The 15 Best Photography Blogs in 2019
When it comes to photography blogs, there are a lot of talented people and therefore a lot of excellent publications out there. And whether you’re a professional looking to learn more, or you’re a novice photographer interested in getting started, that means there are ultimately so many places to devour tips, tricks, gear recommendations, industry news, and more. Therefore, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a non-exhaustive list (how could we ever distill all of these resources down to just 15?) of the best photography blogs out there to your hunt for information a little bit less daunting. Happy reading!
Let’s kick things off by diving into the deep end. Feature Shoot celebrates photographers as artists, delving into photography’s rich history and culture through the lenses of both the past and the future. This blog also explores what happens when things and people are photographed and “seen.” Consider it a digital coffee table book, and enjoy.
Starting in 2010, Christopher Jobson has built Colossal into one of the largest visual art, design, and culture blogs on the internet. Featuring over 5,000 articles celebrating artists of all sorts, Colossal’s photography section alone is well worth a visit. It’s gorgeous and inspiring and continues with the sort of perspective-building you’d find in Feature Shoot.
Long before there were blogs, readers enjoyed newspapers. And with over a hundred years of history to build on, The New York Times‘ “Lens” column dedicates unparalleled resources to the state of photography around the world — perhaps more than any other publication. Of course, you won’t have to buy a newspaper to learn from it: “Lens” is available online, and you’ll find this column producing engrossing material two or three days a week.
Need a break from wordy analysis? (Photography is all about the pictures, after all.) Serving as a beautiful, curated Instagram-esque feed, Ignant’s photography section primarily features imagery, along with brief introductions to the featured artists. You can learn a lot from merely absorbing what others see and then taking a walk outside with your new set of eyes.
Creative Bloom is similar to the first few blogs on our list, showcasing and interviewing artists. However, it goes a step further, recommending gear and books and also offering career tips. Therefore, you won’t just get inspiration from perusing their content: you’ll even get an education on how to make it yourself.
As the self-proclaimed destination for “Psychology of Creative Photography,” Phoblographer may seem like just another cultural/analytical site. However, like Creative Bloom, this blog includes a lot of great gear reviews and is a place where photography aficionados not only enjoy seeing what their peers are doing, but they also end up learning about gear and dabbling with their own creative practices too.
Many of the world’s most prominent photographers have eye-popping blogs — too many to capture on a list of 15, that’s for sure. However, a list about photo blogs simply wouldn’t be complete without a nod to at least one of them. Combining practical advice with personal reflections on his life, Canadian David duChemin writes books and leads workshops when he’s not having adventures on assignment somewhere far away. His blog reflects all of this work in a really inspiring way.
8. The Strobist
When you check out the Strobist, it’s obvious from its simple layout that this blog has around for a very long time, and with that longevity comes a whole lot of wisdom. The guy who started it, David Hobby, used to be a full-time staff photojournalist for The Baltimore Sun. His primary goal with The Strobist is to help people learn how to add light to their photos, and he does this with classes, books, gear reviews, interviews, and more.
Looking for more education? Photofocus is full-on. With numerous contributors, subjects, gear reviews, podcasts, videos, tutorials, contests, and beyond, Photofocus may be the most comprehensive resource for photographers on the internet. If you have got the photography bug, expect to spend a lot of time here.
10. Two Loves Studio
Here’s a fun one: a blog all about photographing food. Inspired by her photographer husband, Two Loves’ creator, who simply goes by her first name Rachel, quit her 9-5 job and began exploring her own passions. Her work has manifested in this lovely space and has been featured in numerous magazines. Rachel’s eager to share her experiences with others, and her site features classes, blogs, podcasts and more.
11. Joy of Marketing
Sometimes you need a little advice on how to hack it as a successful photographer. Written by Sarah Petty, this content focuses primarily on how to build your photography business, but you’ll also find marketing lessons in here that are useful for studios as well as the event spaces that are renting to them. If you’re looking for practical information on pricing, dealing with clients, budgeting your finances, budgeting your time, and more, this is the blog to check out.
12. The Modern Tog
Like Sarah Petty’s blog, Jamie Swanson writes with a more personal perspective on creating a successful career in photography (her professional journey started with weddings). From practical guides about dealing with finicky social media websites to sharing her opinions on the questions and fears all creative professionals face, Swanson writes like she’s there holding your hand as you embark on your photography career.
13. Art Gallery Blog
If you are a photographer showing your work in public, it’s probably useful to hear about promotion and career development from a gallery’s perspective. While this blog’s focus isn’t solely on photography, the Agora Gallery in New York’s Chelsea district has produced hundreds of helpful articles over the past ten years as different works and artists have filtered through its walls.
The first thing you find when you research photography is that so many experts out there, cited and promoted, are white men. And while their work is stunning and their advice is invaluable, this blog promotes diversity and helps to broaden the field by showcasing the work of talented women.
15. Indian Bloggers
Photography is an international art form, and it’s inspiring to see more of the world from other perspectives. Indian Bloggers is an example of this, showcasing a range of talented Indian photographers and links to their blogs, Twitter feeds, and websites.
This is a relatively concise list of the best photography blogs. If it’s not long enough to satisfy your passion, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of others out there — whether they be inspirational, personal, or practical. It’s clear that photography and its motion picture offspring are the dominant visual art forms today. Almost every human in the world alive today has been photographed. And as long as there are celebrations and stories and products to share, it’s hard to imagine a world without it.