I always find a plethora of YouTube channels available about any subject, no matter how crazy it is. So naturally I thought that if I searched for Street Photography channels I would get loads of hits in the search results. Well, I was wrong. It turns out that there aren’t many Street Photography YouTube channels out there after all. As a matter of fact I can count them on the fingers of my one hand!
I thought that even though there aren’t that many YouTube channels available it would still be useful to list them all in a blog post, because you never know when you will want to take a look at a Street Photography tutorial, or listen to a Street Photography idea / concept.
So, here it is, just for you, 5 Street Photography channels you should subscribe too, presented in a totally random order:
Zeno Watson is a “a life photographer from Glasgow, UK.” He explains in his blog which is at http://zenowatson.com in his own words, what a life photographer is. Specifically he says:
“What is a life photographer? I photograph personal and commercial projects capturing people at their best, going about their living and adding value to their life or their business.”
What I like about Zeno’s channel is that he talks about the things he likes and the things that interest him as a Street Photographer and that he also shares his photos as slideshow videos. A good resource, especially for the newcomers to Street Photography.
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbzi9lgFxWc2eLk9MkzQ3Tw
Another interesting Street Photography YouTube channel is “GritStreet Photography”. It is presented by Chuck Jines a really hyped up guy living in Chicago, that seems to absolutely love Street Photography. You can read more about Chuck on his personal website at http://www.chuckjines.com. What I like about Chuck’s channel is that he shares some very interesting projects. Stuff like real life stories of people of the streets in which they themselves narrate their experiences while Chuck presents photos about them. Very interesting.
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCGTJIJEDtxDc2F1GH4O28g
Jesse Acosta is a street photographer documenting every day city life. Jesse had a general Photography YouTube channel but some time ago he decided to focus purely on the genre of Street Photography. What I like about Jesse is that he straps his Flip Cam to the top of his camera and walks the streets and gives us, the viewers, a first person experience of Street Photography. After each click, he also shows the photo he took, something that for me is very interesting. You can tell that he puts a lot of work into his videos because it is time consuming to take the photos, process them and then show them in the video at the correct moment. Of course this adds to the viewers experience and that is why Jesse does this. You might find that most of his street action videos are shaky, that is because of the Flip, it does not have “steady shooting”, but even so, they are enjoyable to watch.
UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, Jesse has updated his video camera and now shoots with one that offers a much smoother, less shaky experience, making his videos, all that much better!
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHszcMkHx4yOgRBjuzCzY-A
Eric might be the world’s most well known contemporary Street Photographer and the reason for this is because he invests a lot of time and effort in promoting this genre of Photography via his blog at http://erickimphotography.com and his YouTube channel. Out of all the channels listed in this blog post, this is by far the one with the most subscribers. As he himself mentions in the about section of his channel:
“I am an international street photographer currently based in Los Angeles. I travel the world and teach street photography workshops and will try to share as much knowledge as I can about street photography here!”
I like watching Eric’s videos because he really get’s into details about Street Photography. He explains why he does what he does and always tries to find new and creative ways in which to explore and present the art of Street Photography. I really enjoy watching his videos, even the ones in which he just talks to the webcam when inside his bedroom. He uses Leica cameras, a film and a digital one I think.
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJOL6q7RhSJbhwTQAaJOwiQ
John is the oldest and most experienced of the Street Photographers presented in today’s blog post. His channel has been going for a while and in his videos he talks a lot about the frame of mind a Street Photographer should have in any given situation. In many of his videos he doesn’t even use a camera, but emphasizes a lot in the way Street Photographers should act and think. John’s channel is a very interesting resource well worth the watch. If you visit the About section of his channel you will see that is says that John Free is a social documentary/street photographer who lives in Los Angeles. His photographic essays range from railroad tramps in California to automobile abstracts to London and Paris street life. John has been inspiring to photographers of all ages and skill levels for many years through teaching sold-out classes and workshops in street photography in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and London. Part stand-up and part evangelist, he speaks from the heart to inspire new generations of photographers.
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UChgZlXub-dVuGtTq11O7yZA
So, as you can see Street Photography is not widely covered on YouTube… yet. There aren’t all that many channels that specialize on the subject. However the ones that are there are all worth the watch and can offer some really amazing tips and insights, especially to people that are just getting into the art of Street Photography. If you feel that those resources aren’t enough for you, you could always take a look at these 3 very big general Photography YouTube channels that occasionally cover the subject of Street Photography:
If you know of any other Street Photography specific YouTube channels that you think would be of value and you would like them to be added to this blog post, please let me know in the comments sections.
Stay sharp & keep shooting