My Favourite YouTube Channels…whats yours? Let us know in the comments section.
Those who have been here before will note that I have added and extra 2 sections on the right hand column. For the first time reader I direct your attention to the two sections in the sidebar entitled “Fav YouTube Channels” and “Video Of The Week”.
There is no special order to the channels list, its just the way I put them in the section.
Like a good many of us I suspect I spend far to much time watching entertaining and informative YouTube providers ( usually when its too cold or wet ). I do find that its worthwhile as theres always something to learn and new ways of looking at how you approach your hobby/passion for photography. Whether you are geared more towards the art of creating the image or you have an added interest in the technology and where its heading there is something for most of us. There are a good deal more content providers out there but over the last one to two years I find myself gravitating more to the people in the list. If your arent familiar with any of these people read on as I will give you a brief idea of what each channels is about.
Whats in a name? Well the title Three Blind Men And An Elephant sure got my attention with a really wacky name. Great commentary here on a large number of topics. Quite metropolitan in style and presentation, very stylish. I enjoy Hugh’s monologue’s, they are roughly 20 minutes in length and work well with a cup of coffee. This channel is a husband and wife team effort with content and style for everyone to enjoy.
Matt Ballard runs a very informative gear series with sections on more fundamental camera techniques and shooting tips. A very prolific provider known for answering a lot of viewer question in regards to camera gear and photographic techniques. If you are looking for how a certain camera performs there’s most likely something here and if not send him in your question, with any luck you will get a reply.
Ted Forbes is a passionate photographer making videos about photography. He covers a huge range of topics and reports & reviews camera gear as well. The site is pitched more towards the art of creating the image from setting up the shot to printing it at your local print shop and high end photo print studio. He can be quite contentious at times but his passion for the craft is never in doubt. A very slick and well polished video style just adds to the overall quality of this channel.
Another husband and wife team, the Northrup’s provide a massive wealth of knowledge, reviews and viewer interaction with their live podcasts. The live shows normally feature images from subscribers as well as interesting guests. At over a million subscribers and growing, they have struck a formula that works well and the sheer number of tutorials that are provided free is excellent for the beginner to follow. As this is what they do full time there are numerous links to products and services they provide. You may find something extra you like after visiting their channel. At the recent Nikon “Z” camera launch they did a preliminary report that has seen them get a little flack for their findings and they have an interesting response video to that criticism. A very professional production and well worth the watch.
Not a lot needs to be said here. A gear-centric channel, The addition of Chris & Jordan, formerly of The Camera Store TV, has breathed new life into this section of DPReviews website & services. I’ve watched Chris & Jordans reports for a number of years and have found a generally unbiased and straightforward reporting style when testing out new gear. Early days for this channel, but it should only get better as they get their hands on a bigger range of gear.
The oddball of the bunch, Kai W has a style all his own. A obviously talented photographer, his quirky and humour filled presentation style reminds me of the more eclectic TV commentator/narrator style of the 70″s & 80’s, slightly flippant and irreverent but at the core right on the money and hes not scared to call a lemon a lemon when he’s given one. Take a walk with a slightly surreal feel with Kai W and his channel for a different approach to the cameras of today and yesteryear. Well worth the watch.
Once the preserve of Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake the mantle has been passed to Evelyn Drake & Dave Paul. Like anyone stepping in to fill the gap these two will continue to bring a new style and focus to the TCSTV channel. It will be interesting to see how they progress over time.
A relatively new addition to the YouTube world James Popsys brings a style to the world of photography I find refreshing. A working photographer who has taken the leapt to a full-time content provider with a very English laid back style. His warts and all style of delivery is more akin to the types of happenings that the average enthusiast encounters, and he doesn’t mind including his own gaffs in a very tongue in cheek way. Arguably one of the best British orientated YouTube channels I have found to date.
Without doubt there are more channels worthy of a look and if I had the time I would, however theres only so many hours in any given day so I have to limit myself. Hopefully you will find as I have that the links provided will given you inspiration in your photography endeavours.