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Do You Buy Photography Magazines? [POLL]

A reader emailed me last week to say that since subscribing to our weekly newsletter that he’s stopped reading photography magazines. Wow – what a compliment that was!

It got me thinking – are photography magazines as popular as they once were? If the numbers of them in my local news stand are anything to go by they are still very popular but I’d be interested to hear if people are reading them in our community and if so – which ones are your favorites. Here’s a poll:

Do You Buy Photography Magazines?

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If you do read photography magazines – which ones are your favorites? If you don’t – where else do you get your fix of photography learning?

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://jmpavlic.shutterpoint.com Joseph

    I read “Outdoor Photographer” and “PC Photo” (which appears to be transitioning to become “Digital Photo”).
    I receive both magazines by subscription.

  • Bill Powers

    I think everybody that has been exposed to the photography magazines from the UK, and the US prefers the former–and so do I. Digita Photo (“Britain’s Best -Selling Photo Magazine”) is the best photography magazine I have ceme across–ever. I buy an occasional copy when it had a particularly good CD Rom that goes with it (and all issues have them).

  • Martin Oberg

    I subscribe to Digital Camera (English and my favorite), and Outdoor Photographer.

  • Wes

    I pick up Popular Photography every once in awhile – if there’s an article I’m interested in. Same with any other photo magazine. But mostly I get my “how-to’s” from DPS or from the Olympus website. I do scan a few other sites as well but none are as good as DPS!

  • timochenko

    I read popular photography, but DPS is my favorite pkace to read about photography.

  • Gilly

    Photo Review Australia
    Australian Photography
    Camera
    Occaisionally American Photo and some of the UK magazines.

  • Janet

    I subscribed to Popular Photography through a fundraiser at the school where I work – I got 2 years for $20.00 – what a bargain eh.

    Other than that I get your newsletter, with all the information and tips available on your site, who needs anything else???

  • Freebie

    I subscripe to Popular Photography because they keep giving it to me really cheap, but for the most part I find their articles technically beyond my skills. I’ve learned a lot more from DPS and classes I take locally.

  • tacgurl

    I subscribe to Outdoor Photography, but every couple of months I go to B & N & read all the British mags. They are so much better than most other US photo mags. If I find a topic I like, I buy it. For online, DPS is it!

  • tacgurl

    Oh, forgot to mention, my other favorite photo mag by subscription was JPG. It went under, but is supposedly coming back. Hope so, great photos! And, nothing but photos.

  • http://great-images.webs.com Phil Grierson

    I subscribe to Popular Photography, Shutterbug and American Photo. I also read a lot about photography from many sources online. So many choices and so little time. As long as I can learn new things I will get out and shoot.

  • Steve Turnbull

    I buy Amateur Photographer most weeks. It has recently changed its style and does more in the way of ‘how to’ articles which are well written. I buy other random mags if there is anything of interest on the cover – a recent issue of Professional Photographer was good as it had some insight into make a rather plain portrait into something special by making the skin tones almost white.

    Another good magazine I bought for an article on Bob Carlos Clarke was the British Journal of Photography. It’s a weekly magazine, aimed at professionals I guess, with news on the business side of things as well as articles such as the Clarke one – a good magazine in my opinion…

  • Clayton

    I subscribe to PopPhoto and PC Photo (the latter because of the integration of computing and photography topics). Subscribing is much cheaper than picking up the occasional copy! I’ve looked at Shutterbug at a friend’s house: we both think it’s really improved since being acquired by Petersen’s. For me, sites like DPS (which I love) and magazines complement each other.

  • Frank

    I subscribe to Shutterbug Mag, but I also subscribed to your course and find that I get more information from your newsletter then I do from the magazine.

  • Kirk

    I also go to the local book store (Barnes and Noble) and seek out a mag or two. I like the UK publications for their camera-specific tutorials. Very hands on and usually a cd with video tuts as well. I used to subscribe to many magazines (Digital Photo Pro, Landscape Photography, Shutterbug and others. And while there were some informative articles and enjoyable photography, they were like better than 50% advertisments. Now, I go to the book store and browse; if I want it I’ll buy it. It used to seem that a subscription was the bang for the buck, but through experiencing several mags I would say the pick and choose method is better now.

  • joesocwork

    Recently while I was waiting at a meeting I curled up with what I think was Outdoor Photography. I told my colleagues that I bought it for the pictures! :)

  • dave carson

    Outdoor Photography is my fav. Love the photos and articles too.

  • pictureperfect

    I usually buy Popular Photography. They have good tips. I have subscribed to their subsidiary American Photo, but they don’t hit home for me. There just aren’t enough tips, although it seems to be more of a photo showcase than a “how-to” mag. Might get a copy of Outdoor Photography just to see what it’s like.

  • George E. Norkus

    Since most of them are about three months late compaired to whats on the internet, I purchase an occaisional one for example reasons and to bring in the “Reading Room”.

  • http://www.flickr.com/alyshot Alyson

    I don’t but magazines. When i do come across one , i tend to read as much of it as possible and research as much as possible based on what’s the new topic. I live in Barbados, so photography mags are VERY FEW AND FAR between here. When u do see them , they’re expensive

  • http://pamelahelmephotography.com Pam

    I love Pop Photography, Shutterbug and Photo District News. I also think every photographer could use the occasional National Geographic.

