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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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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 then 1500 posts with Scott sparing no expense to impart his knowledge.

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 and is one of only three websites that made it to the list from my Top 20 Photography Websites.

3 – Chase Jarvis – Twitter – 65,564

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.

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.

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.

6 – Joe McNally – Twitter – 60,933

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. 

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. 

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 and I personally recommend it for anyone looking to change the way they take a photo. 

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, 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. 

10 – Michael Zelbel – Twitter – 26,719

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.

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 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. 

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 and, if that’s your sort of thing, you should definitely check out his work. 

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.

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 his posts can be found here.

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. 

16 – Syl Arena – Twitter – 5,050

What can I say about Sly? 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.

This man 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. 

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’s gone out and videoed folks like Chase Jarvis, Matthew Jordan Smith, Bambi Cantrell and many more.

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 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.

19 – Bob Krist

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 TravelerSmithsonian, 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. 

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.

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  • Such a group of amazing talent!

  • I find it rather inexcusable to have 19 men and one women!
    C’mon clearing you are not looking with eyes wide open.

    Peace,
    MB

    • Why is it inexcusable? As long as the decisions were based on the phtoographs a person takes, and the knowledge they make available rather than on whether they’re male or female then the only inexcusable thing is that more woman aren’t working their butt off to make the list.

      Remember though, the men have had a head start so quite simply, there are going to more men listed than women until they can catch up.

      • Nate

        You really believe that women aren’t working as hard as men? That’s one of the most ignorant statements I’ve heard in a long time. There are tons of hard working, ass busting, and extremely talented female blogger/photographers. I agree that men have been dominant in the photography field until the last few years, but i’m not sure why you’re assuming that men had a head start in blogging, which is what this list was comprised of. What a joke.

        • Can you give me a few name of tons of hard working, ass busting, and extremely talented female blogger/photographers?

          • Female landscape photographer, blogger, one who works her ass off…recently published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. We are out here…

  • Fred Farkel

    Small correction: McNally Tweets all the time. Check him out on Twitter @JoeMcNallyPhoto. With nearly 61,000 followers, he’s one of the top 4 Tweeters on this list.

  • You forgot me! heheh ;0)

  • Thanks for the list, I will work my way through it.
    What about Craig Tanner of The Mindful Eye
    http://www.tmelive.com
    Regards,
    Rob

  • Todd Owyoung http://ishootshows.com and his brother, Chris http://onelouderphoto.com also such as influential photographer bloggers for me. I was thought, you have to add both of them in to your list. Thanks 🙂

  • What a truly interesting list! Many thanks for putting this together – some good inspiraton!

  • Leon

    Great list, very interesting. A best source to learn photography
    Thanks a Lot

  • Hi Josh
    Great list. I have bookmarked “Stuck in Customs” 🙂 I will save it for a quiet moment…
    I am also rarely seen without my camera. I love taking pictures regardless of whether the world thinks they are good or not. Photography is mostly a personal thing, I think and I just love snapping anything from shapes and colours, to animals and scenery.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  • Nice list you have here. I was surprised to notice that I was following about half of them on twitter 🙂
    Great talent here!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Mark

    Jared Polin, seriously?

    • Like I said, love him or hate him.

    • Jaime

      I can’t agree with you more!
      Seriously?
      That guy is very good at…entertaining photographers, but an influential photographer?? come on!

  • Bob

    You forgot to mention that Scott Bourne is the one with the biggest criminal jim jam around: http://www.petapixel.com/2011/05/24/infoworld-writes-on-scam-artist-in-1984/.

    Goes to show what a sham this post is.

  • FStoppers.com – @fstoppers has some great posts and useful information!

  • Ironically I’m familiar with everyone of these blogs except your number one – Scott Bourne. Just don’t know how he escaped my radar. Thanks!

  • So great to see such influential people! Thanks for sharing this!
    I heart Jasmine Star forever! =)

  • Awesome, thanks for this! Jasmine Star has been a favorite for years, glad to see her on here! thanks!

