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List updated January 2020
Tired of listening to the same music at the gym or during road trips? Try a photography podcast!
These are the podcasts that I listen to for photography inspiration. Most of them are heavy on the philosophical & anecdotal side. While the tech is important, I ultimately believe that it’s the philosophy that will make you a better photographer. A $2,000 lens is only as good as the $50 photographer, right?
What these podcasts are not:
- Gear reviews. Listening to talk about MTF curves for 20 minutes puts me to sleep and won’t make anyone a better photographer. Yes, some of these podcasts do include the occasional gear-related episode, but for the most part, they’re not hour-long billboards.
- Chitchat and small talk. Again, there are only so many hours in the day. Most of us want to make the most of our available time.
- “Dead” podcasts. There are a number of excellent podcasts you should listen to that are no longer active. I wanted to include a lot of these, maybe I will someday in a later list, but the following podcasts are all still creating new content as of January 2020.
So without further ado, these are the top photography podcasts on my playlist
Master photographer and educator Brooks Jensen records short, easily-digestible musings about the future of photography, philosophy on art, marketing, etc. Seriously, each episode only lasts a few minutes, but you’ll ponder the content for the rest of the day.
This podcast has been around since 2004 and claims to be the longest-running photography podcast ever. Actually, there weren’t even iPods when the first episodes came out so they were more of just mini audio blogs.
The other day he started talking about how he got in trouble with his wife for throwing away the chicken carcass as she was trying to make chicken soup, and not keeping it for the pot. Where is this going? Then he went into an anecdote about letting your photography stew to bring out maximum flavor, and it really got me thinking. He’s really helped push the creative side of my brain.
2. The Candid Frame
The Candid Frame is another extremely long-running photography podcast, having been around since 2006. I think this speaks to its quality.
Photographer and educator Ibarionex Perello invites both well-known and obscure photographers to this interview format. The photographers run the gamut of genres and styles, and to be honest, I do skip some episodes if the photographer is talking about things I’m not interested in.
But Ibarionex is a wonderful interviewer, able to pull some great information and insight out of these photographers. Many of them talk about their projects, how they got started, and philosophical views of humanity and art. It’s a great podcast to get ideas for your own photography and just general inspiration.
3. Master Photography Roundtable Podcast
The Master Photography Podcast is a roundtable-type podcast that has sprung off of the original Improve Photography podcast network (as in Photo Taco).
The hosts are humble, knowledgable, and ask great questions. They offer great tips on portraits, travel, lighting, business, processing, etc. – virtually all aspects of photography. Some may not apply to you but you’ll love the ones that do.
4. The Digital Story Photography Podcast
Derrick Story is a fun & easy photographer to listen to and is known as “the nimble photographer.” He packs light and specializes in low-footprint travel photography. Right up my alley!
Derrick features a wide range of practical tips about improving your photography. Every now and then he’ll venture into gear and current events, but overall he’ll leave you with some great ideas to ponder.
New episodes come out every week and run roughly 30 minutes in length.
5. The Business of Photography
I told myself I wouldn’t have any business podcasts on this list. But this podcast really hits on the philosophical side of business and can be applied to any discipline of photography, pro or not.
These podcasts, brought to you by the folks who developed the popular Sprout Studio photography business suite, are each around 30 minutes. The tips they offer, intertwined with photography talk, will not only make you a better photographer but will also improve your measurable success as a photographer.
If you wish to make money as a photographer, no matter what you shoot, you’ll get great insight out of this photography podcast.
Here are a few more photography podcasts that I love to listen to, and they’d be included in the above list if there was more room.
Hit the Streets with Valérie Jardin: Street photographer Valérie Jardin has a number of great guests who talk about storytelling, technique, ethics, and creativity. It’s a great source of inspiration and know-how for all photographers. And I’m not biased towards it because I was a guest 🙂
FujiLove Podcast: This is the best podcast for Fujifilm owners (I didn’t include it in my top five only to make the list more generic). There’s a new host, and you’ll find some inspiration and learn a lot about how to use your Fujifilm camera to its maximum potential.
This Week in Photo (TWiP): The name may fool you. This podcast does feature a lot of current events, but he also has some great interviews and roundtable-style discussions. Some parts of certain episodes will really apply to you, while others won’t, so that’s why it’s not in the main list.
PetaPixel Photography Podcast: Sharky James is a fun guy to listen to and runs down the latest news from the photography world and adds in some gear reviews. Entertaining and contains some useful information, but a lot of it is irrelevant to me so I skip through it. Still, I don’t miss an episode.
What are your favorite photography podcasts? Leave ’em in the comments below and I’ll check it out if I haven’t heard it.