  • Sherry

    I love the magazines, it keeps me full of fresh shooting ideas, and I enjoy the reviews of the latest items.
    Mostly I use them for the post processing tips/techniques and practice CD’s that come with the mags.

    My favorites are Outdoor photographer, Popular Photography, Digital SLR User Magazine and Photo Plus (from the UK) because it is a Canon dedicated publication which lets me learn more tricks with my 40d

  • Bob D’A

    I buy Digital Photo (UK) and Digital Camera (UK) every month. Their tutorial disks are worth the price as well as their Photoshop instructional articles. I recently resubscribed (after many years) to Popular Photography and American Photo under ‘cut-rate’ deals. They are SOO comercial, non-instructive, and ‘shallow’ in terms of instructive material. I usually throw them away after 45 minutes of reading. The UK mags, are kept in a library as instructional materials. I don’t know of any US mag that has upgraded my knowledge.

  • http://www.stoneriverphoto.com Les

    I have a free subscription to Rangefinder and read it regularly. It’s the only one magazine I read. I follow a couple of photographer’s blogs for ideas, primarily John Pyle (http://johnpylephotoblog.com) and the Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com).

  • John W.

    I get Popular Photography once a month. My problem with magazines like this is that everythiing they talk about and show are far off places and retired people like me can’t afford things like that. So, I will not renew my subsription.

Some older comments

  • John W.

    October 3, 2009 09:35 am

    I get Popular Photography once a month. My problem with magazines like this is that everythiing they talk about and show are far off places and retired people like me can't afford things like that. So, I will not renew my subsription.

  • Les

    July 2, 2009 05:08 am

    I have a free subscription to Rangefinder and read it regularly. It's the only one magazine I read. I follow a couple of photographer's blogs for ideas, primarily John Pyle (http://johnpylephotoblog.com) and the Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com).

  • Bob D'A

    June 22, 2009 10:56 am

    I buy Digital Photo (UK) and Digital Camera (UK) every month. Their tutorial disks are worth the price as well as their Photoshop instructional articles. I recently resubscribed (after many years) to Popular Photography and American Photo under 'cut-rate' deals. They are SOO comercial, non-instructive, and 'shallow' in terms of instructive material. I usually throw them away after 45 minutes of reading. The UK mags, are kept in a library as instructional materials. I don't know of any US mag that has upgraded my knowledge.

  • Sherry

    May 28, 2009 12:04 am

    I love the magazines, it keeps me full of fresh shooting ideas, and I enjoy the reviews of the latest items.
    Mostly I use them for the post processing tips/techniques and practice CD's that come with the mags.

    My favorites are Outdoor photographer, Popular Photography, Digital SLR User Magazine and Photo Plus (from the UK) because it is a Canon dedicated publication which lets me learn more tricks with my 40d

  • Pam

    May 25, 2009 02:22 am

    I love Pop Photography, Shutterbug and Photo District News. I also think every photographer could use the occasional National Geographic.

  • Alyson

    May 24, 2009 03:41 am

    I don't but magazines. When i do come across one , i tend to read as much of it as possible and research as much as possible based on what's the new topic. I live in Barbados, so photography mags are VERY FEW AND FAR between here. When u do see them , they're expensive

  • George E. Norkus

    May 23, 2009 09:42 pm

    Since most of them are about three months late compaired to whats on the internet, I purchase an occaisional one for example reasons and to bring in the "Reading Room".

  • pictureperfect

    May 23, 2009 02:41 pm

    I usually buy Popular Photography. They have good tips. I have subscribed to their subsidiary American Photo, but they don't hit home for me. There just aren't enough tips, although it seems to be more of a photo showcase than a "how-to" mag. Might get a copy of Outdoor Photography just to see what it's like.

  • dave carson

    May 23, 2009 07:07 am

    Outdoor Photography is my fav. Love the photos and articles too.

  • joesocwork

    May 23, 2009 06:24 am

    Recently while I was waiting at a meeting I curled up with what I think was Outdoor Photography. I told my colleagues that I bought it for the pictures! :)

  • Kirk

    May 23, 2009 12:39 am

    I also go to the local book store (Barnes and Noble) and seek out a mag or two. I like the UK publications for their camera-specific tutorials. Very hands on and usually a cd with video tuts as well. I used to subscribe to many magazines (Digital Photo Pro, Landscape Photography, Shutterbug and others. And while there were some informative articles and enjoyable photography, they were like better than 50% advertisments. Now, I go to the book store and browse; if I want it I'll buy it. It used to seem that a subscription was the bang for the buck, but through experiencing several mags I would say the pick and choose method is better now.

  • Frank

    May 22, 2009 09:59 pm

    I subscribe to Shutterbug Mag, but I also subscribed to your course and find that I get more information from your newsletter then I do from the magazine.

