5 favorite photography podcasts to stimulate your learning

Photo by Anthony BrownI know reading is fundamental, but sometimes I just don’t have the time. That’s why I was elated to stumble on photography podcasts about six years ago. I loved that I could download them to my iPod and listen while I drove to and from work, mowed the lawn, or performed any other mindless chore.

In the past six years, iTunes has been flooded with photography podcasts of every format and genre. You can get the latest camera review, learn how to develop black & white film, or follow a step-by-step Photoshop tutorial. Whether you are an enthusiast or professional, you are likely to find a podcast that helps stimulate your learning.

Here are 5 of my favorites:

Photofocus - http://photofocus.com/category/audio-podcast/

Scott Bourne bills his show as the original Q&A podcast. Scott reads and answers questions emailed in to him from listeners around the world. In most shows, he is joined by a co-host who also trades banter and responds to questions. They cover a wide range of beginner to intermediate topics, and Scott seems to be able to go deep on just about any photography-related issue. Lately, it seems he was getting bored “answering the same questions,” so now Scott begins the show by talking about a photography topic and then he closes by answering a couple questions.

Sadly, Scott recently announced that Photofocus will discontinue the podcasts in March. I’m hoping he leaves the more than 100 recorded podcasts online. You can really learn a lot from Scott and his guests.

Note: Photofocus is also a blog and will continue with daily posts at http://photofocus.com/


Tips from the Top Floor - http://www.tipsfromthetopfloor.com/

This was one of the first podcasts I started following in 2006. Back then, Chris Marquartdt was a sound engineer and photography enthusiast recording photography tips and tutorials from the top floor of his home in Tubing, Germany. He covered a wide range of topics in very well-produced segments. Amazingly, he broadcasted about three times per week.

Chris has enjoyed incredible success and now presides over an expansive TFTTF empire. He has a very cool photography app called PocketChris. He also leads workshops around the world. (Who doesn’t these days?) As one of the original podcasters, he still shares interesting information on still photography and video.


The Art of Photography - http://theartofphotography.tv/

Ted Forbes is one of my favorite photo geeks, as The Art of Photography delves not just into photography but art and history. Lately, Ted has been covering practical topics like setting up a photography website and selecting work for your portfolio. You will find he has covered everything from the basics of light and composition to framing on a budget, to developing film. Ted is usually very thorough when he tackles a subject. You’ll see why I branded him a photo geek.


This Week in Photohttp://www.thisweekinphoto.com/

This is a weekly podcast with host Frederick van Johnson leading a round table discussion with two to three professional photographers. They cover everything from industry news to camera gear (often denouncing and reveling in it at the same time). Don’t expect much in terms of tutorials. The show has a photo industry insider feel and frequently nabs big-named guests. Plan to invest 1-2 hours per episode.


The Candid Frame - http://thecandidframe.blogspot.com/

This show features lengthy interviews with photographers on what they do and what inspires them. I find it has an NPR-ish feel.


Do you have favorite podcasts not listed here? Share your thoughts.