Photography YouTube Channels
May 19, 2023 issue #51 – Some photography related YouTube Channels I've been watching lately.
When it comes to watching videos on YouTube, I watch in spurts. I’ll go several days watching video after video, and then I’ll go weeks without watching any. Lately, I’ve been watching quite a few, and today, I’d like to share a few YouTube channels I’ve been frequenting.
I recently purchased a Bronica SQ-Ai 6x6 120 Film Camera (affiliate link) with an 80mm f2.8 Lens from eBay and went to YouTube looking for videos on how to use it. I found several videos by a man with the first name Adrian. I’m unsure of his last name, but his YouTube channel is AOWS. Although he has several videos on the old film camera I purchased, over the past couple of years, he’s eschewed that camera for a more modern Sony digital camera. He has a unique style that I adore, and I think you’ll find it interesting. He shoots high-contrast, square, black-and-white images with a considerable amount of grain.
In the video above, you’ll get a good idea of his style and how he ventures to realize it.
Just last night, I stumbled across a YouTube channel called Imitative Photography. I do not know the name of the person behind the channel – I couldn’t find it.
In his videos, he takes a deep look at a well-known photographer’s work – one that usually will have a distinctive style – then attempts to imitate their work. Most often, he does a good job creating similar images.
In the video above, the host of Imitative Photography looks at the work of the Croatian photographer Olga Karlovac. In my view, he does a great job figuring out how she creates her images and then taking similar photographs himself.
If you’re interested in learning about the history of photography and of the photographers who created that history, I think you’ll like Tatiana Hopper’s YouTube channel, THopper. She has videos about all the greats, including W. Eugene Smith, Garry Winogrand, Gordon Parks, Mary Ellen Mark, and many others.
One series of videos she does that I enjoy is the series she calls Silver Screen. Included in this series are videos of famous people, most often actors, that also dabble in photography. For example, in the video below, she discusses the photography of the actor Jeff Bridges:
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