Creativeprose: Free Photography Podcasts
I'll preface this list by saying that it is necessarily limited. New photo-oriented podcasts pop up all the time, and you could listen to them all day every day and not get through everything. If we've missed one of your favorites, let us and other readers know by locating the VoxBox icon to the left of the article and clicking "Respond to this article."
Also note that I largely skipped over Photoshop podcasts. There are scads of those, many of them good, but to keep this article a reasonable length, I'm limiting it to photography podcasts that aren't all Photoshop, all the time.
Craig Tanner's Radiant Vista is a well-established Web site that has spun off an excellent podcast. The 'cast provides a wealth of knowledge for landscape and outdoor photographers and anyone interested in expanding their photo technique knowledge. The Daily Critique is a companion 'cast that critiques an image with sportscaster-like drawings on top of the images. Obviously, this is not an audio-only podcast, but it's a great learning opportunity. As long as you're in the visual side of 'casts, check out Tanner's Photoshop Workbench, videos that are filled with Photoshop tips.
LightSource Studio Photography is from the folks at StudioLighting.net. It includes interviews with photographers and techniques on studio photography. The tips are great.
The Candid Frame interviews photographers. You can listen to this podcast on your way to work, then see images from the interviewed photographers on the Web site while waiting for the coffee to brew.
Jeff Curto records his History of Photography course at the College of DuPage; the result is the Photo History Lectures podcasts. Curto uses the iTunes interface's album artwork spot to show thumbnails of the images he's discussing. The thumbnails can be hard to see on the iPod, but the size is adequate on a computer screen. The Camera Position is another Curto 'cast about the creativity of photography.
While not for landlubbers, the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography podcast includes helpful tips. To see the images mentioned in the 'casts, you can go to the school's site.
The Image Doctors are Jason Odell and Rick Walker of The Nikonians. These 'casts emphasize "all things Nikon" but also cover general photography topics. There is also a Nikonians Podcast Interview with a Nikon shooter; you can reference the images they discuss on the Nikonians Web site.
Tokyo-based professional photographer Martin Bailey has a long-running show, the Martin Bailey Photography Podcast, that uses his own shots as a launching point for photography discussions even amateurs can benefit from.
Scott Sherman's product-centric TPN: The Digital Photography Show is a polished audio podcast with the added bonus of contest prizes you really want to win.
Photography 101, from Scott Wittenburg, is a good source of advice and inspiration for composing photos and playing with camera features such as exposure.
How to Tune In
One of the easiest ways to download these and other podcasts is through Apple's iTunes software. From the iTunes Music Store home page, choose the Podcasts genre, then the Arts & Entertainment category, then the Photography sub-category. Note, though, that some very fine photography podcasts exist in the Education category. However, that category is huge, so it takes longer to browse than the Photography subcategory.
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