I’ve written about gear, books, and websites; now it’s time to talk about bloggers.
This post is all about photographers who take the time to blog in order to help other people learn. Finding the most influential photographer bloggers is no easy task; there’s no scale on which measure influence. It’s all about finding the most popular blogs and most talented photographers.
I think I’ve just about done it.
This order is based on how much I use a site, how easy it is to navigate and how good the content is but, if you think we’ve missed a site you love, let us know in a comment at the bottom.
Scott has been writing about photography at this URL since 1998 and has a huge twitter following of over 100,000 – it’s no wonder that he’s at the top of our list.
Photofocus posts at least once a day and is a one-stop online media site for serious amateur and emerging professionals interested in learning more about photography.
The bulk of its posts are tips, tricks, news and reviews, aided by interviews with prominent photographers, educational screencasts and a very active community of engaged readers who regularly comment.
This mammoth website contains more then 1500 posts with Scott sparing no expense to impart his knowledge.
Chase Jarvis is a brand and he know’s how to sell it.
He’s a fantastic photographer; I’ve previously linked to one of Chase’s videos because he’s well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist.
He is widely recognised for re-imagining, examining, and redefining the intersection of art and popular culture through still and moving pictures.
Commercial work for brands such as Nike, Pepsi, Volvo, Reebok, Apple, and Red Bull have earned him recognition from the International Photography community. Take some time and have a look through his website and videos – they’re great.
Thomas is all over the internet; an avid blogger and social networker.
His blog covers a wide spectrum of topics from law to technique. Take some time and have a good look through some of his posts – you’ll be inspired. He’s got a following of over 45,000 RSS feed followers through google reader alone, so I’m clearly not the only person who thinks this.
This website was started back in 2007 when Gary decided to up sticks and travel the world, visiting over 95 countries so far.
The result of this expedition is this widely followed blog and huge fan base: over 100,000 twitter followers.
Gary’s personality shines through in his writing on this blog, which is more of a personal diary and photo album than anything. He’s an inspiration to everyone and widely respected in the photographic community.
Joe actually has 3 books on my Top 20 Photography Books post, so it’s no wonder he’s made it into my list of favourite bloggers.
He’s got a very large twitter following and a strong list of RSS subscribers who regularly view and comment on his content. He’s gifted with the ability of excellent photography combined with a way of explaining it in a way that’s easy for everyone to understand.
Starting out as a designer, Jeremy only really began taking pictures to bring texture into his design work. Before he knew it, he loved photography (and was getting paid to do it).
So, in April of 2005, Jeremy switched over to full time photography and has never looked back.
Over a relatively short period, Jeremy earned the respect of artists, photographers, and celebrities alike. His blog provides insight as to how he does what he does and I personally recommend it for anyone looking to change the way they take a photo.
She’s been labeled a Top 10 Wedding Photographer by American Photo Magazine and one of the Top 5 Most Influential Photographers by PDN Magazine, so it’s no surprise she’s made this list.
Wedding photography is a great way to turn pro as a photographer and Jasmine knows exactly what she’s talking about when it comes to weddings. With her many ways of communicating through Facebook, Twitter and her blog, she’s become more then just a photographer; she’s an online personality.
Michael is a photographer from Duesseldorf, Germany and specialises in artistic nude photography and lighting.
His expansive twitter following means that he manages to reach many people and influence them on their choice of lighting and techniques. I’ve personally been using his website for a tip or two to help with a couple of posts I have in the works.
David duChemin is a world & humanitarian photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader.
David blogs regularly on his website and has a strong number of subscribers due to his variety of posts and styles of writing. His podcasts are popular within the photographic community and he’s made a real name for himself through his three books.
Add this to your RSS feed and you won’t be disappointed; time and time again I find myself on his website.
Zack Arias is an editorial music photographer based in Atlanta, GA.
He’s been working in the music industry for the past seven years and is now branching into more editorial work and advertising.
His style and approach is simple, straightforward, bold, classic, true, and straight from the camera. That last bit is something I relate to very strongly and, if that’s your sort of thing, you should definitely check out his work.
Often people see a shot and wonder how it’s done; this man gives you the answer.
He posts photos that he’s taken and (very kindly) shares all the information on lighting setups and how he took the shot. He also shares gear reviews, tutorials, tips and behind the scenes videos from his photo sessions.
Bob is another writer at Pixiq and is widely considered an authority in photography.
Bob is a freelance photographer who works regularly on assignments for various magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and Islands.
These assignments have taken him to all seven continents and have won awards in the Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. Amongst all of this, he’s not above teaching others and giving a helping hand where people need it.
Frederick Van Johnson is a professional photographer. He is host of “This Week in Photography”, one of the world’s most popular photography-related podcasts, and regularly lectures and conducts training on topics ranging from marketing and business to photographic technique.
I personally love the podcast and his work and I reckon most people will too, so give his website a little look.
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