  • Clayton

    May 22, 2009 08:28 pm

    I subscribe to PopPhoto and PC Photo (the latter because of the integration of computing and photography topics). Subscribing is much cheaper than picking up the occasional copy! I've looked at Shutterbug at a friend's house: we both think it's really improved since being acquired by Petersen's. For me, sites like DPS (which I love) and magazines complement each other.

  • Steve Turnbull

    May 22, 2009 07:42 pm

    I buy Amateur Photographer most weeks. It has recently changed its style and does more in the way of 'how to' articles which are well written. I buy other random mags if there is anything of interest on the cover - a recent issue of Professional Photographer was good as it had some insight into make a rather plain portrait into something special by making the skin tones almost white.

    Another good magazine I bought for an article on Bob Carlos Clarke was the British Journal of Photography. It's a weekly magazine, aimed at professionals I guess, with news on the business side of things as well as articles such as the Clarke one - a good magazine in my opinion...

  • Phil Grierson

    May 22, 2009 03:49 pm

    I subscribe to Popular Photography, Shutterbug and American Photo. I also read a lot about photography from many sources online. So many choices and so little time. As long as I can learn new things I will get out and shoot.

  • tacgurl

    May 22, 2009 03:21 pm

    Oh, forgot to mention, my other favorite photo mag by subscription was JPG. It went under, but is supposedly coming back. Hope so, great photos! And, nothing but photos.

  • tacgurl

    May 22, 2009 03:17 pm

    I subscribe to Outdoor Photography, but every couple of months I go to B & N & read all the British mags. They are so much better than most other US photo mags. If I find a topic I like, I buy it. For online, DPS is it!

  • Freebie

    May 22, 2009 02:24 pm

    I subscripe to Popular Photography because they keep giving it to me really cheap, but for the most part I find their articles technically beyond my skills. I've learned a lot more from DPS and classes I take locally.

  • Janet

    May 22, 2009 01:41 pm

    I subscribed to Popular Photography through a fundraiser at the school where I work - I got 2 years for $20.00 - what a bargain eh.

    Other than that I get your newsletter, with all the information and tips available on your site, who needs anything else???

  • Gilly

    May 22, 2009 12:13 pm

    Photo Review Australia
    Australian Photography
    Camera
    Occaisionally American Photo and some of the UK magazines.

  • timochenko

    May 22, 2009 11:18 am

    I read popular photography, but DPS is my favorite pkace to read about photography.

  • Wes

    May 22, 2009 09:07 am

    I pick up Popular Photography every once in awhile - if there's an article I'm interested in. Same with any other photo magazine. But mostly I get my "how-to's" from DPS or from the Olympus website. I do scan a few other sites as well but none are as good as DPS!

  • Martin Oberg

    May 22, 2009 08:36 am

    I subscribe to Digital Camera (English and my favorite), and Outdoor Photographer.

  • Bill Powers

    May 22, 2009 08:31 am

    I think everybody that has been exposed to the photography magazines from the UK, and the US prefers the former--and so do I. Digita Photo ("Britain's Best -Selling Photo Magazine") is the best photography magazine I have ceme across--ever. I buy an occasional copy when it had a particularly good CD Rom that goes with it (and all issues have them).

  • Joseph

    May 22, 2009 08:06 am

    I read "Outdoor Photographer" and "PC Photo" (which appears to be transitioning to become "Digital Photo").
    I receive both magazines by subscription.

  • rockycreek

    May 22, 2009 07:56 am

    What can be better than curling up on the lounge in front of the fire and reading through a magazine with all those glossy pages and beautiful photos. I dream. It is more tactile. The internet is good too but magazines have an intimacy and ability to read anywhere.

  • Tiger

    May 22, 2009 06:31 am

    Read a few in waiting rooms sometimes, only have purchased buying guides, get most of my tips from reading online and especially from fellow photographers. Did recently buy a good book on HDR photography but already got third place in a HDR creative challenge without even looking at the book.

  • Murray Schwartz

    May 22, 2009 06:21 am

    I have been getting Pop,Shutterbug & Outdoor. I will not renew Pop I do like outdoor Shutterbug is a little too heavy for my needsI enjoy your articles since finding you . I do my own printing & sell some photos .
    My newest venture is lecturing to Independent Living,Assisted Living groups as intrerest for them Its very rewarding as I show my work .Nature & Flowers . Being in South Florida there is always something in bloom .Especially Orchids.(my favorite) Keep the info coming
    Thanks Murray

  • Jack

    May 22, 2009 05:33 am

    I subscribe to two U.K. publications: "Digital Photo" and "Practical Photography". They usually ship with accompanying cd's having excellent tutorials containing shooting tips and Photoshop exercises. Well worth the subscription costs, which provides substantive savings over newsstand prices, and they are enjoyable and enlightening reads.
    I also subscribe to "Photoshop User" but as an amateur photographer and pensioner am finding that their equipment recommendations are far too rich and sophisticated for my needs.

  • MDBPhoto

    May 22, 2009 05:29 am

    Jim,
    I agree, but the spelling! Colour?

  • Ian Woodrow

    May 22, 2009 05:28 am

    I live in UK and just subscribe to Digital Camera. I have found that most magazines will eventually cover most subjects, so I just stick to this one.

