As a self-taught photographer, I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet learning everything I need to know about cameras and how to use them. I’ve spent a lot of time on YouTube at the start of my photography adventure, yet I still find myself going back to some of my favorite channels. I’m always learning from the best in the industry.
Learning photography from YouTube is also a great way to find photography inspiration for times when I’m in a creative block. When I started out in photography, I didn’t really know where to go for photography tutorials or tips. Even to this day, I still haven’t found a proper list to go to for the best places to learn photography. So after some research and years of learning photography myself, here are some of the best photography YouTube channels that I’ve come across!
This list of YouTube photography channels will help you learn all aspects of photography. From finding the right camera gear, proper lighting techniques, and coming up with creative photo ideas. Take a look at the best photographer YouTube videos and be sure to subscribe to these channels so you can stay up-to-date with photography tips!
1. Samuel Elkins
Samuel Elkins is an incredible photographer who boasts a following of over 750k on Instagram – and it’s certainly well deserved. Samuel’s work is fantastic and his versatility between film photography, digital photography, and videography makes him stand out amongst others. Samuel has recently started his YouTube channel where he is posting much more consistently.
Additionally, he covers interesting topics that relate to portrait photography tips, film photography tutorials, and even videos on his typical photography everyday carry. Sam’s channel is currently my favorite photography channel on YouTube and is a must-subscribe for anyone looking to improve or learn photography!
2. Jessica Kobeissi
Jessica Kobeissi is another YouTube photography channel that I find myself coming back to more and more often throughout my career. She is someone who is easy to follow and she covers many photography tutorials and topics.
For example, Jessica publishes videos like “4 photographers shoot the same model”. Videos like these give you great insight and perspective on how other photographers take photos and can help inspire you to try out different styles of photography.
If you’re looking for more fashion and portrait photography tips and tutorials, Jessica’s Kobeissi’s YouTube channel is a must-follow!
3. Mango Street
Mango Street is without a doubt one of the best photography YouTube channels on the platform. There videos are so incredibly well done, but what I like most about Mango Street’s channel is their broad approach to photography videos. On Mango Street’s channel, you’ll find videos about almost every single aspect of photography. You’re not cornered into one specific topic and every time the duo posts a new video, you can take something of value out of the video.
Whether it’s a tip about how to make money with photography or just a simple tip to improve your photography workflow, Mango Street is a channel that EVERY photographer should follow!
4. Julia Trotti
Julia Trotti is a fashion photographer based in Sydney, Australia who runs an amazing YouTube channel about photography. A lot of her videos are based on portrait photos and fashion photography, but I find a lot of the techniques she applies can be used across other realms of photography. For example, one of her top videos is about finding easy photoshoot locations – a topic that I struggled with for a long time.
Julia’s work is amazing and if you are into editorial, fashion, and or portrait photography, then Julia’s YouTube channel would be a perfect place for you to start!
5. Alen Palander
Alen is one of my favorite photographers and if you check out his Instagram feed, you’ll understand why. The consistency in his edits and photography feed is one of the best I’ve seen. His ability to tell a story through a collection of photos is incredibly impressive. To add, Alen’s always pushing to teach his followers new ways and tips to approach photography and more recently he’s been pushing more videos on his YouTube channel.
For someone who puts an incredible amount of time and effort into his photography, the quality of his videos are no different. All of Alen’s videos are so well edited and contain a great mix of cinematics and educational photography material. For these reasons alone, they make Alen’s channel a no-brainer for any photographer and videographer looking to improve.
6. Brandon Woelfel
I’ve covered Brandon Woelfel in previous blog posts, but his work is truly amazing and his creativity is second to none. If you’ve seen any of Brandon’s work, you would know that his use of colors and lighting is one of the best in the industry. His photos are one thing, but it’s super cool to see the behind-the-scenes footage to Mr.Woelfel’s photography. In one of his most popular videos, Brandon participates in the “Dollar Store Photo Challenge” in which he can only use items purchased from the dollar store to create his photos.
Check it out and see how you can create creative photos on a budget! If you’re looking for more creative photography ideas, I’ve wrote a full blog post outlining some of my favorites! I would say Brandon’s videos focus more on creative photography and portrait photography. So, if this is the type of photography you’re looking to improve or get into, Brandon’s YouTube channel will be perfect for you!
7. Peter McKinnon
Peter is the perfect balance between photography and videography. Mr.McKinnon has blown up this year on YouTube and it’s actually not surprising at all. Peter’s approach to photography and filmmaking video tutorials have made him very well-known across the YouTube realm. He produces short and concise videos that provide so much value to the viewer.
What I like about Peter’s YouTube channel is that he doesn’t beat the bush around a subject. Peter gives you exactly what you need to know as a photographer in the shortest amount of time. This gives you more time to apply what you’ve learned from his channel right into your photoshoots!
8. Manny Ortiz
Camera gear doesn’t make a photographer, but it can definitely make a difference in your work. If you’re looking for a YouTube photography channel that leans a bit more on camera gear, then Manny Ortiz is the guy you should be subscribing to. Manny has a great channel where he produces videos that experiment with new gear along with videos that display photoshoots without certain gear. It’s a cool way to see what type of gear produces what and how specific equipment can facilitate better photos.
I love how Manny really simplifies photography. Apart from the gear talk, Manny has some awesome videos that explain common mistakes photographers make and ways you can become a great photographer with less. Sometimes it’s better to learn what you shouldn’t do rather than what you should be doing and Manny’s channel can certainly help on this front.
9. Jessica Whitaker
Easy photography tips for amateur photographers is the perfect tagline for Jessica Whitetaker’s YouTube channel. It’s important to learn the basics and with how complex photography can get, Jessica does a great job of simplifying down complex photography techniques into valuable videos.
If you’re a beginner photographer, Jessica’s channel is a great place to start and her approach to photography is so easy to follow. Photography can be a daunting hobby to get into, but Jessica Whitaker has made it so easy for everyone to get started with her photography YouTube channel.
Bonus: Top Photography YouTube Channels
The 9 Photography YouTube channels that I’ve mentioned above are in my opinion the absolute best on the platform. I love watching photography YouTubers that are all great photographers themselves. All of the channels I’ve mentioned have practiced what they preach and it shows in their work. These are all very diverse photographers and it’s easier to learn from someone who understands photography from more than one perspective, but can also teach photography from more than one perspective.
There are some top YouTube photography channels that I didn’t mention in the initial list, but should have honorable mentions and are worth checking out if you have the time.
The Creator Class
Tony Northrup & Chelsea Northrup
Have any other top photography YouTube channel recommendations? Feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll check them out!