to produce great results in an indoor setting with natural light just streaming in through the window.
WeeklyImogen is another great YouTube channel for new photographers. The channel guides you through helpful photoshoot tips for those who are just starting out. A wide variety of techniques are covered, like how to put a model at ease, using a reflector, which lenses to use, lighting techniques, and using props in your photography.
Jason Lanier is an award-winning photographer who I highly recommend you need to follow. He is an award-winning wedding, portrait, landscape, wildlife, and photojournalism photographer.
His YouTube channel takes you on some of his photo shoots, as he shows you the type of gear he uses and gives you access to super helpful workshops. Jason is an accomplished speaker and presenter in the photography industry as well as a Sony Artisan of Imagery and Rotolight Master of Light who also teaches photographers how to pursue their dreams and master their photography.
If you are familiar with the photography vlogging community on YouTube, you have probably heard of Kaiman Wong, or “Kai W“. He was the face of DigitalRev TV for 7 years until he struck out on his own a little over a year ago.
Kai’s vibrant personality is way more than just entertaining. He’s laugh-out-loud funny but at the heart of each of his videos is solid content that photographers at any skill level would find valuable.
He focusses mainly on gear and he’s very passionate about his reviews. I think a lot of people find his style appealing because he doesn’t censor himself and he definitely wouldn’t recommend a product that he wouldn’t use himself.
Matt Granger is a professional photographer and teacher from Australia. Matt mainly reviews gear on his YouTube channel, like cameras, lenses, drones and other products. His channel is also a good one to check out to find out about different competitions and freebies. Matt also provides various how-to videos for shooting a variety of subjects.
Ted Forbes’ YouTube channel is brimming with passion for all things photography. On his channel, you’ll find an Artist Series chronicling famous photographers, a series of videos covering the history of photography, and invaluable tips and tricks from Forbes himself. His videos range from camera and lens reviews to lessons from some of the world’s best photographers. Ted updates his channel weekly to “provide a 360° look into the world of making images”. He pushes beyond photography basics and elevates viewers’ knowledge of photography, the history of photography and composition techniques.
Kayleigh June is only 24 years old and she has made a name for herself as one to watch as an up-and-coming fashion and portrait photographer. She goes beyond the typical photography tutorials and has created a series on her channel called The Business of Photography in which June breaks down how to start a photography business and how to manage your time professionally.
A travel photography channel that I highly recommend you visit is by professional photographer Brendan van Son. His channel gives you a behind the scenes look into the day in the life of a travel photographer. Mostly vlog style, always photography related.
Brendan is from a small town in Canada called Rocky Mountain House. His travel photography and adventure travel vlog is an amazing channel for learning photography for anyone at any level. His adventures have taken him around the world and his work has been in a number of major publications such as The Guardian and his travels themselves have also been featured in various major media outlets such as the BBC, National Geographic Traveler, and others.