    I go to the USA about twice a year and pick up copies of Popular Photo and Shutterbug whilst I am there. It is something to read while my wife is shopping. I am always amazed at how many UK mags make their way into Barnes & Noble or Borders.

  • John Yoder

    May 22, 2009 05:10 am

    I Proffesional Photographer, also while not strictly photo magazines I buy the wedding magazines. These give me the links and ideas to keep up to date on what is happening

  • Molardaddy

    May 22, 2009 03:37 am

    Popular Photography. Last issue had some great articles in it. DPS by far is my favorite online magazine. I love the fact it comes out every week with a lot of useful information. Thanks DPS!

  • Roger

    May 22, 2009 03:15 am

    Like many of the above, I have gone almost exclusively to reading the UK magazines. I currently subscribe to Digital Photo, Digital Photographer, and Digital Camera, and purchase others at Barnes and Noble, even thought they are much more expensive than the US mags. I did subscribe to Shutterbug, Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, and PC Photo...but have not renewed my subscription to any of them, except Outdoor Photographer. I find the UK ones much more informative than any of the US journals, with much more technical and useful info. Most of the American ones are reviews of the latest cameras and lenses (and I already have both!) with the articles by in large being rehashes of the equipment manufacturers press releases, and precious little on photo techniques, etc. As I told members of my photo club the other day, I can glean all the info from the US mags in about 5 minutes, whereas I can sit down and spend 2 hours or more with the UK ones.

  • Michael Goffin

    May 22, 2009 02:57 am

    I get so much more from your articles and don't have to deal with the pages of advertisements in the magazines, so I don't buy them anymore.

    How 'bout some articles about Nikon Capture NX2? I use it for my editing and love it. I'm sure that there are things about it that I haven't yet discovered, so I would look forward to seeing info about it on your site.

    Thanks.
    Michael

  • Cindy

    May 22, 2009 02:53 am

    I don't buy the magazines because they are typically overloaded with advertising, although I must admit that it was through a magazine ad that I learned of the excellent custom-made camera cases from SkyTop Trading. Beyond that, however, most of my instruction comes via the Web or books.

  • Jim

    May 22, 2009 02:46 am

    I find that the Photography Mag's from the UK to be Outstanding, pricey but far better than ANYTHING in the USA. Always full of great articles and the Images are outstanding because they don't skimp on paper Qualtity.

  • Fred Gary

    May 22, 2009 02:43 am

    I usually get 3 or 4 magazines a month and like John from the 15th. I like the UK magazines the best but they are much more expensive. I especially like Photo Plus as it is aimed at Canon users. I also like Shutterbug.

  • Matt

    May 22, 2009 02:39 am

    You left out the possibility that our favorite library/libraries might subscribe to photo mags. As a librarian, I thought I'd better point that out!

  • Frank

    May 22, 2009 01:58 am

    I bought Pop Photography because I get a special deal. I probably won't get it for a second year. I also get American Photographer which was a gift from a friend. I find this mag much more useful and informative. Its not filled with the latest PhotoShop trick.

    Disclaimer: these are my personal opinions only.

  • joesocwork

    May 22, 2009 01:57 am

    I don't see photography magazines and this e-zine as an either-or. I recently caught the photography bug after taking pictures of my kiddoes on weekend outings for years. I avidly read both in order to learn the craft and step up my game. I learn a lot from both, even from the ads! I'm still constantly looking out for ways to make my photography as professional and artistic as possible!

  • Subir Bose

    May 22, 2009 01:56 am

    I read Better Photography & Smart Photography.

  • Chuck_in_Ohio

    May 22, 2009 01:56 am

    I no longer see the point. This is of course the problem facing print media. How do they remain relevant?

  • Natalie

    May 22, 2009 01:51 am

    I prefer the UK mags. I most often pick up Practical Photography: it has great tutorials and I've learned a lot from reading it. They also publish great photos from people who've applied what they've learned in the tutorials, so it's nice to see that, vs. just seeing images from the pros. I find the US mags have too many ads and not enough substance.

  • Maurice Prokaziuk

    May 20, 2009 01:13 am

    I subscribe to Photolife. Every so often I browse the book store magazines, and depending on the articals that interest me, I'll but that issue.

  • Nancy

    May 19, 2009 02:24 pm

    I buy a new photography magazine every few months or so and carry it in my bag, that way I have something to flip through if I'm ever waiting for the kids after school, etc. I do most of my reading on-line, but I can't always have my laptop with me, and a magazine is a nice change of pace.

  • Don Vega

    May 18, 2009 10:54 pm

    I subscribe to PopPhoto and Outdoor Photography because my interest run in landscapes, seascapes, cityscape's and macro. I find many of the articles very useful and I also browse the magazine rack to check the articles in other mags. If I find one that I really like, I buy it. Also it is a way to keep up with the latest cameras and lenses. Thanks for asking.

  • doodles

    May 18, 2009 12:27 pm

    I agree about UK mags being more concise, less ads.........so while having my coffee at B & N I peruse the photo mags and buy if find something of interest.........that is usually not that often.

  • chakras

    May 17, 2009 06:30 am

    I subscribe to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer. Also, don't know if it counts as a photographer magazine, I also have National Geographic magazine :). Comes up much cheaper subscribing them - instead of buying them off the shelf, that I used to do pretty often.

