When I first started getting seriously interested in photography I pretty much consumed all the podcasts that the ‘tinterweb’ had to offer, but over time I realised that many of them are rather like many monthly/weekly magazines – the same articles just keep coming up and once you’ve heard it once it’s not as exciting the second and third time around. Similarly, now that I’m pretty settled with my camera, lenses, tripod and what not and am not looking to change the set up much (beyond the ongoing internal debate over a new wide angle lens), I don’t need the heavily gear focused podcasts that were engrossing in the early days. It’s not that there isn’t a place for these but they can be dipped into once every few months or so for the latest update rather than being compulsive regular listening.
So – below are my current favourite ‘must listen’ podcasts and their links so that you can check them out too!
I actually just received my first print copy of Lenswork magazine, having taken out the subscription based on the awesome quality of the podcast. At around 5 minutes long and approximately weekly, each podcast is delivered by Brooks Jensen the editor of Lenswork publishing. Focusing on the method and process of photography as an art form, or even as a way of life, recent topics have included ‘when is a project done?’ ‘composition as the strongest way of telling’ and ‘reviewing archive images for gems’. Brooks has a totally relaxing and yet engaging delivery as well as a clearly superb knowledge of photography as an art form and as a philosophy and this makes it my go-to podcast for inspiration and advice. For what it’s worth the magazine is also fantastic but I’ll save that for another time!
Chris Marquardt’s podcast has been running for 10 years according to a recent episode – which is pretty impressive! A good mixture of technical tips, current events in Chris’ life as a pro-photographer (including reflections on creating books, travel and business)as well as interviews and special guests this is a really cool podcast that’s a bit like a chat with a expert friend and which covers useful technical aspects of photography in a practical and accessible way – ‘news you can use’ if you like. However, unlike some other technical podcasts it’s not at all lecturing and it’s all delivered with great humour and an understanding that there are many ways to photograph just about anything. I love hearing about what Chris has been up to and am determined one day to attend one of his workshops as he seems like such a fun guy to be around.
Ibarionex Perello’s interview based podcast is now on episode 285 and has recently joined the TWIP (This Week in Photo) network, which I hope won’t change it too much. The challenge with an interview based podcast, is that it’s only as interesting as its guests and while there have been a few that I’ve found hard to listen to, the majority have been really interesting and provide deep insights into the photographers, their personal stories, motivations, processes and messages. Ibarionex is a consummate professional interviewer and although I’ve been looking for it (because it’s something that bugs me about chat shows and interview programmes generally), I’ve yet to find his questions formulaic or repetitive. My only gripe is that the interviewees tend to be street or documentary photographers and neither of those are strong interests for me as areas of photography – however I can’t complain really because there are tons of people who focus on street or documentary and the insights offered are by no means less interesting as a result of this focus.
So if you’re looking for a photography podcast for your daily commute, give these a go and let me know what you think. I’m still looking for more great podcasts so post your recommendations too!