There is, in all probability, a podcast for everything these days: give an enthusiast, or a professional, a recorder and access to uploading resources, and… voila! But whereas there might be some obscure ones at the farthest ends of human endeavor (there’s – honestly – one about the history of ribbons, another on issues pertaining the British Enclosure Laws of the 17th century…), it’s perhaps no surprise that photography podcasts number in the multitude; on iTunes alone there are 311, currently.
There’s no space in this blog to do justice to them all, but for photo professionals, and even those who aspire to one day become one, there are plenty of passionate photographers who promote technical and aesthetic learning, and intense discussion about the history and sociology of photography. Let’s take a quick click and peek at just a few:
The Candid Frame
Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer, educator and host of The Candid Frame, and provides frank, insightful interviews with some of the industry’s top established and emerging photographers. This is one of the most popular photography podcasts, and by this week has run to 269 episodes.
Topics range from technical discussions in which photographers can submit examples to the Candid Frame Flickr Pool (such as how graphic elements can help us to improve a photograph, with a focus on patterns, lines, shapes and using a contrasting element result in an interesting photograph); through to more in-depth creative and philosophical discussion with renowned photographers such as street photographer Nancy Lehrer, Photo Lab Pet Photography and Design founders Bill Parsons and Natalia Martinez, and multimedia journalist Hugo Passarello Luna.
On Taking Pictures
Another resource (currently up to #151) with new interviews every week. Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman take on the art, science, and philosophy of photography and explore how they play out behind the camera in the process of making images. Insider insights for the novice, shop talk for the professional, and opinionated discussion for the interested observer of the field’s trends and legacy.
They regularly mix up topics’ in each long discursive freeform chat, topics range from profiles of historical greats such as Dorothea Lange, how much one should immerse oneself in one’s labors, and overcoming technical limitations.
Full Time Photographer
Josh Rossi is currently located in Los Angeles where he specialize in Commercial and Advertising photography and drive a bus that says “Escape from ordinary photography” on it. Much of his advice consists of sound professional pointers, teased from a hugely eclectic cast of photographers, ranging from non-profit through to high-end commercial practitioners. Definitely a podcast for those working to up their professional game and expand their skills, portfolios and, most importantly, attitudes. Launched 5th December 2013, the podcast has new notched up 229 episodes.
Martin Bailey Photography Podcast
As might be expected coming from famous wildlife and wilderness nature photographer, Martin Bailey, this is a charming mix of high end technical advice, ameliorated by some witty travelogue banter, and some occasional gear reviews too. In short, Bailey’s podcasts are a sort of on-the-job diary; whether he is photographing snow monkeys in Hokkaido, or elephants in Namibia.
History of Photography Podcast
Photographer Jeff Curto is Professor Emeritus of Photography at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he taught from 1984 to 2014. Curto has an exhaustive knowledge of the history of photography, and his podcasts amount to a full semester of his course, in a series of classes. And even better (but only just) than the wealth of information: it’s free!
Photography on Tuts+
As part of a greater collection of arts-related tutorials, linked by subject, the Photography section of Tuts+ is surely the granddaddy of all resources. Hundreds of categories – ranging from “Abstract” to “Zoomify” – are here to satisfy any photographer who wants to dip their fingers into some different developer… Learning guides go into great depth to prepare you for your next project.
Do you have a fav that you can let us know about? Let us know!