  • Great list. Many I was already following, but a few undiscovered gems. Thanks for sharing.

  • Excellent list. I follow many of these and discovered a few new ones.

    -A

  • Michelle

    Seriously surprised that Zach and Jody Gray of Gray Photography aren’t listed. They may be a couple, but they’re a power couple and do SO much for other photographers. Their blog is incredibly inspiring.

    http://www.grayphotograph.com/blog/

  • TildyMae

    Melissa Jill is AWESOME. She should definately be on here – and J&M Photography as well. They both give back and teach soooo much about photography. But this list seems to focus on men. Jasmine is just such a rockstar she HAS to be on the list : ) But what about other rockstar photogs?? Great list otherwise.

  • Great to see the usual suspects in the line up, but you’ve also turned me on to a few more interesting sites – thanks!

  • Great list, I follow many of this photogs, now I will add a few more to my feed. Thanks.

  • Jasmie Star is an inspirational photographer! I love, love, love her work!

  • Nancy McPeak

    Here’s a couple of women to check out..,Karen Russell and Ree Drummond. Karen Russell has about 1400 people on the waitlist for her online class. I follow moat of the people you mentioned and I will certainly check out the others. Thanks!

    • Rhys

      Gag me- Ree Drummond is NOT a photographer. She’s a billionaire and an internet personality that “Photoshops” pictures. She is absolutely not anyone I’d be looking to for any photography related anything.

  • June

    Thank you for including Jasmine Star! We are totally obsessed with her,

  • Jeesh, what’s a guy gotta do to get a break around here. 😉

  • Joe

    Most influential might be an accurate description if you are just counting numbers, but I guess if you pick up a camera and start blogging you are a photographer. I’m not so sure I would take technical advice from some of them.

    A few on the list might better be described as photo enthusiast bloggers.

    What about Darren Rouse of DPS? I’d also have to vote for the Light Stalking dude just before me.

  • Chris

    How about Erin?

    She has an extensive blog.
    Check her out, and maybe add her to your list!
    http://www.erinwallis.com/blog/2011/06/

  • Andre

    I personally think one of the best instructors around and one hell of a great photographer that was left out is Don Giannatti. I have attended seminars with about half the photographers on your list and they are great in their own way, but man Don Giannatti is hands down my favorite instructor. Talk about a down to earth guy with a lot of knowledge. Arias, McNally, Hobby, Zelbel are top notch instructors and artists but it would be a shame to leave out the Don. http://www.lighting-essentials.com/

  • Do you know why I love this cool post and will bookmark and be back (too much to absorb all in one go)? Because not only are the photographers and their work interesting, but what a great opportunity to catch some hot blog designs 🙂 Love it!

  • This is an awesome post. A great list of inspiring photographers. This a great resource for me.

  • StevenM

    Great list overall, except #1. Scott Bourne loves talking photography, but we never actually see any of his work. His site is full of stock images. His 6 billion (or whatever the current number is) follow him to win a free camera or whatever the handout of the moment happens to be, not because of what he has to say.

  • StevenM

    Trey Ratcliffs blog is amazing! I vote “Stuck in Customs” #1 for content and inspiration. Also, Rick Sammon http://www.ricksammon.info/ should have a place on this list.

  • Robert Wood

    I’d add Daren Rowse of DPS (Digital Photography School). I think he does a lot for photographers at all levels.

  • LOL it’s guaranteed that anytime you mention Scott Bourne Rick Sammon (or one of his butt-boys) is going to post as someone else attacking Bourne. I love Photofocus. One blog you might try is http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/ Vince is a former New York Times photographer who knows his stuff.

    • Yeah, until recently I ranked in Google for the search term ‘Scott Bourne Criminal’ haha

  • michael

    Alfred Scott Bourne? the con artist? no wonder he’s #1

  • amber

    There’s a blog that I like to look at. He’s just starting out but I really like this blog!!
    http://www.buffalozphotographytraining.com/

  • Thanks for this resource, it will help me out for sure. These photographers are inspiring especially Jasmine Star!
     