  • Cesar

    May 16, 2009 11:17 pm

    I stopped reading magazines in the US only because it is mostly ads and not much else. I started picking up magazines from the UK. DigitalSLR Photography and ProPhoto Magazine are the ones I usually pick up at my local bookstore. Very good magazines.

  • Adrian

    May 16, 2009 10:53 pm

    I have just discovered a great magazine from UK, although not cheap: Digital Camera Magazine. After buying a couple of issues, I had to get a subscription.

  • Hoshisato

    May 16, 2009 08:33 pm

    I plan on subscribing to Pentax User Magazine. However, in genereal, here in the UK the photo magazines I see are aimed at hardware and PhotoShop. As if there really is a need to buy a new kit every year. And if they have an article about the techniques of landscape photography, next month's article will contradict it. They're clearly made to make money and not for the love of photography and that is fine, but I'm looking for something else.
    Blogs on the other hand are often written from a passion for photography. Because they contain a clear description of the process, the Aminus3 blogs of, for instance, Ian Bramham and Don Smith are so valuable to me.

  • FriedChicken

    May 16, 2009 11:08 am

    I consistently read AP (Australian Photography) and now have recently discovered Digital Photography + Design - also another brilliant magazine in my opinion, just it's focused on digital photography and Photoshop, the like; it also comes out bi-monthly instead of monthly.

    I don't buy them, though; call me cheap, but I just get them from the library. Although, to all you Australians out there: sign up for the APS (Australian Photographic Society) and get AP for free (yes, free!) and about 50% or more off Digital Photography + Design if you want that as well. As well as Image and Capture, etc. - from Yaffa Publishing.

  • Keith Walker

    May 16, 2009 08:10 am

    I buy Practical Photography every month, "D-Photo" a bi-monthly NZ magazine and collect the monthly Photographer's Mail. free from the camera shop. You can have it delivered by mail in NZ for $25 a year.

    I originally learned photography in the '50s when just about everything was all manual, I had a Voigtlander with a coupled rangefinder and until I got a lightmeter used a Johnson's Exposure Calculator, like a circular sliderule. I have only recently taken up digital photography after my Minolta 600si was stolen a few weeks ago, I have a Nikon Coolpix P80, an ideal camera for travellers, and a Sony A350 which is compatible with my other Minolta accessories and lenses. Needless to say, I have a large library of books on photography collected over the years.

    Photography is still photography although I am having fun learning how to deal with images in Lightroom and Photoshop, somewhat different from chemicals in a darkroom!

  • Maineart

    May 16, 2009 06:49 am

    Having just looked over the magazine rack at the bookstore, I was blown away at the price of photography periodicals. Save your $ and purchase another lens and do your education/current trends research online at places like DPS!

  • Igor

    May 16, 2009 06:29 am

    I buy and read photo mags. And the reason for me not only for information (high quality of information) but the joy I recieve by reading them, feeling the glossy paper, smelling scent of paint. I can read them in bed at night, in the morning while preparing my breakfast, outdoors etc.
    This is like e-books and paper books.
    Of course, all info you can read via internet! No limits. And I like i-net and sites with high quality of information and photos (like DPS). But paper is paper.
    I think these to particles can't be compared.

    I don't like mags with tests of photo equipment and with a lot of ads on every page! Good photo mag should be about Photography.

    I red many photo mags and I think the most interesting and useful are English magazines. I'm a subscriber of "Photography Monthly" & "Outdoor Photography". Also there is an American "Lenswork" magazine (by the way, very good site they have with author's blogs).

  • summerbl4ck

    May 16, 2009 06:13 am

    @nick i'll have to check out Photoicon. i'm def more interested in the art of photography than the technical.

    @erika i agree about ads. i used to pick up PopPhoto then i realized that i was really only interested in maybe one article and way too much space is taken up by ads.

  • Amandalynn

    May 16, 2009 05:14 am

    I get rangefinder on a monthly basis(but it's free), which has some really nice articles & reviews, even though it's full of ads... and every so often I go buy a shutterbug or some such at B&N. Mostly I don't have the time to sit down and read a whole magazine anymore though.

  • SonyJim

    May 16, 2009 04:56 am

    In my way of thinking, if there is a place for both digital and print in the photography world, same goes for the information world. There are just some places the a photo mag can go and the web cant. ( I have a subscription to ShutterBug ) Besides it's relly hard to operate a laptop while on the John. As far as the web goes nothin beats DPS.

  • Rich

    May 16, 2009 04:21 am

    I buy occasionally, the best I bought recently was outdoor photography.

  • Thomas Dral

    May 16, 2009 04:05 am

    I love to read a dutch magazine Zoom Magazine. I have a subscription to the Zoom Magazine.
    Every once and a while I buy some magazine's in the store (dutch magazines)

  • Bo

    May 16, 2009 03:51 am

    We get PDN and Shutterbug. PDN is a fantastic resource and a good read. Shutterbug is great for camera and software reviews

  • George Webster

    May 16, 2009 03:45 am

    i live in the USA and i think i get evry major via subscription. but my favorite is Digital Camera from the UK - the production values are unknown here in the USA - the only mag that comes even close is Digital Photo Pro but its content is no where as useful..i also subscribe by Zinio to Amateur Photography from the UK, it is a weekly and again contains much more usefull info and in depth articles than we are used to here...

