There’s a lot of good material on YouTube for photographers. But because I’m getting old and don’t do awesome and never get “stoked”, I skip those who wave their arms about a lot and wear baseball caps back to front. It’s never a good look. (Neither is hair from 1973.) These days it seems half the photographic world is sponsored by Squarespace and everybody’s getting their teeth whitened. Savvy nonconformists are a dying breed.
Arguably, a number of more popular photographers are getting bogged down in lengthy preambles about not very much. They are really good at elaborate drone fly-overs and slow-motion walks through puddles and ferns. It’s pretty and I’m miffed that I don’t have the skills or equipment to do it. Of course, if I wanted over 250,000 views I could tape a GoPro to my right foot. Sheesh. So I taped an action cam to my vacuum cleaner and I’m pretty sure no one’s watched it but me.
In a nutshell, the most appealing content out there mixes eye-catching footage (and bearable music) with detailed technical explanations in the field and software processing techniques at the computer. We just need measured and helpful content that tries to be interesting and inspirational too.
After years of general viewing, Tony Northrup remains top of my list for the sheer volume of his authoritative output. Some presentations with his better half may occasionally come across disingenuous or smug and grate on you, but he knows his subject. For a good example of his tendency to stay ahead of the game, check out this video.
When I was trying to grasp the complexities of Adobe’s software I found Anthony Morganti, Robin Whalley and Dawn White really helpful. They have a very systematic and structured approach, and don’t talk at 100 mph. Mr Morganti also has a series of tutorials on ON1 Photo RAW software, the program I now use after switching from Lightroom. Other favourites include Practical Photography, ON1 training videos, and the countless lectures and seminars on B & H.
Be sure to also check out Scott Davenport’s channel, Michael Erlewine’s “Close-up, Macro Photography, and Focus Stacking” series, and Adorama’s “Through the Lens” videos. And click on the images below to watch Brenda Tharp and John Greengo share inspiring images and offer practical advice to help take your photography to the next level.
Click on each of the names below to visit a YouTube photography channel. And if you happen to land on this page please email me or leave a comment if you want to share your own suggestions.
- Anthony Morganti
- B & H
- Dawn White Photography
- Maarten Heilbron
- Practical Photography
- Renegade Scot
- Robin Whalley
- Thomas Shahan
- Tony & Chelsea Northrup
- Visual Arts Photography Tutorials