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20 best podcasts for photographers in 2021

20 best podcasts for photographers – Esther Ling from Talking Shot podcast
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If you thought podcasts were a thing of the past, think again. Podcasts may be a product of the iPod era, hence the name, they are increasingly they way people use their free time to listen to on their mobile phone, tablet or laptop. And with so many of stuck at home, and not able to go out an shoot pictures of the things we love, then listening to other photographers share ideas and opinions is a great way of spending some time during lockdown.

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Like streaming video, though, the only problem with podcasts is finding the quality content amongst a sea of dross. So in this post, we've done the work for you and curated the very best podcasts for photographers available today. 

And the best thing is these 20 podcasts for photographers are all entirely free to stream or download.

1. Podcast Scenario  

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These audio documentaries go behind the scenes of photo projects

Podcast Scenario is a series of audio documentaries that each go behind the scenes of a specific photographer. 

Two things make this podcast stand out. The first is the professionalism of its production, which is equivalent to a show on say, America's NPR or the UK's Radio 4. And the second is the fascinating and inspired choice of projects. 

To date, there have been six episodes, each between half an hour and an hour long, featuring photographers including Clare Hewitt, who takes landscape shots for her pen friend on Death Row; Lewis Khan, who has an artists' residency at Chelsea and Westminster hospital, where he takes taking images of staff and patients; and Jennifer Balcombe, whose long-term project focuses on her brother's physical changes throughout gender transition. 

2. A Photographic Life

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There's an informed and intellectual tone to this show

A Photographic Life is a weekly podcast by photographer, writer, lecturer and filmmaker Grant Scott, where he discusses the latest news, themes and issues surrounding the photographic community. 

Episodes are normally around 20 minutes long and recent guests have included Marc Wilson, Brian Griffin, Amy Romer, Margaret Mitchell and Robert Darch. There are over 100 episodes in the library so far – so plenty to choose from.

The informed and intellectual tone is the thing that really makes this podcast distinctive. If you're looking for quick and easy shooting tips or camera reviews, you'll need to head elsewhere. But if you're looking for thoughtful discussion about photography and life, informed by experience, this is the podcast for you.

3. Sunny 16 podcast 

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This podcast explores the contemporary world of analogue photography in all its forms

Film's not dead, and here's the podcast that proves it. Hosted by Ade, Rachel and Graeme, Sunny 16 explores the world of analogue photography in all its forms. 

The show features interviews with everyone from authors to artists, gallery curators to film lab owners. Episode 139, for example,  features Ethan Moses, who talks about his many products, including Cameradactyl 4×5 cameras and the Buttergrip, and the challenges facing anyone trying to manufacture cameras. The show has now recorded some 200 episodes for you to sample and savor.

The show, which varies in length but can often run to over 90 minutes, also covers the latest news, listener feedback and whatever else is on the presenters' photographic minds at the time. Overall, there's a bright and breezy tone to this show that's infused with the hosts' obvious passion for their subject.

4. The Togcast 

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Explore landscape and travel photography with The Togcast

Launched in 2016, this podcast is specifically focused on landscape and travel photography. 

Hosted by photographers Sam Gregory and Paul Sanders, The Togcast show includes interviews, gear reviews, image reviews and more. Recent interviewees include Verity Milligan, Michael Pilkington, Ben Osborne, and Lizzie Shepherd. 

The tone is relaxed and chatty, and it all adds up to an easy listen that's nonetheless  informative and often inspirational.

5. A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers 

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This show features in-depth interview with well-known photographers

This fortnightly podcast delivers exactly what it promises in the title: in-depth, high quality interviews with a diverse range of world-class photographers. 

Recently reaching its 128th episode,  interviewees on A Small Voice have included Zed Nelson, Tom Oldham, Simon Norfolk and Lynsey Addario. Episodes typically last between one and two hours, so host Ben Smith really gets to dig deep.

Smith works as a pro photographer but he originally trained as a journalist, and it shows in the professionalism of his interviews, which are always on point and cut right to the heart of the matter.

6. Process Driven 

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This show focuses not just on the 'what' and the 'how', but the 'why' of creative projects

Process Driven is a show about creativity that's currently on its 33rd episode. In each installment, host Jeffery Saddoris engages in frank, in-depth conversations with creators from a wide range of disciplines, to talk not only about the 'what' and the 'how', but also the 'why'.

Photographers are well represented in the archives, with past shows focusing on well-known names including Kevin Mullins, Ondřej Vachek, David DuChemin, Kristopher Matheson and Simon Baxter. 

