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We have done several spotlight posts over the past few months paying tribute to the very many different types of photographers out there. From landscape to macro, we’ve nearly covered it all but there is one type of photographer that is often forgotten about: Youtube Photographers.
Youtube photographers are usually not just photographers, they are also videographers, video editors, storytellers and tv personalities. There’s so much behind the scenes work that go into cultivating a well-craft Youtube channel so this week, we want to share some of our favourite Youtube photography channels we just can’t get enough of.
Pierre Lambert is a French-born photographer living in Chicago who focuses mostly on street photography. He has a lot of great tips on what type of equipment is best for street photography and his point of view videos really take you on a journey so you feel like you’re in the streets with him. If you’ve wanted to venture into street photography but not sure how, check him out!
Brendan van Son is a Canadian born photographer now living in Europe. His channel is heavily focused on travel photography so watching his videos will either help cure your wanderlust or make it worse! His videos cover it all from advice on how to make it as a professional photographer to tips on photographing some of the most iconic travel locations to even tips on how to photograph your pets. He has a pet rabbit so you know it's going to be unique!
Dunna is another Canadian photographer who ambitiously puts out a new video every week on a range of topics from flying a drone in cold weather to understanding colour grading. He talks a lot about gear but also takes his viewers on some adventures too.
You’ve gotta give it to the Brits. They really have nailed the entertaining landscape photography Youtube format. We’ve been big fans of James’ YouTube channel for a while now. James identifies more with adventure photography which is a lot like landscape photography except, in his words, “I don't like tripods, long exposures or golden hour, and I don't have any patience…” James’ wit and humour are a dangerously addictive combo so if you find yourself spending hours on his channel, just know you’re not alone.
Andy is a Portugal-based photographer who, in non-Covid times, spends much of his year travelling and capturing beautiful landscapes all over the world. He also loves teaching and leads group and individual workshops for other keen landscape photographers keen to learn. His videos are filled with cinematic footage mixed with a thorough explanation of how he photographed a specific location.
Gavin Hardcastle is the British photographer behind Fototripper, a Youtube channel focused on landscape photography adventures. Gavin’s channel is both hilarious and informational and he seamlessly mixes in helpful photography tips with sketch comedy. His channel is truly one of the most unique photography channels we’ve seen in a long time.
Henry is another great photographer from Britain who takes his audience with him as he tours around northwest England and the surrounds. Like many photographers, Henry fell in love with photography whilst travelling and has been growing his craft and sharing his adventures ever since. His videos are a great mix of techy gear deep dives and thoughtful compositions which he always takes time to explain. This is a great channel to learn about composition and understanding the thought process behind a photograph.
Brittany Leigh is the photographer behind the YouTube channel Snapchick. Her channel is all about photography as an art form and as a lifestyle, with a healthy dose of technology thrown in. From gear reviews to tips to improve your photography, she covers it all. Unlike many photographers on this list, Brittany’s channel transcends landscape photography so you’ll also get some exposure to modelling, wildlife, editing and so much more.
Adam is an English-born photographer who is keen on adventure. Like many photographers, he found his love of photography came from his pure enjoyment of being outdoors and wanting to capture the beauty he saw. For him, photography is an extension of the outdoor experience so if you’re looking for a channel that takes you out into the field on a regular basis to help understand different photography techniques, this is the channel for you.
David is a landscape photographer, Youtuber and podcaster who’s focused on helping new photographers hone their skills. From what type of lens to use, to how to photograph a certain location, to post-processing tips and tricks, his channel breaks down everything you need to know as a beginner photographer. If you love in-depth interviews with some of the biggest names in photography, give his podcast, The Landscape Photography Show, a listen too!
Simon Booth is a British photographer who has been in the game for over 30 years. He’s recently ventured into the YouTube realm and has already contributed so much to those looking to improve their photography via Youtube. Simon’s channel is heavy on education so it’s not uncommon to see him point out exactly what he’s photographing and what he’s trying to achieve with his image. His videos provide a good mix of landscape photography from woodland settings to macro scenes. We love watching his channel and gleaning tips for our own photography.
Trond is a Norwegian nature photographer whose Youtube channel is all about wildlife photography. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get an amazing photograph of a bird, look no further. It’s not uncommon to see Trond decked out head to toe in cameo patiently waiting for his subject to arrive. We find his type of photography and his videos oddly meditative and give us so much respect for wildlife photographers and the patience they show.
Rachel is an American wildlife photographer who’s channel is filled with infectious enthusiasm and joy. She manages to find beautiful things to photograph no matter where she’s at, whether it’s in her own backyard or out in a national park. She mainly photographers wildlife photography which includes a bit of macro as well. Her videos do a great job of explaining her thought process and mapping out exactly how she got the shot.
For photographers who looking to get up close and personal with the smaller things in life, check out Micael Widell’s Youtube channel! It’s filled with videos on how to improve your macrophotography whether you're shooting flowers, insects, water droplets, or anything else that requires a magnifying glass. His channel also delves into a bit of portrait photography as well as lens reviews.
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