  • FiZ

    May 16, 2009 03:25 am

    I get JPG magazine when I see it, but otherwise, I tend to immerse myself in photography blogs and communities

  • Melo

    May 16, 2009 02:55 am

    I subscribe to Shutterbug through Zinnio & Popular Photography through snail mail. I also pick up other magazines like Outdoor Photography once in a while from bookstores. I prefer the UK mags too, but their price is pretty steep. Last one I purchased was about 10 bucks, others were listed at $15.00.

    Love this site! I enjoy having lots of photography info delivered daily right into my Yahoo email account. Keeps me thinking & trying new things.

  • Eyeworks

    May 16, 2009 02:20 am

    A new photography magazine named "Color" is amazing... no out of date equipment reviews or other tripe.... just page after page of gorgeous photography...

  • Arnnie

    May 16, 2009 02:12 am

    Why do people buy magazine? When we get tons of valuable information by subscribing to this site.

  • motor9

    May 16, 2009 01:59 am

    I used to buy all the latest UK rags but found there was a ton of repeat articles and tips (not to mention $15 a piece). Now I get Digital Camera World thru Zinio for about $20 per year. Besides, who needs mags when there's killer blogs like this. :) [m9]

  • Derek

    May 16, 2009 01:04 am

    I usually just head over to BN and read their stuff!

  • Scott

    May 16, 2009 12:50 am

    I love the mags from the UK. I find most the publications superior to what is produced in the US. I enjoy the "how to" articles with the emphasis focused on Photoshop. As a plus, mags like DigitalPhoto feature instructional dvd's that interact with the magazine's content. In addition, I buy a book every other month or so.Websites are great but there is no replacing the feel of a good book.

  • Regina

    May 16, 2009 12:33 am

    I usually go to the library and read what they get in. Also your site rocks and blogs as well.

  • Dennis

    May 15, 2009 11:44 pm

    I haven't boughten a magazine for probably years unless the PSA Journal counts but that comes with my membership. I do get some free magazines that I will scan through such as Rangefinder and After Capture. These as well as podcasts and Digital Photography School keep me as current as I care to be.

  • Craig

    May 15, 2009 11:44 pm

    Aperture. There's nothing on the web like it that I've found.

  • Jesse

    May 15, 2009 11:27 pm

    I get Outdoor Photographer and I love it. It's got really useful information and great photographs. Of course, between issues I turn to DPS for all my information, and it's fantastic. Keep up the good work!

  • Jayman Pandya

    May 15, 2009 11:20 pm

    I have subscribed for Better Photography which is considered as the best magazine for photography in my country (India)

  • gretchen

    May 15, 2009 11:11 pm

    I see that a lot of people just like to read the information online. I guess I still like to hold the magazine or book in my hand and take it anywhere with me. Sometimes I'll take a stack of back issues and sit out in the garden and go back through them. A lap top just doesn't replace that. I only wish that now that the exchange rate is a bit better that Borders would reduce the price of the magazines coming from Britain because they are my favorite. But at $15 a pop I never throw them out. I'll need to stoo buying soon or move for more storage!

  • Bill

    May 15, 2009 10:59 pm

    I read Black & White and now its sister publication, Color. No ads for gear, no tests, just photos!

  • Bahamas Photographer

    May 15, 2009 10:55 pm

    I truly miss holding magazines, but have stopped buying them recently.

    It appears publishers, after seeing their sales decline due to the internet, had two options:

    1: Improve content to make the magazine more compelling, and a 'must have'

    2: Make up for lost readership revenue by making the mag 30% content and 70% advertising.

    They all seem to have chosen #2, incredibly not realising this just compounds the original problem - less readers!

    Its a shame - printed matter is still far far better than online reading, but until the publishers sort their **** out, it will continue to decline.

    Just my opinion of course!

  • Erika

    May 15, 2009 10:51 pm

    I find the magazines are 90% advertisements and very little information.

  • Sid Ceaser

    May 15, 2009 10:29 pm

    I have a subscription to American Photo that I leave at my studio to thumb through. I have free subscriptions to Studio Photography Magazine and Rangefinder. I wouldn't pay to subscribe to those if it were required.

    I used to subscribe to LensWork, and really should resubscribe - fantastic high quality portfolio publication.

    I'd like to start getting PDN, but it isn't in my budget :(

  • tom

    May 15, 2009 09:53 pm

    I subscribe to Rangefinder. Can't beat the price. As much as I like Professional Photographer magazine, I can't justify spending the money for a subscription right now.

  • Nick

    May 15, 2009 09:27 pm

    Subscription of Photoicon from the US - great biographies of contemporary photographers with a focus on photography in art rather than technical application.

    Other magazines occasionally purchased, usually if I'm heading out on a flight and need something to read (or if I have a £1/3 issue trial subscription!)