Most episodes last around an hour, and Saddoris does an excellent job of breaking down people's creative process; in a way that both inspires you and leaves you feeling like you've actually learned something.

7. The Stalman Podcast 

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Stalman's charm makes even techie discussions on this show an entertaining listen

Presented by Tyler Stalman, The Stalman Podcast looks at photography, cinematography and technology, and the intersections between them. 

The discussions can get pretty nerdy, but even when the talk gets super-technical, Stalman's innate charm and sense of positivity carries you through and keeps the tone light and entertaining. 

Since 2017, its creators have posted 82 shows, which typically run for an hour or so. Recent topics include Filmmaking in the future, Tech and the pandemic, and Timie for everyone to learn how to stream.

8. He Shoots, He Draws 

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A loosely structured podcast that's as laid back as they come

Hosted by Glyn Dewis and Dave Clayton, He Shoots, He Draws looks at the worlds of creativity, photography, graphic design, business and life. Each week, they chat about the things they admire, the people that inspire them, and what they love and loathe in the industry. 

Guests have included Sue Bryce, Matt Pereira and Vincent Versace. Episode lengths vary hugely, from as short as 20 minutes to as long as an hour. This is, in part, a reflection of the laid-back, relatively unstructured approach the genial hosts, who have been friends for years, take to podcasting. In just over two years, they have recorded over 100 episodes.

But don't be fooled by this casual attitude: these two guys really know their subject, and once they get their teeth into a thorny subject, they can come to some quite insightful and compelling conclusions.

9. Film Photography Podcast 

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Reviews, tutorials, and tips focused on analogue photography

Another podcast focused on analog photography, this bi-weekly show sets out to inform, engage and inspire film shooters, both novice and professional. 

Hosts Matt Marrah, John Fedele and Michael Raso share product reviews, tutorials, and tips in a way that deconstruct complex topics without dumbing down the content. Episodes are typically between 45 minutes and an hour long – and there are now over 240 to choose from.

Launched in 2009, Film Photography Podcast has become the focus for a worldwide community of film enthusiasts, complemented by its YouTube Channel, newsletter, Walking Workshops and School Camera Donation Program. In short, a must-listen for any enthusiast for analog film.

10. Shoot Edit Chat 

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Insights into how photography entrepreneurs run their businesses

Hosted by two British portrait photographers Vicki Knights and Eddie Judd, Shoot Edit Chat is squarely aimed at "people photographers and creative entrepreneurs". 

The presenters chat about what it’s like to run a photography business today, and to guests about their own experiences and takeaways. Recent interviewees have included celebrity photographer Andy Gotts, marketing expert Melissa Love, and Florida-based family photographer Twyla Jones.

With most episodes around 60-90 minutes long, the bright and breezy hosts really get under the skin of the issues discussed. It's not often that most of us sit down with another photographer and really grill them on how they run their business, so this is essential listening for any entrepreneur in the industry.

11. Graincast 

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Two pros chat about photography, in discussions that can meander anywhere and everywhere

Graincast comes from what might be seen as the purest form of podcasting. Basically, three friends sit down to chat about photography and how it matters to them; nothing more, nothing less. 

Currently on episode 38, the show's discussions are laid-back to the extreme; frequently rambling and often shooting off on wild tangents. Episode lengths vary wildly, and can clock in at anything from 30 to 90 minutes.

If you're looking for a structured podcast about photography with formal learnings, then, forget it. But if you like the idea of intruding on what's more or less a private chat - between men who are passionate about their subject, but who never take it too seriously - this irreverent show is well worth checking out.

12. Picture This: Photography Podcast

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Chelsea and Tony offer unbiased reviews of cameras and insightful advice on technique

Available as both a video and audio podcast, Picture This sees professional photographers Chelsea and Tony Northrup dig deep into the history, technology, and personalities of photography. 

Launched in 2016, this slickly produced weekly show offers unbiased reviews of cameras and insightful advice on technique, from two presenters who have strong opinions on the subject, and show unceasing enthusiasm for it.

Recent topics include 'Kodak invented the digital camera then went bankrupt', and 'How to work from home (and actually get stuff done)'.

13. FroKnowsPhoto 

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Crazy hair, crazy guy

Another podcast that's steeped in irreverence, FroKnowsPhoto sees abrasive, wild-haired presenter Jared Polin discuss the latest photography-related news, rumors and debates in a characteristically direct and honest manner. 

