How do you effectively learn and grow? I like to use podcasts to improve certain skills and knowledge. Specifically photography podcasts. Some may even ask “what IS a podcast?” (and I’ll ask you where you’ve been for the last 10 years.) Let’s start there. A podcast is a broadcast distributed digitally through a network or system like iTunes, or just available for download on a website. These can be video or just audio… I love the video ones. You can still learn a LOT just by listening though… and there are some very high quality podcasts that are audio ONLY. People ask me OFTEN what’s on my list, so I decided to make one. Here’s my list of favorite photography podcasts. I’ll also list where I listen to them. The first show listed here is placed intentionally… otherwise this is not a ranked list. (Unless subconsciously.)
1. JPEG 2 RAW –
weekly LIVE video podcast and discussions with working photographers of varying backgrounds… Landscape, portrait, wedding, sports. This show tops my list because of the community that surrounds it. I really believe we have one of the best photo groups on Facebook. It’s also LIVE + video. I also appear on this show from time to time which is always quite fun. 🙂 You can find this show just about ANYWHERE but I listen on iTunes, Stitcher radio (my favorite), YouTube, and the websitewww.Jpeg2raw.com
2. This Week in Photo (TWiP)
-this is a very consistent audio-only photography podcast with knowledgeable hosts and high production value. The main host Frederick Van Johnson was actually trained as Military Public Affairs (like me) which is pretty cool. This show features high quality interviews with working professionals, news, gear reviews, and a healthy dose of opinion from time to time. but not too much. This show has regular international guests… I think that’s a huge plus, because it helps you get a more global perspective regarding photography news. I listen on iTunes or Stitcher.
3. Digital Photography Cafe
– VIDEO! This is such a great video podcast. They are available on pretty much everything from iTunes, Xbox, Stitcher, to TiVo and more… they deserve all the success they’ve seen because of their consistent high quality broadcasts. It’s two guys in a casual setting talking photography. This show is Mostly news and Commentary. No interviews except for special event coverage. They answer listener questions and do some gear reviews but as I said, Mostly news and commentary. This show always seems like it’s over too soon… then you have to wait another week for the next episode.
4. Fro Knows Photo RAW Talk
– Um… this one comes with a disclaimer. Explicit language sometimes. Jared Polin is a good photographer who got a lot of experience early on. He’s not conceited, but the dude is good and he knows it. VERY VERY VERY opinionated show. His “Keep it Real” style commentary WILL rub some people the wrong way. There are several things I’ve disagreed with him about… ALL THAT SAID, He deserves to be heard. Even if you hate the way he says something , often he’s right about it. Jared has put in hard work to get to where he is, and there’s a lot of value in most of what he has to say. And yes, it’s a white guy with a huge afro. iTunes + Stitcher. AUDIO ONLY. There’s also a plethora of YouTube videos… that’s where he earned his fan base.
5. Improve Photography
– I’ve never participated in this community but I know the podcast STEMS from a main website which has existed for a while. The host seems like a friendly dude. Seriously, I just want to hang out downtown and shoot some street photography with him. He does some gear reviews but he MOSTLY talks about specific skills and techniques in photography based on listener questions. iTunes + Stitcher. AUDIO ONLY.
6. Photobiz Xposed
– GREAT photo podcast! Dude is Austrailian and in the states we believe EVERYTHING sounds better in an Australian accent. Great production quality with interviews from high-level international working pros. When I say High-level… I mean these are wedding and/or port raid photographers who earn THOUSANDS per portrait session. There are tips some of these people use that you would not believe… some even fly in the face of conventional wisdom. It really goes to show that each business really DOES have a life of it’s own. iTunes + Stitcher, AUDIO ONLY
7. Digital Photo Experience
This show slows it down. In a GOOD way. These are a couple of older guys who have valuable experience from slide and film days to now. They run workshops regularly and spill a lot of that info onto this weekly podcast. It’s largely commentary, some news, and some gear reviews. They’re mostly landscape and wildlife photography -which I’m not. Wildlife really doesn’t do it for me, but I can completely respect the dedication, process, and technique. Especially for fast moving animals or places that are hard to get to. They’ve got good commentary that speaks to photography as a whole. the CRAFT of making an image. They also have an active Google Plus community (which I don’t participate in much because it seems to be mostly landscape and wildlife)
8. For Wedding Photographers
– Very short commentary from a guy in New York. Genuine guy who’s been at it for a while and shares tips that work for his business. Again they’re short. Like 6-12 minutes usually.Just quick tips… take ‘em or leave ‘em. iTunes + Stitcher. AUDIO ONLY.
9. Ready Steady Pro
– Another good international show. Fairly new, but includes detailed interviews with working pros iTunes + Stitcher. AUDIO ONLY.