    Online resources far outdo magazines in terms of availability, range and cost (if any), but reading your LCD monitor in the park on a sunny Sunday really doesnt compete.

  • Wayne

    May 15, 2009 07:40 pm

    I used to buy the photo mags that covered a lot of photoshop tutorials/tips however, after a while I find them repeating the same thing over so I tend to buy mags aimed at the more professional market such as American Photo, Pro Photo etc. They have more interesting/inspiring articles.

  • Danny

    May 15, 2009 07:35 pm

    I voted no, but it's not that I don't read a magazine regularly, it's just I don't buy one.

    I'm lucky enough to have access to a subscription to Digital Camera which is delivered to work :)

  • Lanyard

    May 15, 2009 07:33 pm

    Why buy photo magazines when almost all the information about new cameras, tips and advices you can find online? OK, some magazine can have a proffesional photographer writing articles, but there is a lot more outside. Online you can read, ask, discuss, get answered within a day and a lot more, so why spend money to get the same? I maybe would buy an issue if I it has something interesting, but in general, why bother buying it every month?

  • Rovingmedic

    May 15, 2009 06:52 pm

    I subscribe to Digital Camera World using Zinio .... instant delivery and no international shipping costs ... this mag is full of useful tutorials and inspirational photos.

  • QPT

    May 15, 2009 06:43 pm

    Almost all the information in photo magazines is also available for free on the internet. Better to save the money up and spend it on photography books I say!

    Quick Photography Tips

  • Rowan

    May 15, 2009 06:15 pm

    I'm in the UK, and I regularly buy Amateur Photographer when I go anywhere on the train, which is about twice a month. Because it's a weekly, there's always a new one on the stands when I travel, and it's also about £1-£1.50 cheaper than the other monthly magazines. Also, considering it's a weekly, it's quite word heavy and gives me a lot to read on my regular 4 hour train journey. I quite like 'wordy' magazines because I can rip through a picture heavy magazine in minutes.

    The other magazine that I haven't seen mentioned yet is Black and White Photography. I always buy that one, and I'm thinking about getting a subscription. It's a bit more picture heavy, but the writing is usually pretty good, and the images are excellent.

  • Gábor Csikós

    May 15, 2009 06:02 pm

    I love reading Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Digital Camera World, American Photo, What Digital Camera but all of them via Zinio.com .

  • Samantha Decker

    May 15, 2009 04:23 pm

    I often leaf through Popular Photography when I am at the grocery store or any other newsstand, but I feel like it's nothing I can't find online. I am subscribed to this blog and absolutely love it, and I also learn a lot from Flickr discussions and EXIF data. I like just curling up with a magazine though, so probably one of these days I'll buy one.

  • Pascal Parent

    May 15, 2009 03:59 pm

    DPS has it all, why should I buy a magazine?

  • Carolyn

    May 15, 2009 03:37 pm

    Where I live the magazines are imported, so magazines that are worth £3.95 are being sold at £10, and that is just too much to pay for it. Instead, when friends or family come over from my home country, I ask them to bring over a magazine, normally Photography Monthly.

    I would buy magazines more regularly if they were at a better price, I don't know why I just like having a magazine, along with the Internet.

  • asnider3

    May 15, 2009 01:44 pm

    my wife works as a dentist office and brings me home old issues of shutterbug. other than that i get everything else from the good ol' DPS

  • v8torq

    May 15, 2009 01:42 pm

    I subscribe to Popular Photography, Outdoor Photography and PC Photo. I still like the feel of paper but I shoot only digital. Go figger.

  • jdepould

    May 15, 2009 01:07 pm

    I subscribe to PDN and News Photographer (NPPA mag), occasionally I'll pick up a Digital Photo Pro off the rack.

  • loonytick

    May 15, 2009 11:49 am

    I rarely buy them because too often they're mostly about gear with only a small number of pages devoted to the craft of taking pictures or display of photos. I'm just not that interested in gear.

  • Lester

    May 15, 2009 11:43 am

    Only if they have articles that are interesting to me. It really helps to have a cd of images to follow along with the instructional article.
    How to make my website more interesting? Y
    Better Photoshop skills? Y
    Digital camera shootout, ( ie, D300 vs D700)? N

  • MS

    May 15, 2009 11:25 am

    I get Outdoor Photographer as a print magazine and shutterbugs as well as american photo in digital versions, but I definitely prefer Outdoor Photographer over others.

  • Julieanne

    May 15, 2009 11:10 am

    I would vote yes, but the two photo magazines I get; Rangefinder and AfterCapture, are free. I'm very strapped for cash right now or else I'd subscribe to some.

  • Barry Cunningham

    May 15, 2009 11:05 am

    I subscribe to Lenswork and Lenswork Extended.
    It rocks.

  • gretchen

    May 15, 2009 10:46 am

    I love the photography magazines that come out of Great Britain: Outdoor Photography, Digital Camera, Practical Photographer and Photo Plus (all about Canon). On this side of the pond I subscribe to Outdoor Photography. I prefer the British magazines for the saturation of their photos, the paper they use, the shooting information and the location shots. I also buy the British magazines: Photoshop Creative and iCreate.

