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10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear

Joel Lee 10-04-2017

Photography is a rabbit hole that never ends, an itch that can’t be scratched — and you’re reading this article because you know that all too well. First it was blogs, then it was YouTube channels, now you’re looking for another way to get your talk-about-photography fix.


And I don’t blame you. The photography rabbit hole is fun.

If you’ve run out of content to consume, I recommend podcasts next. It may seem like a mismatch — podcasts are audial, photography is visual — but you’d be surprised how much you can learn by sound alone. And more importantly, you’ll love how entertaining these podcasts are.

1. The Candid Frame

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast candid frame

Available on iTunes and the Web.

The Candid Frame is arguably the most “important” podcast for photographers. Forget about gear reviews, forget about tips and techniques, forget even about success, fame, and profit. There’s no point in pursuing the how or what of photography if you don’t have a solid grip on the why.


Hosted by Ibarionex R. Perello, each one-hour episode is an interview with another photographer. There’s no focus on a particular genre here — all kinds of work, all kinds of motives. It’s beautiful, and if there was only one podcast for all photographers, it would be this one.

2. On Taking Pictures

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast on taking pictures

Available on iTunes and the Web.

Like The Candid Frame, On Taking Pictures is a podcast that focuses on the motives and reasons behind photography. Each episode has a photographer of the week but the format isn’t as interview-centric, and episodes are longer. Whereas The Candid Frame is an hour long, On Taking Pictures regularly hits the 90-minute mark.


On Taking Pictures explores topics like legacies in the photography industry, the science and philosophy of shots, the behind-the-scenes of photographers, and how photography can make life better 7 Ways Photography Can Improve Your Life Today Why learn photography? In short, because it can increase the quality of your life in so many ways. Here's how. Read More . Note that this show can be somewhat meandering, so if you want a dense and targeted podcast, you ought to look elsewhere.

3. Improve Photography

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast improve

Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and the Web.

As the name suggests, Improve Photography is a site all about teaching photography to beginners and intermediates. The podcast is just an extension of that — a way to learn photography, or at least brush up on skills you may have forgotten, using your ears instead of your eyes.


Every episode is a roundtable of photographers, all hosted by the founder of Improve Photography, Jim Harmer. Expect each episode to last anywhere from 30 to 70 minutes. Tips and tricks come from all genres of photography, so if one episode doesn’t interest you, just wait for the next one.

4. So You Want to Be a Photographer

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast so you want photographer

Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and the Web.

This podcast is all about practical advice, encompassing more along the lines of tips for beginner photographers 7 Key Photography Tips for Absolute Beginners These photography tips will help you take better photos, whether you're a beginner or have some practice already. Read More and less about advanced techniques for veterans. Then again, if you’re a veteran, it may still be worth a listen just as a refresher.


So You Want to Be a Photographer is hosted by portrait photographer Gina Milicia and photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo. Each episode, which is anywhere from 30 to 70 minutes long, focuses on a specific technique or aspect. There is lots to learn in this podcast!

5. This Week in Photo

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast twip

Available on Google Play, Android, and the Web.

This Week in Photo is a variety show that’s rooted in photography. Hosted by Frederick van Johnson and Alex Lindsay, plus guests here and there, you’ll find all kinds of content here: news, techniques, gear talk, interviews, and more.

It’s essentially a “week in review” for the world of photography. Episodes are a minimum of 60 minutes long and can reach the two-hour mark, so be prepared to set aside a hefty slice of time with each episode. This show is quite in-depth, though, so the time investment is worth it.

6. PetaPixel Podcast

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast petapixel

Available on iTunes, Android, and the Web.

PetaPixel is one of the best-known websites for photography enthusiasts. It covers everything from gear reviews to practical tips, from newsworthy headlines to inspiring posts from other photographers. The PetaPixel Podcast is all of that distilled into two 30-minute episodes per week.

But beyond all of that, the PetaPixel Podcast is excellent simply because the host, Sharky James, is such a blast to listen to. He’s fun, opinionated, and humorous. It’s the perfect podcast to put on in the morning when, say, commuting to work.

7. CameraLabs Podcast

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast cameralabs

Available on iTunes and the Web.

The CameraLabs Podcast is a gear review podcast, mainly focused on camera bodies. As such, it’s erratically updated — some months may have two or three new episodes, other months may come and go empty. It all depends on what new gear came out, or didn’t come out, that month.