    Cheers
    <a href=”http://trickphotographyeffects.com/”target=”_top”>Mark</a>

  • shellisherwood

    I was noticing that you used Jared Polin’s personal profile of his twitter followers of 5283, when in fact he mostly uses his FROKNOWSPHOTO to tweet to his followers which has 21,450 followers making him belong farther up the list.  Also Jim Harmer of Improve Photography has a nice following of 7001 and a great podcast as well.

  • WaqasMushtaq

    “To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.” Author : Ansel Adams
    http://www.mariophotography.com.au/

  • Too_Creative

    How Come FStoppers didnt make this List???

    • Too_Creative F-Stoppers isn’t a person. They did come first in my top 20 photography websites 2012 though.

  • I love Trey Ratcliff and Zack Arias for a great editorial works. Their photos are really give high inspiration. Just like me as apprentice photographer hoping that someday to be the best photo journalism.

    Thanks for the ideas that you have researched.

  • Amazing Gadgets

    Thanks for putting these together! Such an amazing inspiration to us photographers who is working our way through 🙂

  • great artists but there is someone missing!

  • Thanks for this! I’m looking forward to visiting everyone on the list ^_^

  • hey! all are looking big shots by looking at their twitter numbers. Let me try to follow and see their quality tweets.
    Thanks

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  • Joe Mcnally is my favorite photographer. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  • Paddy

    Great information, so many wonderful photographers going now it hard to pick. Keep up the good work guys.

    Fantastic

  • A great list thanks and I look forward to frequently visiting most of these sites – I often try to blog post on my website but find that most the time I’m to busy working to keep it up every month and when I do it always comes across as lest of an interest and more like a sales pitch. Lets see if these can inspire me to do better 🙂

  • I love your blog, there is always something interesting to read! Thanks for sharing that!

  • I like your blog,there is always something new information shared it.

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  • Charlie Sink

    Jared Polin is awesome-sauce.
    I really don’t think their twitter followers are relevant though. My favourite photography blog is itsworthashot.com He is barely active on Twitter but his content is top notch.

  • Charlie Sink

    Forgot to lin it: http://itsworthashot.com

  • Hi Amanda here, my profession special event photographer. Really your post is valuable for me. Nice share

  • Love this article, great read!

  • Stefan Karlsson

    I miss Corey Benoit at Faymus Media, Matt Granger, Karl Taylor and Kai Wong at DigitalRev on the list. They are all good sources of inspiration for Photography. At B&H Event space you find Tim Grey and Jeff Cable as great lecturers. I realy like Julianne Costs way of teaching Lightroom.

  • Really great recommendations, will be checking all these out, thanks for sharing!

  • JW

    Lots of great recommendations here! Thanks for sharing!

  • great article,thanks.

  • Thanks for putting these together! All equally amazing blogs you’ve posted here! Thanks for sharing!

  • I should be in this list

  • JD

    An interesting list that I am going to look into further. Seeing as the only one on the list I have ever seen content from to this point is Scott Kelby.

    Calgary Photographer J. Dirom

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  • aitch

    Some great finds in here a shame not to see any professional women photographers though…

    • Aitch

      only the one

  • Great list, please check out my site https://www.louisdallaraphotography.com/ and my blog https://www.louisdallaraphotography.com/blog/
    Thanks

  • Angela Merloi

    https://www.facebook.com/AMephotoss/ just in case you would like to have a look around

    • Alyssa

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Pranjal

    Amazing article. I do like the pictures at CandidShutters.com as well. Think that can be a nice addition.

    • Alyssa

      Thanks for sharing, Pranjal! This is a lovely find.

  • http://www.lukezeme.com Im not in the top 20 most influential photographers but I enjoy sharing my Australian and Sydney Landscape photography on my website, Love for you to come and take a look!.

    Thanks guys and gals

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  • Great post. Some new people to learn from.

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  • Austin Castillo

    Thanks for the list! I am an amateur photographer. My site is http://www.photographymastery.wordpress.com. I’d appreciate any input!

    I just enjoy the art (and science) of photography.