Learning photography takes time, and it’s all the more enjoyable if you can pick it up at your own pace. It’s in situations like these that YouTube comes in handy.
There’s plenty of channels out there that are dedicated to this topic, and many that cater for those who are new to the craft by breaking down the many aspects of photography into small, easy-to-digest video segments.
Here’s a list of YouTube channels that will help inspire as well as improve your photography skills (in no particular order):
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COOPH or The Cooperative Of Photography has only a handful of videos on their channel so far, but they’re worth watching because there’s lots of practical photography tips and tricks that you can put to use right away. Videos of interest include 7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Objects.
AdoramaTV provides instructional videos about photography that are suitable for shutterbugs of all experience levels, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or a pro.
Their Beginner Tutorials playlist alone consists of 244 videos so there’s lots you can pick up from here.
3. SLR Lounge
If you’re one of those who have taken the plunge and gotten yourself a DSLR camera, then this channel may come in handy for you.
In particular, playlists such as Photography 101 | Master Manual Mode and Lighting 101 | Best Way To Learn Flash Photography would be of interest. You can also branch out into other related areas of interest such as tutorials for post processing software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom which are also available on this channel.
Daniel Ignacio P. Mojica, also known as Nico Mojica, is a young designer living in Manila, Philippines who is responsible for the CamCrunch channel. He seeks to teach and inspire others about photography and also to learn from others in the online community.
Glean some wisdom from his candid discussions about photography through videos like Try Everything (Then Specialize) – Photography Tutorial and Deliberate, Daily Practice + CamCrunch 365 – Photography Tutorial.
5. B and H
It’s a little harder navigating through this channel to get to the photography tutorials as there’s lots of other kinds of videos in there including product showcases and reviews. You can find relevant content by heading straight for the Photography playlist. Videos labelled “FocusEd” are the most relevant if you’re a novice.
If running your own professional photography business ais a dream of yours, then there’s plenty of interesting tips to be gleaned from these videos. I found the “Mistakes to Avoid as a Beginner Photographer” video especially educational.
Joshua Cripps, official photographer for the Nikon D750, specialises in landscape photography so if you’re looking to delve deeper into this area, then you may be interested to learn a few things from him here.
Examples of videos, which are often delivered with a dash of humour, include The Top 5 Most Common Mistakes in Landscape Photography and Get a Perfect Exposure Every Time – Better Landscape Photos.
Photographer and filmmaker, Ted Forbes updates this channel weekly to “provide a 360° look into the world of making images”. Besides the usual fare of photography basics, you can also catch other videos that can help to further enhance your knowledge in photography such as those in the History of Photography or Composition in Photography playlists.
9. Matt Granger
Matt Granger is a portrait photographer and educator who hails from Sydney, Australia. You can check out his Educating Tina playlist for tips on what you need to know if you’re starting out as a photographer. There’s also a Buying Guides playlist which may come in handy if you’re looking to expand your stash of photography tools.
10. PhotoRec Toby
Photographer Toby Gelston is from Southern Vermont, US. He provides his very own set of recommendations and advice on not just on how to shoot better photos, but also offers specific guidance for certain camera models including the Nikon D5200, Canon 70D and others.
His aptly named Start Here For Better Photos playlist is a good place to head to when you first visit his channel.
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Christian Tudor, a professional portrait photographer based in Sydney, Australia. He has a personal belief that he can teach anyone photography in just 2 weeks so check out his collection of videos and see if you agree. Tips found in his Posing Guide, Fashion and Maternity & Pregnancy Photography playlists may come in handy.
Mark Wallace, the person behind the snapfactory, is a fashion photographer and photography instructor. Watch his Digital Photography: One on One playlist which was created to answer questions that were posed to him about photography in order to further hone your skills.
This channel is an educational resource on both photography and filmmaking that was created by MAC Group. Topics of interest addressed in their videos includes Why Should I Use A Tripod?
Gorky M, a director, photographer and producer based in India, is the man behind GMax Studios. Watch his Learn Photography playlist to grasp the basics in photography.