  • tyler

    May 15, 2009 10:29 am

    Photographer's Forum, American Photo, Aperture, Exposure, JPG..... I get pop photo too, but i think I might cancel it, I like photo magazines that are more about images and less about tricks and reviews.

  • Kelsey

    May 15, 2009 10:15 am

    I think that photography websites are great, but magazines are often more reliable and helpful. I enjoy Shutterbug and Popular Photography.

  • Chris

    May 15, 2009 09:47 am

    Yes, I love Practical Photography. Its a UK mag but the photos and articles are really well done. A NIKON bias in reviews though!

  • Ilan

    May 15, 2009 09:26 am

    Why bother? There are much more photo related "stuff" can be found online.

  • sharon

    May 15, 2009 09:24 am

    I love Lenswork and just recently picked up Nature Photography. I enjoy the eye candy magazines rather than those filled with ads and reviews. I can get that stuff online.

  • Daniel Bento

    May 15, 2009 09:22 am

    Mostly on my day life I read rss where I learn many things (like DPS ;)), but also, i'm a paper reader fan and I love to have things on paper... mostly to see works from my homeplace, Portugal. It's good to have examples in paper to see directly a print evolution too :)

  • Alan

    May 15, 2009 09:15 am

    I enjoy outdoor photography most, and subscribe to Outdoor Photography Magazine. I occasionally purchase other magazines to see what new products are coming on to the market, but I enjoy the tips and ideas given in OP more than anything.

  • Dave

    May 15, 2009 09:12 am

    What a great posting here! As the Editor of the free PhotographyBB Online Magazine, I too have received a lot of valuable feedback from our readers to the same effect. It's a wonderful compliment to hear this type of news, and really makes our team feel like what they are doing really matters.

    Keep up the great work on Digital Photography School... we are avid fans of your site too.

  • KarenB

    May 15, 2009 08:50 am

    I like reading Popular Photography, but I don't buy it - I get it at the public library!

  • Memoria

    May 15, 2009 08:40 am

    Cheaper to go online.

  • shrimphead

    May 15, 2009 08:38 am

    I have a 2 yr subscription to Photo Techniques Magazine. One of the best photo mags out there. Primarily because there are more articles than filler, but essentially because the articles are about outstanding printing and advanced photo techniques.

  • Marshall

    May 15, 2009 08:27 am

    I have to qualify my vote. I now use Zinio (Zinio dot com) to purchase and read photo magazines. Since most of us probably have good quality screens because of our photography 'habit' the Zinio reader works really well. A magazine that costs $7-10 each per month at the store costs about $12-15 per yearly subscription from Zinio. Now, granted, they don't have every photo magazine but between what they have and great Blogs like DPS who needs more?
    (ps: this is an endorsement...I'm not an affiliate)

  • Bob Thomas

    May 15, 2009 08:25 am

    I have been picking up the English mags - Digital Photo, Digital Photographer and Practical Photography - but I am new to them. I notice most instructional mags start to get repetitive after several months but I do find them good for ideas and inspiration.

  • Jason Manchester

    May 15, 2009 08:23 am

    PDN
    Digital Photo Pro
    Professional Photographer

  • Major Bokeh

    May 15, 2009 08:11 am

    Who needs photography magazines when there's DPS? Keep up the great work.

    I am telling everyone I know about the site no matter their skill level. Loads of good content and the opportunity to see how others see. The best way to learn in my opinion.

  • JR Cline

    May 15, 2009 08:07 am

    I read Popular Photography

  • chad

    May 15, 2009 08:03 am

    I only got one because I saw an offer for a free year's subscription on Lifehacker one day. I do tend to browse them when I am at the bookstore or airport though. I am terribly guilty about looking at things online and not in print...

  • Peter

    May 15, 2009 07:58 am

    I confess...DPS is easy to understand...and a million times more interactive! What a great way to learn!

  • Michael

    May 15, 2009 07:56 am

    What I have seen as a trend recently is many people only view photos on computer screens, no books, no prints, just computers and I think many tend to read articles on-line now rather than reading paper copies. I lead a local photography group and we have agreed that no one shows photos on computers. If the photo is not worth making a print of, it is not worth showing. So all photos shown there are prints and I think it has helped everyone learn more.

  • Sea Cat

    May 15, 2009 07:46 am

    Mission option: I used to -- before I discovered photography websites and photo blogs

  • James Riordon

    May 15, 2009 07:45 am

    Since I started visiting your site, I have actually forgotten that photography magazines might exist... errr.... or at least about reading magazines, . Even the two books I bought are collecting dust now. Albeit, I am just starting out in digital photography with more than just a passing fancy.

  • TK

    May 15, 2009 07:44 am

    PopPhoto is ok, but I started to become a fan of PDN and Aperture.

  • John

    May 15, 2009 07:44 am

    I often go once every month or so to Barnes and Nobles or Borders and browse them, taking home 1-3 depending on any articles I really found useful.

    I find the UK mags more are concise, have better tutorials, and also expose me to things and gear we may not hear about here in the states.

  • Andy Beal

    May 15, 2009 07:34 am

    I love reading Popular Photography, and occasionally Shutterbug. What others should I consider?

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