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10 YouTube Accounts Photographers Need to Follow

December 18, 2016

YouTube might be the go-to platform for watching the latest music videos, funny clips, and keeping up-to-date with your favorite vloggers, but did you know that you can also benefit from it immensely as a photographer?

There’s a wide array of channels on this platform dedicated to educating photographers through helpful tutorials, insightful reviews, and much more. As with most things relating to the internet, it can often be mind-boggling just knowing where to start! How do you sort through the trash and treasure when it comes to photography-related channels on this popular platform?

Today I’ve rounded-up ten of the most popular YouTube accounts photographers need to follow! From those run by professional photographers themselves, to channels operated by some of the biggest photography-related brands – you’ll certainly want to check each of these out!

Emily Soto

Emily Soto Photography

Emily Soto has become one of the most famous photographers in the world thanks to her artistic and high fashion photography which can often be described as enchanting, deeply emotive, and whimsical. Her work has been published in V, Allure, Teen Vogue, Nylon, Elle and S Moda (just to name a few!), plus she has had her photography exhibited around the world, including destinations such as NYC, London, Paris, and Berlin.

The talented photographer also runs her own YouTube channel featuring a wide range of inspiring and educational videos. Viewers can learn all about her Photoshop editing process and how she achieves various effects in her tutorial videos, plus she offers behind-the-scenes looks into her workshops and photo shoots.

Those interested in fine art fashion photography won’t want to miss these glimpses into Emily Soto’s career and life. She really is a rare gem of a talent within this industry.

Jessica K

Jessica Kobeissi

Similarly to Emily Soto, Jessica Kobeissi is also a very famous young female photographer whose work has taken the world by storm. She specializes in fashion photography and portraits, while her work contains a signature dreamy, feminine, and soft aesthetic.

Jessica Kobeissi also runs her own popular YouTube channel aimed at educating photographers of all levels, as well as providing a behind-the-scenes look into her life. What is so wonderful about the photographer’s channel is that she isn’t afraid to tackle the big issues, whether that’s honest advice about how she built her portfolio, discussing the importance of photography contracts, or delving into how to deal with rejection and failure.

So far, her videos have had over 6 million views, and it certainly isn’t hard to see why. There are countless videos featuring the photographer’s best tips for achieving all sorts of things – from working with smoke bombs, finding the best natural light, photographing weddings, and contacting modelling agencies (just to name a very small portion!)

Every photographer can learn something from Jessica Kobeissi’s YouTube channel, no matter what field you specialize in.


Photoshop Tutorials by PHLEARN

This YouTube channel has a following of over 1.6 million people and its videos have been viewed a whopping 64,898,328 times! Firstly though, who is PHLEARN? For those of you unfamiliar with the platform, they describe themselves as “a small, fast and flexible company comprised of creative and passionate photography professionals. Our fun and innovative company creates Photoshop and Photography tutorials for photographers in all phases of their career… Everyone who works at Phlearn is also a photographer, meaning we understand what photographers want. We’ve gone through the struggles of being a photographer and want to help you navigate through them.”

The channel’s free tutorials help you achieve a whole range of effects using Photoshop to edit your images, whether you want to remove objects, add a logo behind a person, add fire to a photo, or even add different patterns to clothing. The videos range in duration, however most are about 5 to 20 minutes long.

Viewers also love the host’s engaging, humorous, and down-to-earth personality. Over 1.6 million people can’t be wrong, so be sure to check out the channel to see what all of the fuss is about!

Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorials

If you’re after Photoshop tutorials for beginners to advanced, then this is the YouTube channel for you! With over 428,000 subscribers and 16.5 million views to date, these figures prove just how helpful their step-by-step video tutorials are.

They also specialize in featuring helpful how-to’s for multiple versions of Photoshop, including Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop, and Photoshop CS6. Some of their popular videos include helping photographers achieve beautiful underwater scenes, dreamy glow effects, double exposures, and ghost scenes (among many others).

So if you’re wondering how to achieve a specific effect through Photoshop’s editing functions, why not check out this channel for an in-depth and easy-to-follow tutorial? Who knows what amazing work you’ll be able to produce with their assistance!

Thomas Heaton

Thomas Heaton

Thomas Heaton is a well-known landscape, travel, and outdoor photographer. He has 15 years’ experience as a photographer and has been a full-time professional for over 7 years now. The talented Thomas Heaton also runs his own YouTube channel where he invites viewers to “follow me as I venture in to the outdoors to photograph some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.”

You’ll love the pangs of wanderlust you feel as you watch the photographer trot his way all over the globe, experiencing some of the most breath-taking environments that this world has to offer. Furthermore, Thomas Heaton also offers helpful, first-hand advice to fellow photographers, including topics such as selling prints, how to plan and pack for a landscape shoot, and how to print and sell your own calendar.

For those of you who love looking in other photographer’s camera bags, Thomas also regularly shares which equipment he brings along on his travels to use in his photo shoots. It really is an interesting and insightful channel for any photographer interested in the genres of travel, landscape, or outdoor photography.

SLR Lounge

SLR Lounge | Photography Tutorials

Many photographers will be familiar with the website SLR Lounge, so you’re probably pleased to also hear that the popular platform has their very own YouTube channel filled with incredible content. You’ll find photo editing tutorials, news, camera gear reviews, and videos discussing the business side of photography.

This channel has currently had over 16,992,961 views. If you’re after helpful photography-related content from professionals in the industry, then you’re sure to find this channel to be extremely educational and enjoyable to watch.



Fstoppers describe themselves as “an online community aimed at educating and inspiring photographers, videographers, and creative professionals”. Their YouTube channel has had over 30,888,520 views already, with an incredible 5,903,180 views of their ‘Stun Gun Photoshoot’ alone.

While one could argue that this channel is definitely aimed towards males more so than it is towards females (bikini models galore!), every photographer is sure to pick up on some valuable advice. There’s some great equipment reviews, behind-the-scenes looks at photo shoots, and community critiques, all with some humor thrown in for good measure.

You also can’t deny just how much fun these photographers are having as they go about their career and this positivity is infectious!


Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden is a famous fine art photographer whose work has inspired millions of photographers interested in creating surreal, emotive, and stunning images. Her website explains: “Brooke works to capture fantastic realities within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements.”

Her self-portraits are like nothing you’ve seen before and you’ll be pleased to hear that the talented photographer created her own YouTube channel to offer that all-important behind-the-scenes look into her amazing work.

Brooke is also an ambassador for helping fellow photographers to find their passion within and achieve their dreams, therefore her videos aren’t just educational, they’re hugely uplifting too.

You’ll find videos showcasing her editing process, as well as ones which delve into topics such as protecting your images, letting go of creative baggage, dealing with criticism, overcoming anxiety, and increasing your social media following.

Plus, Brooke’s bubbly and positive attitude is sure to inspire even the most unmotivated of photographers!



To truly discuss the wonder that is AdoramaTV (it’s actually one of the most popular YouTube channels for photographers), here’s an excerpt from the brand themselves:

AdoramaTV is the preeminent source for videos related to photography, video and audio. Of course we have new product releases and gear reviews, but what sets AdoramaTV apart is how we connect with our viewers and create engaging creative content… From studio lighting, video, and compact cameras to Photoshop, audio gear and photographer interviews, AdoramaTV has something for any visual creator wanting to have more fun and a better experience with their camera.

AdoramaTV regularly uploads videos on a whole range of topics featuring different professional photographers, so you know you’re always learning from the experts who have proven experience and success in the field of photography. So far, the channel has 517,118 subscribers and has accumulated an impressive total of 56,610,111 views.

Sorting through their overwhelming amount of uploads might seem daunting, but thankfully the channel is organized into playlists so you can pick and choose which area you are most interested in, such as beginner, intermediate, and advanced tutorials.


The Camera Store TV

The Camera Store TV is Canada’s most popular photo / video channel! Its hosts, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake, fill you in on “the latest and greatest cameras, lenses, trends and techniques in photography and cinematography”.

There’s a great mix of humorous videos in amongst more serious reviews, tips, and tricks to keep photographers entertained. They offer an in-depth look at what using each camera is like out in the real world, so you gain an unbiased and informative opinion from experts in the field.

Overall, this is a great channel that any photographer is sure to enjoy and we can certainly see its subscriber count continuing to grow at a fast rate.

There you have it – 10 of the best YouTube accounts photographers need to follow! Will you be subscribing to any of these channels for tips, tricks, tutorials, and other photography-related content? There are a multitude of YouTube channels online aimed at helping photographers, so why not take a look around and see what other gems you might be able to find? Best of luck!

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