7 Photography Podcasts That are Worth a Listen

7 Photography Podcasts That are Worth a Listen


There is no shortage of podcasts about photography. They cater for everyone from beginners to experienced amateurs, semi-pros and professionals. A quick search in Google returns so many options it can be a bit overwhelming. It’s impossible to listen to them all, so how do you decide which ones to download or subscribe to? The simplest answer is to follow recommendations from friends and colleagues. So, in no particular order, here are seven photography based podcasts that I currently subscribe to, that I think will be of interest to you as a photographer:

1. This Week in Photo

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This Week in Photo (TWiP) has been on my playlist for a long time now. My listening goes back to when Scott Bourne was running it. I found the show early in its lifetime, and have enjoyed listening each week as the many guests and co-hosts share their knowledge and expertise. TWiP is now hosted by Frederick van Johnson. It’s a light hearted look at the major stories from the previous week. Frederick and his guest hosts get down to the nitty gritty of the photographic world. The show is topical, very relevant and usually delivered with just a smattering of humour. It’s one of those podcasts that hasn’t left my playlist from the time I first discovered it quite a few years ago!

Editor’s note: yours truly, Darlene Hildebrandt, has been a co-host on the show several times as well! Always a good time and great discussion.

2. TWiP Street Focus

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Street Focus is a new podcast under the TWiP umbrella, hosted by dPS author, Valerie Jardin. She says on her website, “The day I picked up a camera I became a storyteller. Photography is my passion, my obsession, my addiction. I live and breathe in pixels!”

This is obvious when you listen to the Street Focus podcast. I listened to a couple of episodes and immediately subscribed. These days I have to think a podcast is very good before I subscribe because I always unsubscribe from another to make way for the new one. There just isn’t enough time to listen to all the great podcasts out there. This one was good enough for me to do just that! Valerie shares her knowledge about street photography openly, and freely, and has some great guests too.

Her interviews draw out interesting snippets of information from her guests. If you’re thinking of travelling somewhere for the first time, it might pay you to check out the Street Focus archives and see if Valerie has interviewed a photographer from the city you’re visiting. They always describe locations, often in areas not usually frequented by tourists, that offer great opportunities for street photography.

3. The Digital Story

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The Digital Story is a short and pithy podcast hosted by Derrick Story. He usually covers a few topical stories at the beginning of each episode before getting into three more in-depth stories. His technical knowledge is very good and he distills that knowledge into language that everyone can understand. Derrick wears many hats as a photographer and technologist, and his stories cover all manner of subject matter that relate in some way or another to photography. Derrick is also known as the “Nimble Photographer” and enjoys sharing ways to make your life easier as a travelling photographer. He is also a semi-regular guest host on This Week in Photo.

4. The Candid Frame

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I discovered The Candid Frame a couple of years ago and it is one of the most refreshing photography podcasts I’ve heard. You won’t find anything to do with the latest cameras or equipment. Nor will you find anything to do with technique. What you will discover is Ibarionex Perello, a man with a deep insight and understanding of the photographic world.

Each episode, Ibarionex interviews someone new and delves deep into their psyche to extract information about their thought processes. He has grown as an interviewer and is a pleasure to listen to. It’s obvious that Ibarionex does his research before each interview because his questions are not those you would normally expect to hear. They are insightful and deliver responses that go to the core of the interviewee.

5. Photobiz Xposed

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The Photobiz Xposed podcast by Andrew Hellmich is well worth a listen for any photographer. Its primary focus is the business of photography, particularly for those specializing in portraits and weddings. To be honest though, any photographer can learn from the expert guests Andrew has on his show. In fact, I’d say many of the strategies and much of the information could be helpful to anyone running a business, no matter what it is. The principles explained during the podcast episodes could translate equally well across many platforms.

Andrew has a relaxed way of interacting with his guests and manages to elicit great information from them. There are two levels for this podcast – a free version and a subscription version. Those that pay the monthly subscription get the full interview, whereas those that subscribe to the free version get a shortened, but still very valuable, version. There are usually downloads for those who subscribe too. I’m a fan, and I do pay the monthly subscription.

6. Martin Bailey Photography Podcast

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The Martin Bailey Photography Podcast is another long running show. Martin has been putting out weekly episodes since 2005. He hails from England originally, but has been based in Tokyo for many years and specializes in nature and wildlife photography. He’s also a regular guest host of This Week in Photo, an author, and a Master in The Arcanum. Martin is a font of knowledge and his relaxed attitude makes him easy to listen to each week. He covers many topics related to photography and the business of photography. Another must listen!

7. Tips from the Top Floor

This is probably one of the first, if not THE first photography podcast to hit the air. Hosted by Chris Marquardt, Tips from the Top Floor has been running since about 2005 and covers all sorts of photography related topics – from photographing the night sky, to answering reader / listener questions and shooting portraits. Each episode is relatively short and easy to listen to. Like the other podcasts in the list, Chris has an easy going approach and shares his knowledge freely.

