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.
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20 – Frederick Van – Twitter – 12,356
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.
19 – Bob Krist
Bob is another writer at Pixiq and 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.
18 – Alex Koloskov – Twitter – 2,323
Often people see a shot and wonder how it’s done. This man gives you the answer.
He posts his own photos 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.
17 – Marc Silber – Twitter – 2,545
Marc updates his website almost every day and within his writing stands some really insightful knowledge.
The best way to learn photography is from the pro’s and that’s exactly what he’s done. He went out and videoed folks like Chase Jarvis, Matthew Jordan Smith, Bambi Cantrell and many more.
What can I say about Syl? I think very highly of this man and am a big fan of his book – so much so that it made my Top 20 Photography Books post – and his website is equally good.
He knows how to light a photo and he wastes no time teaching others how to do it just as well. If you have some spare time, it’s well worth dedicating a photo session to some of his techniques.
15 – Trey Ratcliff – Twitter – 21,613
Trey’s website StuckInCustoms.com has become the #1 Travel Photography Blog on the internet.
On average, the photos get 175,000 views per day and over 60 million in total; quite an astounding feat for any man. His website promises a photo from him every single day and it certainly delivers.
It’s a great website, just don’t make the same mistake I did and enter it when you’re supposed to be doing something else – it’s incredibly addictive.
14 – Damien Franco – Twitter – 30,294
This very simple blog contains some vital gems for photography.
Damien has made a real name for himself on the internet through his blog, twitter and his writing at the very popular pixiq.com. He writes very regularly there and you can find his posts here.
13 – Jared Polin – Twitter – 5,283
If you’re looking to learn more about shooting in RAW, this is the guy to go to.
On his site you’ll find all of the usual information, with the addition of extensive knowledge of post production in RAW and an excellent YouTube video series to learn from.
Jared has the ability to influence with ease due to his bold attitude towards photography. He’s a bit of a love him or hate him (or should I say, RAW or jpeg) kind of guy.
12 – Zack Arias – Twitter – 29,337
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. If that’s your sort of thing too, you should definitely check out his work.
11 – David duChemin – Twitter – 14,754
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. He’s also 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.
10 – Michael Zelbel – Twitter – 26,719
Michael is a photographer from Dusseldorf, Germany and specializes 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.
9 – Jasmine Star – Twitter – 29,461
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. It’s no surprise she’s on this list.
Wedding photography is a great way to turn pro as a photographer. 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.
8 – Jeremy Cowart – Twitter – 34,586
At his core, Jeremy loves to make art.
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. I personally recommend it for anyone looking to change the way they take a photo.
7 – Scott Kelby – Twitter – 43,416
Right behind Joe with 2 books on my Top 20 Photography Books post is Scott Kelby: processing extraordinaire.
Scott founded KelbyTraining.com, is the editor-in-chief for Photoshop User magazine and is president of NAPP – National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
Widely respected as one of the masters in his field, it’s well worth having a look at his blog.
6 – Joe McNally – Twitter – 60,933
Joe actually has 3 books on my Top 20 Photography Books post. 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 that’s easy for everyone to understand.
5 – Gary Arndt – Twitter – 100,183
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.
He’s also one of only two people on this list to be found on Time Magazine’s top 25 Blogs of 2010.
4 – Thomas Hawk – Twitter – 18,224
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.
3 – Chase Jarvis – Twitter – 65,564
Chase Jarvis is a brand and he knows 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 earned him recognition from the International Photography community. Take some time and have a look through his website and videos – they’re great.
2 – David Hobby – Twitter – 45,007
David started out as a photojournalist and made his way into writing online back in 1995.
Since then, this website has grown, gaining its huge on-line monthly readership of over 300,000 photographers from 175 countries. It was named one of the 25 Best Blogs of 2010 by Time Magazine.
Strobist is an expansive website that focuses on lighting techniques to improve your photography. It’s one of only three websites that made it to the list from my Top 20 Photography Websites.
1 – Scott Bourne – Twitter – 101,523
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 than 1500 posts with Scott sparing no expense to impart his knowledge.
Next, read our post on how to set up your own photography blog and get more clients.