13 Must-follow Photography Channels on YouTube

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Learning photography by only reading books and articles may give you a hard time understand the terms, settings and how to really apply it. But there are a number of videos online that will literally walk you through from operating your camera to applying the correct settings to achieve the perfect shot you want. Here’s some photography channels on YouTube that you can follow for tips, tutorials, and inspiration:

1. B&H Photo Video

B&H operates the largest camera store in the US and currently has its YouTube channel containing over over 1,300 videos with 50 million views. Videos range from short tips and tricks to hour-long lectures given by experts at the B&H Event Space.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. The 15 Features of Your DSLR That Every Photographer Should Know
  2. 1200mm Canon 5.6 L Super Telephoto Lens
  3. In Camera Artistry: Using Any Light Source

2. DigitalRevTV

The YouTube Channel of Hong Kong based online store and social network DigitalRev is often referred as the “Top Gear of photography.” The 600+ videos have gotten over 280 million views and attracted over 1.4 million subscribers, making it one of the most-watched photography programs on the Web.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. Nikon D3S vs. Canon EOS 1D Mark IV – Which one’s better?
  2. How to do Levitation Photography
  3. 5 Reasons Why You Need a 50mm lens


COOPH or Cooperative of Photography, is an online magazine and store for photographers. Its relatively new YouTube channel attracted over 30 million views in about 10 videos thanks to most of them going viral online. The videos are mostly tips and ideas that most people can use to enjoy photography.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. 7 Smartphone Photography Tips & Tricks
  2. 7 Simple Photography Hacks
  3. 9 Photo Composition Tips (feat. Steve McCurry)

4. The  Camera Store TV

The Canada-based camera store has a channel filled with hands-on videos and reviews of the latest cameras. The channel offers a look at what using each camera is like out in the real world.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. Battle At F-Stop Ridge
  2. Fuji HS20 Vs. DSLR Shootout
  3. Canon 5D MK III vs Nikon D800 with Nathan Elson

5. Phlearn

If you love to learn how to edit photos using Photoshop, Phlearn runs one of the most popular channels under this topic. Most of its videos teach a specific technique and are about 5 to 20 minutes in duration.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. How to Create Facial Hair in Photoshop
  2. How to Remove Anything from a Photo in Photoshop
  3. How to Remove Acne in Photoshop

6. Thomas Heaton

Thomas Heaton is a landscape, travel and outdoor photographer who regularly publishes vlogs from his travel on his channel.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. Solo Wild Camping & Landscape Photography on Location – Lake District Cloud Inversion
  2. Landscape Photography On Location: Iceland. Snaefellsnes, Mývatn, Jökulsárlón. Midnight Sun.
  3. Landscape Photography on Location: Full shoot; Planning, Processing & Print. Sunrise, Derwent Water.

7. The Art of Photography

Created by photographer Ted Forbes, The Art of Photography is a YouTube show that offers a “360 degree look into the world of making images.” Forbes talks about everything from famous photographers and the history of photography to photography composition and techniques.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. Nikon D7100 Review
  2. Sony A5100 :: The Best Deal In Photography?
  3. Medium Format Photography

8. Mike Browne

Photographer Mike Browne is an educator who post videos with tips, techniques, and tutorials “to help you make better photos.” New videos are published every Friday, and his goal is to communicate contents in a simple, clear, and concise way for people who are just starting out to easily digest.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. Photography Tutorial – How to photograph a fast car in motion
  2. Photography Tip – Don’t zoom – MOVE! Focal Length
  3. Canon EOS 60D Review

9. SLR Lounge

SLR Lounge publishes weekly videos on photography tutorials, reviews, and interviews.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. Creating Professional Photography w/ $30 Reflectors
  2. The Best Way to Learn Photography
  3. The Ultimate Lomo Effect Photoshop Tutorial

10. Backcountry Gallery

Steve Perry of Backcountry Gallery runs a channel that shares easy-to-digest tips and tricks for nature photographers. Simple lessons are presented in videos that are generally about 10 to 15 minutes long.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. How To Use AF-On And Back Button Autofocus
  2. How To Photograph Star Trails – And Post Process
  3. How To Use A Polarizing Filter

11. Adorama TV

The New York City-based camera store Adorama has a YouTube channel that’s loaded with over 1,500 videos. Sifting through such a mountain of content can be hard, but things are organized into playlists so you can pick and choose — there are beginner, intermediate, and advanced tutorials.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. Balancing Flash with Low Ambient Light
  2. Aries BlackBird X10 Drone: An Introduction
  3. Digital Photography 1 on 1: Using Natural Light

12. Matt Granger

Photographer Matt Granger has built up a channel of over 400,000 subscribers by posting over 1,500 videos with photography tips, tricks, and reviews across most major camera brands.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. LIVE Photoshoot – Single light portraits
  2. Best Portrait lens? 85mm vs 70-200mm
  3. Best 70-200mm f2.8 lens

13. Tony Northrup

Husband and wife photography duo Tony and Chelsea Northrup run a popular YouTube channelwith the goal of helping people master photography. It’s one of YouTube’s fastest growing photography channels, and new tips, tutorials, and reviews are published multiple times a week.

The 3 most popular videos in this channel:

  1. Bird and Wildlife Photography Equipment
  2. Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, & Light Explained
  3. Tamron 150-600 f/5-f/6.3 Review