Honourable Mentions

Although this is the list of seven podcasts I currently listen to, there have been many others I’ve subscribed to over the years. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to listen to them all, so I have to unsubscribe from some occasionally. That doesn’t mean they’re bad podcasts, or not as good as the seven above, it simply means that at this current time I find myself listening to these seven. So, here’s a few more that might be more suitable for you (check out them all and you decide):

TWiP Your Itinerary is a new addition to the TWiP network and I’ve listened to them all so far to check them out. I’m not sure I’ll subscribe at this point, but I’m certainly keeping my eyes and ears on it. The content is good and Rob Knight is well suited to the hosting role. The podcast covers topics related to travel photography.

TWiP All About The Gear is another one from the TWiP network. Frederick van Johnson has made some really good decisions with the format of the main show and then branching out into sub-genres. This one is no different. Host Doug Kaye and Frederick discuss the nitty-gritty of cameras and other related products. They delve into the heart of the subject to keep listeners informed about all the latest gear. This is a great podcast, but not one I subscribe to. I regularly visit their website to check what the latest episode is about and then listen if it’s of particular interest to me. So I pick and choose the episodes I listen to.

Ready Steady Pro is a podcast hosted by Michael Rammell out of the United Kingdom. It’s dedicated to those moving from amateur to pro and has some great information. The show has been on a bit of a hiatus lately but Michael is planning more episodes again soon. The podcast will be moving from weekly to bi-weekly when it resumes. I’m looking forward to listening to this one again as Michael always covers interesting topics.

Digital Photo Experience hosted by Juan Pons and Rick “Godfather” Sammon is a fantastic listen. Although I’m not currently subscribed, I highly recommend this podcast. Both Juan and Rick discuss all sorts of topics around photography. They’re easy to listen to and get the information across in a way that’s easy for beginners to understand, without being too simplified for the advanced amateur. I’m sure Rick’s mind only stops when he’s sleeping and I’m not sure it even stops then! There’s always something new and exciting on this show.

Adorama TV post numerous video podcasts covering quite a range of topics. There’s tutorials by Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Tamara Lackey – there’s something for everyone under the Adorama banner. They’re well worth checking out. I tend to watch them ad hoc when I have some spare time because they’re video related and I usually listen to my regular podcasts while I’m driving.

Do you have any other favourite podcasts not on this list? We’d love to hear about them or if you listen to the ones mentioned tell us what you enjoy about those.

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Ken Lyons is a photographer and world traveller living in rural South Australia. He has a relaxed approach and loves to teach others about photography; making images that tell a location’s story – the place, the people and the culture. You can learn more about Ken where you can also get information about his latest workshops.

  • bibousiq

    I live in France and i often think that english spoken people are really lucky to have all these great podcasts.

  • Will

    I do enjoy TWIP, it’s one of my favorite podcast.

  • osc707

    Here a few more that deserve to be on this list:
    – On Taking Pictures – about taking pictures, inner struggles, not gear
    – Two Hosers – learning podcast, recommend listening from episode 1 and doing the challenges to learn along with Adam
    – RawTalk – Photo Entertainment news

  • Thanks for commenting 🙂 I think you’re right. We are extremely lucky to have so many wonderful podcasts to listen to in English, covering many different subjects.

  • I think the whole TWiP network is morphing into something really special! Thanks for commenting Will.

  • Thanks for the extra podcasts 🙂 There are so many to choose from it’s just impossible to listen to them all. I’ve listened to RAW Talk a few times but I haven’t listened to the others yet. I’ll check them out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Keith Starkey

    Great. Thanks much.

  • Thanks Keith! Glad you like the article 🙂

  • Great post Ken and a big thanks for including Photo Biz Xposed on your list!
    I’m looking forward to checking a couple of shows I haven’t heard that you mentioned above.

  • Michael Owens

    DPS needs a podcast!

  • Kristen

    I’ve been following The Two Hosers for quite some time: http://twohosers.com/

  • Thanks for the link to The Two Hosers. I haven’t tried that one yet, but I’ll certainly give it a listen!

  • I think that could work 🙂 Thanks for commenting Michael!

  • You’re welcome Andrew! Thanks for dropping by and commenting. It’s always heartening to hear great quality Australian podcasts in the mix. Well done on PhotoBizX 🙂

  • Lance King

    Some good suggestions here. One of my favorite podcasts that didn’t get mentioned is The Film Photography Podcast. It’s been online for over 5 years now, and it’s both incredibly informative and entertaining. They talk about everything related to film: from instant film to large format, developing tips, new and unique film emulsions available today and all of the exciting new developments going on with “analog” photography.

  • I’m a regular listener to TWiP but OTP not even making the Honourable Mentions list is, for me personally, a head-scratching omission.

  • PhilSilverman

    There are some really good ones that have been missed such as Ask Tim Grey, Improve Photography and Photofocus to name just three.

  • Valerie Jardin

    Thanks Ken! Honored to make the list. I forgive you that I’m second after Frederick, lol! 😉

  • Thanks Phil. There are so many good podcasts available now, simply too many to mention in this article. Keep the suggestions coming 🙂

  • Thanks Lance. That’s one I haven’t listened to, but will certainly give it a try. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Hi David. Thanks for the comment. I have to say OTP (On Taking Pictures?) is one I haven’t come across before. There are so many good podcasts, it’s simply impossible to listen to, or even know about, all of them. I’ll certainly check it out and have a listen. Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

  • LOL and you’re welcome! – “In no particular order”… 😉

  • Great compilaion.. I knew only Lenswork before. Now it’s great time to aspire and inspire further.

