Here under I listed my top 10 favorite photography related Youtube channels, which I enjoyed most in 2015 and from which which I expect more interesting stuff in 2016. It's a mix of relatively small channels and bigger well known channels. To give you some background information about my interests and therefore choices, I can tell you that my interests are mainly with mirrorless cameras, film photography, cool gear and photography history. In the top 10 below the channels are in random order (so no. 1 isn't necessary the no. 1). With each channel I will briefly explain why that particular channel is a favorite of mine.
This relatively small channel covers photography- and camera-related topics, including shooting tips and gear reviews targeted at Micro 4/3 enthusiasts. The presenter, Mark Ryan Sallee, has a great presenting style. The subjects he covers vary from adapting lenses, crop factor and focus shift, to also reviews of (Micro 4/3) gear he owns. Some items are clearly aimed at beginners but others are also of interests to enthousiasts like me. He doesn't post often, which is a shame, but I will choose quality over quantity any day.
2. The Art of Photography
This fast growing channel, presented by Ted Forbes, covers famous photographers, photography techniques, composition, the history of photography and more. Ted works for the Dallas Museum of Art and knows his stuff about photography history. His channel covers the big well know, but also lesser known, photographers from the past from which Ted shares interesting background information about the photographer and about their work. Ted is also a photographer with his roots in film photography, with also experience with medium format. He also covers (a little bit of) digital photography. He teaches about film development and he also interviewed some well known photographers. For example the famous street photographer John Free or the legendary music photographer Mick Rock.
3. Steve Huff Photo
Steve Huff's Youtube channel is, like his website, about gear (Leica and mirrorless) and accessories (straps, bags, etc.). It's a great channel for photographers who love gear reviews featuring a lot of cameras, lenses and other (expensive, luxury) stuff most of us can only dream about. The videos are beautifully produced and the reviews are often very comprehensive. It's my Youtube equivalent of window-shopping. Looking but not buying.
4. Matt Day Photo
Matt Day is a passionate photographer from southern Ohio. He has all kinds of content, but you're not gonna see him reading specs on the latest Canon or Nikon cameras when they're announced. He has lots of videos on shooting film an some about digital photography. He shares his experience shooting old film cameras, talks about the types film he uses and which he likes and dislikes and shows and tells about the photographs he makes. Which are, as far as I am concerned, fantastic. I love this channels for it's focus on film photography.
5. DigitalRev TV
Who doesn't know DigitalRev TV?! It's "the most subscribed and viewed photography show on the interweb, presented by an asian dude with British accent" as they say themselves. Presented by Kai Wong and Lok Cheung, these Hong Kong based photographers have lots of fun doing all kinds of crazy projects, and Kai saying everything what comes into is head while reviewing camera's and lenses. Not afraid to ridicule the big brands Sony, Nikon and Canon, on a regular bases. The item I love most is the "Pro Photographer, cheap camera challenge", where great photographers show their skills and having fun with all kinds of crappy cameras, such as Chase Jarvis with the Lego camera.
Presented by the sympathetic asian Canadian guy Take Kayo, together with his wife (the camera girl), this channel mainly focusses on street photography and is very Leica and Fuji centric. Take Kayo (also known as Big Head Taco) is very easy going and doesn't find it difficult to approach and make a connection with the people he photographs on the streets of Vancouver and Hong Kong as well as with his fellow (street) photographers. It's always fun to watch someone who is very passionate about photography and happens to be a likable guy. It's just as fun watching him shoot and review cameras as it is listening to his conversations.
This Canadian Youtube channel, presented by Chris Niccolls and director/cameraman Jordan Drake, is certainly one of best known among photography enthousiasts. They talk about the camera's they sell in their store in Calgary, often critically, but always with a sense of humor in beautiful Canadian nature. Chris focuses on the photography part, Jordan does the filming part. Their end of year review about the highs and lows in the past year is legendary. Lots of alcohol is consumed (adding to the mood) and the retrospective of the lows of the past year are the high points of the yearly overview (no camera brands are spared).
8. B and H
The one thing I love about B&H is huge amount of free and lengthy seminars by various photographers about many different subjects. Some about their work, about landscape shooting, wedding and model photography, etc.etc.etc. One of my favorite presentations was by Gene Ho, demonstrating wedding photography done with a fisheye. Check it out! Truly amazing!
This channel featuring Lee Morris (owner of the channel) and other presenters, reviewing camera equipment, doing photo critiques, short how too's all very nicely produced and often done with a bit of humor thrown in. The variety of subjects is the reason why I like this channel and why it's in my top 10.
10. The Camera Project
This still small Youtube channel is presented by three people, Alison Grasso, Josh Weiss and Jay O'Meara, who have a great chemistry together. They talk about and review (so far) mirrorless cameras while they walk around in New York, testing the camera in this real life situation in beautiful locations. Which makes for some great viewing. Recently they also did a photography challenge. Where Jay O'Meara gave Alison and Josh an assignment where they (in short) had to take pictures in New York at night with the theme "disappearing". They shot some great pictures, which gave me lots of inspiration.
Of cours there are much more photography related channels I enjoy(ed) watching. But I decided I had to limit myself to 10 channels. Hard choices had to be made and some cool channels were left out.
Let me know what your favorite photography related channels are and why. Who knows, there might be hidden gems on Youtube just waiting to be discovered.