Being heavily influenced by the work of other photographers is something I try to avoid. It’s not because of ego, it’s because I tend to become overwhelmed too quickly with ideas and concepts and the possibility of future projects. But every now and then, I have a day where I want to see what everyone else is up to and I’ll spend some time on YouTube watching other photographers work and pick up a few tips here and there.
My one bit of advice though, is to keep it light and don’t get too technically heavy into the world of photography related YouTube videos. You can have all the right gear, know all the tech, get the right equipment and software and still be a crappy photographer. Figure out what you like to shoot and follow photographers who shoot similar subjects.
Here are a few channels that I follow*, and sometimes even watch, in no particular order:
mitchellkphotos: Mitchell is an Australian professional travel, documentary photographer and an adventurer who freely gives tips and tutorials and behind the scenes looks at his work.
Sean Tucker: is a UK photographer who has a philosophical approach to making images. More about capturing images than technical issues.
The Bite Shot: Joanie is a professional food photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her own self-taught photography journey was a challenge, so in 2017 she created the Bite Shot as a resource for people starting out in food photography.
Jamie Windsor: A UK photographer who is full of tips. He focuses on teaching the art of photography rather than being an overly gear-heavy channel.
Mango Street: In their own words, “Photography tutorials that don’t waste your time.”
The Art of Photography: Ted Forbes produces videos on youtube to provide a 360 degree look into the world of making images. His channel covers famous photographers, photography techniques, composition, the history of photography and more.
Jonna Jinton: More of an experiential filmmaker/vlogger, I love her nature imagery and her philosophy of living in nature.
Thomas Heaton: talks mostly about landscape photography.
*I follow these from my Found Space/s account.
If there is a photographer you think we should be following on YouTube, give them a shout out in the comments!