  • Thanks for the comment Gerald! There are so many good podcasts to listen to these days. I hope you enjoy some of the ones I’ve mentioned, as well as some of the other very good suggestions in the comments!

  • Tomas Nilsson

    The Art of Photography, a video podcast and YouTube channel by Ted Forbes. His show is (like The Candid Frame) not focused on the latest tech, but rather more focused on photography as art. He has covered a lot of photographers’ works in his now over 200 episodes, photographers I’d never heard of before, but now find very inspirational.

  • LiveMike78


    A great podcast to learn not only about making photographs (analogue and digital) but also learning about photography history and photography as an art form. I have learned a massive amount from the AoP.

  • Thanks Tomas and LiveMike78. The AoP is another I haven’t listened to. I can see I’m going to have to set some time aside to check these out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Thomas Dixon

    I love “The Art of Photography” as well.

  • Mac Sokulski

    Can I mention a show that for some reason is not easy to find… Shutter Time with Sid and Mac… it just passed 100th episode mark… 🙂

  • derekbez

    +1 for Two Hosers.

  • Thanks for the comment and suggestion Mac. I’ll be sure to check this one out 🙂

  • Robin

    History of Photography Podcast: http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com/archives/1740

  • tobiasg1

    Self plug for Photo Mish Mash https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCUnGRSvb-aKGhZxsDvRCANssbVGCAWI4 – We have started doing live shows on Friday Evenings EST.

  • Thanks for the link Tobias… I’ll check it out 🙂

  • Thanks for the link Robin. I’ll definitely check this one out! 🙂

  • Jeff Hunter

    RawTalk is definitely entertaining!

  • Justin

    Improve Photography is a great one for tips and techniques.

  • Thanks Justin. I do watch Improve Photography on YouTube sometimes 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion!

  • dclivejazz

    The Photo Brigade is another good one.

  • Thanks for the comment and suggestion. I’ll definitely be checking it out! 🙂

  • Andrew_Gronow

    Any list that excludes ‘On taking pictures’, is a poor list. Just saying…

  • Thanks for your comment Andrew. Prior to reading these comments, I hadn’t actually listened to On Taking Pictures. It’s now on my radar and I will check it out. Of course, the beauty of having so many podcasts is that there’s something there for everyone, at many different levels. There are simply too many to know them all, but I have some new ones to check out over the coming weeks. Thanks again! 🙂

  • Andrew_Gronow

    Thanks for the reply Ken.
    Think you’ll enjoy On Taking Pictures.
    It’s all about the ‘why’ and not the gear.

  • James Cawley

    I listen to Digital Photo Experience with Rick Sammon and Juan Pons

  • Michael Thompson

    No Improve Photography Podcast? By far the best I’ve found for new photographers and those looking to improve their skills (a bit like those who visit DPS). I’ve tried most of the podcasts you suggest and deleted them after listening to a few episodes. I found them to be either mostly self-promotional (I’m looking at you, The Digital Story), or almost exclusively focused on the professional photographer. Too much off the, “You can’t take good pictures without a full-frame camera and L series lenses” crap. I’m not looking to go pro, but I do want to know how to improve my (limited) skills and make the most of what I have. I’ll stick with Jim!

    Oh, and I’m with Michael Owens, I would LOVE a DPS podcast!

  • Hi Michael and thanks for the comment! The great thing about podcasts is there really is something for everyone’s taste. I personally find all the podcasts I’ve listed easy to listen to. They’re certainly not all aimed at professionals. As for being self-promotional, well, I guess that’s the nature of the beast. You do need to “toot your own trumpet” to some extent when you’re running your own business. I think if you took another listen to these you would find they cover a large range of topics. I don’t think they promote “full-frame cameras and L series lenses”. In fact Derrick Story is quite the opposite and promotes “the nimble photographer” using smaller (mostly mirrorless) cameras.

    As for Improve Photography… I’ve watched a few of Jim’s YouTube videos and quite enjoyed them. I subscribe to his channel and have a look whenever I get some spare time. I admit I haven’t listened to the Improve Photography podcast, but I will give it a listen. Based on my experience with Jim’s videos, I’m sure the podcast will be excellent.

    The podcasts I’ve listed are simply ones that I currently listen to and enjoy. They’re not the only photography related podcasts available and I’m sure many of the podcasts that aren’t listed in this article are just as good…

    Thanks again for commenting. Most importantly, have fun with your photography! 🙂

  • It’s a really good podcast James. I’m sure you’d enjoy a few of the others too 🙂

  • Tim helliwell

    The art of photography with ted Forbes is fantastic

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  • jpeg2RAW Podcast

    There is also jpeg2RAW Photography Podcast. We just completed show #157. The show is broadcast live most Tuesday’s with a chatroom for people to interact with the guest & hosts. Recorded versions are available in audio & video formats just about every where podcast can be found.

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