If you’re a newbie, you may want to avoid this one, at least for the first year or two of your photography experience. Instead, we recommend grabbing only the essential gear items for new photographers 9 Essential Photography Gear Items Every Camera Newbie Should Own Many photography accessories are only situational. Here are the most essential gear items, useful for any type of photography. Read More and focusing on technique. Gear won’t matter until you know how to use it properly.

8. PhotoBizX

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast photobizx

Available on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, and the Web.

If you want greater insight into the business side of photography, PhotoBizX (AKA Photo Biz Xposed) is the podcast for you. Each episode is an interview with a successful photographer, and though the focus is on weddings and portraits, you can apply the advice in other photography career paths 5 Most Lucrative Careers for a Budding Photographer Want to make money with photography? There are a lot of potential career paths before you. Here are a few considerations to help you make the right choice. Read More .

What you’ll find is that professional photography comes with many difficulties 4 Hard Truths About Professional Photography (And Solutions) Do you want to start making money with your photography skills? Here are a handful of important considerations to make before taking that leap. Truth is, photography ain't easy. Read More . Not only is it tough to find clients and make money, and not only can it lead you down the self-destructive road of insecurity, but you may even run into photography-related legal issues 5 Legal Issues No Photographer Can Afford to Ignore As fun as it is to take photos, there are important laws to obey. Ignorance is not an excuse, so stay up-to-date before it's too late. Read More . It’s well worth listening to.

9. StreetPX

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast streetpx

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, and the Web.

Interested in the raw side of photography? Then photojournalism may be more your style. And if that’s the case, StreetPX is the podcast for you. Street photography, documentary photography, and other forms of photojournalism take center stage here.

Hosted by RE Casper and Jim Watkins, two photographers from the San Francisco Bay Area, this is an interview podcast where each episode sits down with a photographer and explores their inspirations, motives, and stories. Episodes come out every two weeks.

10. Hashtagged

10 Podcasts Every Photography Enthusiast Needs to Hear photography podcast hashtagged

Available on the Web.

Anyone who’s serious about photography needs to be on Instagram. Skipping out on this social network is a mistake that’ll cost you, foolishly crippling your chances at building an audience of fans and potential clients. Hashtagged is a podcast all about Instagram photographers.

Every episode features an Instagram user and looks at how they got to where they are, what their processes involve, and where they find their ideas. Among all of that, you’ll find advice like smartphone photography tips 10 Simple Tricks to Boost Your Smartphone Photography There are a few tips that are especially useful when you're taking shots with your phone; they'll help you take your pictures from "blah" to "fantastic" in no time! Read More and ways to stand out on Instagram These 10 Tips Will Help You Get Noticed on Instagram If you only have a handful of followers on Instagram and aren't receiving the likes or comments that you want, these tips will definitely help. Read More .

Which Photography Podcasts Do You Listen To?

I know there are plenty of other photography-related podcasts out there that I’ve yet to discover, so if you can think of any that I’ve missed, please share them. I’m always on the lookout for more!

And while you’re at it, consider checking out these must-watch documentaries for photographers 13 Must-Watch Documentaries for Every Wannabe Photographer Being a photographer requires a lot of inspiration, and one effective way to find inspiration is to learn from someone else's story. Here are 12 top photography documentaries. Read More . Most of them are historical and/or biographical, as documentaries tend to be, but they’ll unlock a deeper sense of photography that you may not have realized existed within you.

Hopefully, you found at least one new podcast to listen to in this post. If you have any other podcasts to add to the list, feel free to leave a comment down below.

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    April 12, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Why can't we find such podcasts in Android Smartphones but only on iPhones?
    Is Photography restricted to iPhone lovers?
    All others should keep there laptop open 24x7 to keep connected on these podcasts?
    There are so many excellent developers in Android platform who can produce similar apps of the above.

    • Ya
      April 17, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Podcasts that seemed interesting to me (most from this list) I've found on Podcast addict app. Im sure youll find most (probably all) on Sticher app too.

  2. Andrew
    April 10, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Be nice to get Jim's name rift from Improve Photography. Jim Harmer.

    • Joel Lee
      April 10, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Whoops! Sometimes the fingers don't match the brain. Fixed, thank you. :)