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Today's photographers have an incredible wealth of free photography resources that help us all become better behind the lens.
From eBooks and downloadable guides to free online landscape photography courses to hundreds of YouTube photography channels dedicated to everything about photography, you really can't go wrong with learning photography online.
To help you cut through all the so-so resources out there, I've outlined (in no particular order) 21 of the very best YouTube channels about photography.
Cooperative of Photography (COOPH)
Our friends over at the COOPH put out some of the best photography content on YouTube.
Not only are their videos produced really well, but they're fun and are typically quite short, too.
My Favorite COOPH Video: 9 Tricks and Hacks to Up Your DIY Photography Game
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If you enjoy photography and humor, Kai W's channel is for you.
His dry wit and sarcastic remarks often steal the show in his videos, but don't let his sense of humor fool you...
Kai is an expert photographer and is one of the best photography teachers on YouTube, in my opinion.
My Favorite Kai W. Video: Things Only GEEKS Do
We feature Peter's videos in our articles on a regular basis because the dude knows what he's talking about (he's an award-winning photographer).
His tutorials combine his know-how with his excellent personality, so his videos are both informative and entertaining.
Perhaps the best thing about Peter's channel is that he often talks about a photography trick or technique, then shows you how he implements that trick or technique, and then gives you even further instruction on perfecting the image you've taken by offering tips on things like what lenses to use, why you should print your photos, how to edit your photos, and so on.
My Favorite Peter McKinnon Video: Make Your Photos Pop With One Click Using Lightroom Presets
B&H Photo Video
But their channel isn't just about the gear you need to buy...
Instead, they enlist some of the best photographers in the world to do detailed photography tutorials. And by detailed I mean detailed. Many of their videos exceed one hour in length!
My Favorite B&H Video: 7 Ways You're Using Your Camera Wrong
Not only are Rachel and Daniel of Mango Street excellent photographers, but they also have a warm, inviting vibe about them that makes you want to sit down at your computer and watch all their videos in one fell swoop.
Like the videos from the COOPH, Mango Streets videos are short and sweet, yet packed with tons of great advice for photographers that are looking to up their game.
My Favorite Mango Street Video: 10 Tips to INSTANTLY Take Better Photos
The bread and butter of PHLEARN's YouTube channel is teaching viewers how to edit photos.
Whether you're on team Lightroom or team Photoshop, you'll find dozens of videos that help you improve your editing workflow.
From removing dark circles from under someone's eyes to adding realistic-looking text to a photo to installing Lightroom presets, this channel has everything you need to perfect your images in post-processing.
My Favorite PHLEARN Video: The BEST Way to Sharpen Portraits in Photoshop
What makes Chris' gear reviews so great is that they are multi-part series, so you don't have to watch one giant video just to learn one specific thing about the camera or lens in question.
Instead, Chris parcels the details out into several smaller videos, making learning about your gear much, much easier.
My Favorite Chris Winter Video: Top 25 Best Photography Channels on YouTube
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What's so great about Jessica's channel is that it's incredibly unpretentious.
She doesn't pretend to know everything, nor does she try to make her videos appear as though she never makes a mistake.
It's that kind of approachable persona that makes her channel an ideal place to learn about everything from using props in portraits to taking photos of strangers on the street to figuring out what gear to use.
My Favorite Jessica Kobeissi Video: Michael's Craft Store Photo Challenge
Professional Photography Tips
Specializing in landscape photography, Joshua Cripps of Professional Photography Tips is the master when it comes to breaking down the process of planning landscape shoots, taking landscape photos, and editing them in post.
He also produces a number of videos on how to use specific landscape photography gear, like the various filters you need to get the best photos.
His videos are fun and to the point, but highly informational, too!
My Favorite Professional Photography Tips Video: Photography Mistakes - Stop Screwing Up Your Shots!
Karl Taylor is a renown product photographer, but his channel is much more than how to make everyday objects look cool.
Karl offers detailed demonstrations about how to tackle the art of photography, and he also has Q&A sessions in which he tackles some of the most common problems people encounter when taking photos.
My Favorite Karl Taylor Video: Seascape Photography Cheats, Tips, & Tricks
Tony & Chelsea Northrup
The king and queen of photography books have a great YouTube channel as well.
This dynamic duo also has plenty of videos on practical photography tips that will help you find more success and take much-improved photos.
My Favorite Tony & Chelsea Northrup Video: Photography Screwups
Thomas Heaton's channel is all about landscape photography...
His videos offer a behind-the-scenes look at the process of landscape photography, so you gain a better understanding of just how difficult it can be to get "the shot."
My Favorite Thomas Heaton Video: One Photograph Shot & Edited On Location
What I enjoy most about Mike Browne's channel is that he gets straight to the point.
There's no long intros or time messing about with trying to be cool or funny - he just dives right in and starts educating viewers on things like photography composition, various camera settings, and practical tips for using photography accessories.
His videos are short and very focused as well, so you know that if you click on a video to learn about color temperature, that's exactly what you'll get!
My Favorite Mike Browne Video: Sunset Photography Tips
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By and large, Serge Ramelli's videos focus on one thing - mastering Lightroom.
His Lightroom tutorials are the best in the business, with highly detailed step-by-step instructions for getting the most out of your images.
My Favorite Serge Ramelli Video: I Wish I Knew This When I Started Editing in Lightroom
As a professional photographer and photography teacher, Matt Granger knows the ins and outs of photography like no one else.
Matt also does a lot of behind-the-scenes videos that help clue you into how he approaches planning and executing his photo shoots.
My Favorite Matt Granger Video: Portrait Editing Tutorial - Simple Beauty & Dramatic Detail
Fro Knows Photo, as Jared calls himself, is a fantastic photographer who's fun and energetic videos get to the heart of how to be a better photographer.
Jared's videos delve into a variety of topics, and include things like gear reviews, how to process your images, and tutorials that tackle common photography problems, like how to get sharp images in low light.
He also offers up weekly reviews of the latest photography news so you can keep abreast of what's new and exciting in the world of photography.
My Favorite Jared Polin Video: 17 Photoshop Tricks to Edit Photos
Though Sheldon's YouTube channel is relatively new (just three years old at the time of this writing), he's amassed a huge following with his photography know-how and ability to create entertaining and educational content.
Sheldon focuses mainly on offering specific and actionable photography tips in each video - which means his videos are short and to the point.
My Favorite Sheldon Evans Video: 3 Adobe Lightroom Tips to Speed Up Your Editing
For those of you interested in learning more about portrait photography, Irene Rudnyk's channel is definitely worth a look.
There's even a few videos in which Irene recounts her photography fails, which are fun to watch because she explains why she failed and how to avoid failing in similar situations yourself.
My Favorite Irene Rudnyk Video: Failed Photoshoot Redo
The Art of Photography
Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography offers practical advice and insights for photographers of all skill levels and experience.
Ted even has fun photo assignments that get you thinking about critical aspects of photography.
My Favorite The Art of Photography Video: Polaroids in Brooklyn
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SLR Lounge has a plethora of photography tutorials that hit on just about any topic that you can think of.
As a bonus, their videos are typically short and sweet!
My Favorite SLR Lounge Video: 15 Tips for When You Have Trouble Focusing Your Camera
What's so great about PhotoRec TV is that Toby Gelstone offers up content for photographers of all skill levels on how to learn photography.
Toby also highlights different types of accessories, from lenses to bags to camera straps that are helpful when shopping for new gear.
My Favorite PhotoRec TV Video: My Approach Basic Settings - Manual Mode & Auto ISO