Episodes are usually about 20 minutes long, with discussions including ones titled 'Sometimes you need to eat s#@t', 'Am I A Victim BLAMER??? #DontBeAnAsshole' and 'Photo retouching has gone too FAR!!!!'. 

As you can probably tell from the titles alone, shockjock Polin doesn't beat about the bush, and has clear views that he expressly keenly, loudly and often with expletives.

14. Talking Shot 

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Talking Shot is a collective of photographers and filmmakers who love to get together and have a relaxed chat about what’s going on in the industry. Whether it’s shooting styles or a special guest, the approach is light-hearted yet informative. Although the podcast was born in 2019, the trio of presenters – Jim Cossey, Ross Grieve and Esther Ling – have released more than 40 episodes. 

Topics are satisfyingly diverse, with recent show names including “I wish I had taken that,” “Tears, Trump, Quals and Competition” and the simple “Three Photographers in a Pub.”

15. PetaPixel Photography Podcast 

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The latest news and opinion, all wrapped up with a dash of humour

You're probably already aware of the photo news site Peta Pixel, but did you know they also did a podcast? 

Mostly hosted by Mike "Sharky" James, a retired newspaper photographer and magazine editor, this once twice-weekly show fused together news, opinions, humor and real-world experience – but is not being produced as regularly in 2020 as it was in previous years.

Now up to episode 334, PetaPixel Photography Podcast is a great listen for anyone wanting to improve their photography - and especially if you're looking to upgrade your kit, as James gives detailed and unbiased reviews of the latest tech that will help you understand whether it's worth buying or not. 

16. This Week in Photo

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Going since 2008, This Week in Photo is a photography podcast institution

Launched in 2008, This Week in Photo is one of the longest running photography-centric shows in the industry. 

Hosted by Frederick Van Johnson, the audio and video podcast centers around a weekly round-table discussion of the major developments in the world of photography, photo critiques and one-on-one interviews with big name photographers and companies. 

With the show having hundreds and hundreds of episodes to choose from,  discussions include how to influence photographers, the psychology of photography, and the truth about photographic gear.

17. Photographers Keeping It Real

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A banter-filled podcast that keeps things light

Hosted by wedding photographers Andy Hudson and Steve Grogan, the Photographers Keeping It Real podcast began in 2017 and has since spawned eight episodes. 

With the aim of "celebrating the world's best documentary wedding photographers", the format is basically two mates bantering and reminiscing about their wedding experiences, with the occasional guest thrown in. 

Most episodes run to between 45 and 90 minutes, and the ironically awful theme song at the start should tell you everything about the tone they're going for.

18. Photographers On Fire

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Four great interviews with inspiring photographers

If you're looking for more of a slightly more businesslike podcast about shooting weddings, then check out Photographers On Fire, hosted by wedding photographer Simon Biffen. 

The show aims to bring you "inspiring interviews with awesome wedding photographers", in which Biffen finds out how they run their businesses, from SEO to shooting. His style steers a good line between being relaxed and chatty, while still getting the answers he needs from his guests.

There are only four episodes available, which date back to 2016, but each is still well worth a listen for anyone running a photography business.

19. The Epic Podcast 

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Casual conversations about photography, life in general, and everything in between

One final wedding photography podcast to add to the list. On the immodestly named Epic Podcast, currently on its 73rd epsiode, professional wedding photographers Sam Hurd and Nathan Mitchell discuss a range of topics ranging from their professional experiences to music, equipment, movies, and life in general.

The two presenters are very open and honest about their creative process and their business practices, and the conversational tone makes you feel like you've just sat down with them in a bar or cafe. 

Topics covered are neatly summarized in the episode titles; for example, 'The one about Nikon mirrorless and making money from single card slots'; 'The One About Dieting, Buying Fake Followers, And Secret Projects'; and 'The One About Covid-19, Cancellations, Money, And Movies'.

20. Phototypes 

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Professional and revealing interviews with top-class photographers

In this podcast hosted by Matt Bowen, world-class photographers reveal their personal stories and inspirations. 

Bowen asks guests such as Gregory Crewdson, Jose Villa and Paris Gore questions like: what drives them to produce the best photography in the world, how do they market themselves and if they weren't a photographer, what would they be? 

With a typical episode running to between 30 and 45 minutes, the Phototypes interview style is very professional and journalistic, and the answers always revealing. There have been no more additions to the library since 2016, but the 25 episodes are still worth checking out.

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Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella.