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
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
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. 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
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
This podcast is all about practical advice, encompassing more along the lines of tips for beginner photographers 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
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
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
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 and focusing on technique. Gear won’t matter until you know how to use it properly.
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.
What you’ll find is that professional photography comes with many difficulties. 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. It’s well worth listening to.
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.
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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 and ways to stand out on Instagram.
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. 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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