Learn Photography on YouTube

Learning is fun!

 Everyday and against the advice to avoid the light of the screens before to sleep, I am watching new videos on YouTube, about photography, graphic software or web design.

In this post, I am going to recommend you the channels I have discovered through the years ( and the YouTube recommendation algorithm).

1.- Julia Trotti:

I have been following Julia's work from the time she had a Blogger blog where I got a bunch of Photoshop Curves for free. She is from Australia.

She makes videos about gear, editing ( in Lightroom, Photoshop & Luminar), travel vlogs, behind the scenes & photocritic of the followers' work. 

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DigitalFilmLabs/featured

2.- Kayleigh June

I am following her from her photography on Deviantart (I think). Some names appeared several times from the time I was searching for free presets on the platform. Later she made a YouTube Channel about fashion photography. Another Australian photographer. 

She makes videos about retouching (very good ones using Dodge & Burn, if you want to learn the technique), behind the scenes and photoshoots, showing the work with models, props, pricing, how to begin in Fashion Photography, the work with agencies and more useful ones.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/KayleighJune

3.- Tatiana Hopper:

A channel I discovered recently. From the United States, very interesting studies of general photography topics.

She makes videos about photographers. Check the playlist with unusual (or unexpected) photographers as Viggo Mortensen, Gina Lollobrigida or classic ones, such as Vivian Maier, Diane Arbus or the famous brazilian photographer SebastiĆ£o Salgado.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/THopper/videos

4.- Jessica Kobeissi:

I have been following Jessica for some time now. 

She makes videos about the topics of Editing ( in Lightroom & Photoshop), group photography challenges (with other known youtubers as Brandon Woelfel), and some various TV programs critic, follower’s photo critic and more miscellaneous topics, as pricing, props and working with models & agencies. She is very funny.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JessicaKobeissi/videos 

5.- Nigel Dawson: 

Nigel makes videos about landscape photography, teaching editing (in Lightroom mostly), printing advice, composition, light, gear, in-location shoots and more topics that make him a channel from beginners to experts.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/NigelDanson

6.- Maarten Schrader:

Maarten features mostly edition process & coloring. Often he takes a well known style from others photographers and from zero he explains how to get one particular look. The edition software of his preference is Lightroom.

So, if you want to get the Cinematic look or the Orange & Teal you know now who visit. From time to time he gives away DNGs and presets.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/MaartenSchrader/videos

7.- James Popsys:

The first reason I subscribed to the channel was his sense of humor. He is super funny. 

You can accompany him on his ramblings through the English countryside taking Landscape photographs or travelling to wonderful places such as Iceland, Slovenia, the Dolomites in Italy.

He touches topics as edition (Lightroom), gear and composition and everything outdoors, such as camping!

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesPopsysPhoto/videos

8.- Roman Fox:

I discovered Roman’s channel this year.

Roman makes videos about Street Photography in London. Tons of tips and tricks in gear, edition, composition, lighting and you can virtually visit London downtown in every video, which is a plus for me because it is a city I love, so you can see the Thames river, the London Tower, the Shard and the beautiful places that make London the intriguing city it is.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/snapsbyromanfox/videos

9.- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom:

“Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers essential editing and organizational tools for all photographers, whether you’re a professional or just getting started with your photography journey.” As they state on the About page.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Lightroom/videos


A well known channel I have been following for years.

PhLearn teaches how to edit in Photoshop and Lightroom for photography purposes & whatever you can imagine, as optimization for web publication, Instagram, color grading, retouching, photomanipulation and graphic editing. 

They have long & short videos.

They are usually giving away presets & actions, textures and all sort of graphic stuff to add some spice to your photography, if your thing is manipulation.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/phlearn/videos

11.- Jimmy McIntyre:

Jimmy is the creator of Raya Pro &  the Free Easy Panel, which I use to create luminosity masks. The luminosity masks are selections of Bright, Medium or Dark areas of a picture, in order to colorgrade or blend multiple exposures. 

Jimmy makes videos about editing Landscape Photography, using Photoshop and Lightroom. 

The Free Easy Panel is usable on the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JimmyMcIntyre/videos 

12.- Jamie Windsor:

British photographer with strong accent in editing in Lightroom, street photography, coloring, how to achieve a certain kind of effect (cinematic, for example),, gear, light, composition, and general advice, such as how to overcome creative block.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/jamiewindsor/videos


I am leaving a lot good channels out because I am too lazy to search more, but I invite you to check YouTube and discover new ones.

All the mentioned channels are not disposed in a particular order, so you can check any of them and get to know the style. But in all of them you can learn something. You will see that some of them are very practical and others are super general. The general view of the Photography is important to have a wider view of the possibilities of the activity. But they are full of practical and difficult topics too, such as pricing & clients.

I hope you find them useful.

Learning is fun!

Behind the Scenes

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