Nowadays it is possible to become a fantastic photographer just with free resources. And one of the best places to learn and get inspiration for your next photoshoot is on YouTube.
Several photographers have visited the platform in recent years to document their travels and share the skills they have acquired. Some have either made it their full-time job or earned a decent extra income from YouTube.
If you don’t know who to subscribe to, we’re here for you. Below are eight photography YouTubers to check out.
Evan Ranft is a photographer from Atlanta, Georgia. He has posted over 300 videos since 2016 and exceeded the 300,000 subscriber mark.
Ranft’s channel is a well-rounded mix of videos that will come in handy when starting your own photography business. He documents his trip in vlogs, tests new photo equipment and gives tips on technical and business aspects.
In addition to YouTube, Ranft is also active on Twitter and Instagram – both of which offer unique insights into his life.
Sean Tucker is a photographer from South Africa but he has been living in the UK for some time. In 2021 he moved from London to Yorkshire in northern England.
While many of the YouTubers on this list mostly share vlog content, Tucker’s channel mostly features sit-down videos. He discusses photography from a philosophical perspective and many of the tips he gives apply to everyday life outside of the craft.
Aside from being therapeutic, another benefit of Tucker’s videos is that you don’t necessarily have to “watch” them; They’re just as valuable if you listen to them like you would on a podcast.
Joe Allam is a British travel photographer who lives in London but has a penchant for Japan. Most of Allam’s videos are vlogs with a heavy focus on photography. A lot of it comes from abroad, but he also posts content exploring his hometown.
In addition to the travel vlogs, Allam gives helpful tips on structuring travel photo shoots and various photo gadget reviews. You can also find some useful videos that offer advice on the post-production process.
Like Sean Tucker, Allam is relatively active on Instagram and Twitter – so it’s worth following him on these two platforms too.
Another photographer with a strong affinity for Japan is Pat Kay, who lives in Sydney, Australia. Kay is a travel photographer who has shot in several countries including Norway and New Zealand.
Kay started his YouTube channel in 2020 and has attracted more than 80,000 subscribers in just over a year. He hasn’t been able to travel much recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, he shared helpful tips and tutorials in many of his recent videos.
Kay delves deeper into the technicalities that make a great photo. He discusses various topics including color theory and contrast in images. In addition, he also talks about equipment and more.
In late 2021, Kay mentioned that he plans to move to Japan and create more relaxed content while exploring.
This Icelandic guy is a photographer and YouTuber who, as you may have guessed, is from Iceland. He lives in Sweden with his girlfriend and their child and has several vlogs from both Stockholm and his homeland.
That Icelandic Guy has an extensive catalog of excellent tutorials on how to edit photos in Adobe Lightroom on his YouTube channel. He also gives tips on building better videos with Adobe Premiere Pro.
This Icelander also shares valuable tips on monetizing other areas of photography and how to get an audience on social media. Speaking of social media: In addition to YouTube, he is active on both TikTok and Instagram.
Alen Palander lives in Canada and works as a creative director in addition to his photography and YouTube work. His photos have a very atmospheric atmosphere and his films are designed to evoke the same emotions.
Palander shares a wide variety of videos on his channel. On Lightroom, along with its commercial photoshoots and behind-the-scenes look, you’ll also find editing tips.
Palander also shares advice on how to become a better YouTuber, with a few vlogs for safety.
Pierre Lambert is a French photographer who now lives in Chicago. As of December 2021, he has over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Lambert shares entertaining videos on a wide variety of photography genres. His challenges are fun and include things like taking photos of strangers and five minute photo challenges from around the world.
In addition to the challenges, Lambert gives helpful tips for beginners – both for better images and for later editing. He also has several tutorials for portrait and street photography.
Canada is a hotbed for successful YouTubers, and Chris Hau is one of the best when it comes to the platform’s photography. He has shared over 200 videos and has more than 520,000 subscribers on his channel.
Hau shares various product reviews on professional and smartphone cameras. He also gives his insights into Instagram trends and gives a balanced opinion in the process.
Hau also has several valuable videos on YouTube monetization and business governance in general on his channel. If you scroll down to its older content, you’ll find movie clips too if that’s what you want.
Get inspiration from the best photographers on YouTube
Photography is one of the best ways to discover great people you would never have otherwise. And while you can take inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest, neither are necessarily as good at absorbing valuable information as YouTube is.
The photo YouTubers that we have listed in this article give a lot of valuable insights, offer entertainment and show a peek behind the scenes of their daily work. After you’ve seen and subscribed to them all, why not try to become the next big hit yourself?
Starting a successful YouTube channel can be tough, but if you follow these tips you will be ahead of the times!
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