Top 10 Must-Read Blogs for Photographers

by Jamie M Swanson

#blogs4togs

When I got the idea to start this blog, I started researching the various blogs for photographers that were out there. I wanted to make sure that The Modern Tog wasn’t simply doing the same thing that everyone else was already doing.

Along the way, I’ve collected a large number of blogs that I follow that have helped me to grow my own photography business. Here’s a list of the Top 10 Must-Read Blogs for Togs that will help your photography business (other than this one, of course!):

Top 10 Must-Read Blogs for Photographers

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1. Digital Photography School – This site focuses on basic shooting techniques, gear reviews, and post-production. While I think it’s geared more towards photography hobbyists than professionals, there’s a lot of really good foundational information that will help you to become a better photographer, especially if you are just starting out. It also has one of the strongest forum communities I’ve seen on a blog, which I think is highly valuable when getting yourself established.

2. MCP Actions – Whether or not you use Photoshop actions in your editing (I mostly do not), this blog has lots of great business advice that will help your business to grow. Jodi, the author of the site, sells her actions as well if you’re interested in them.

3. Tofurious – This blog is full of marketing techniques for photographers. Lawrence is a wealth of knowledge, is good at making you think for yourself, and always has great examples that make the lesson easy to understand. He also authored Creative Pricing & Packing for Photographers (affiliate link), which I found valuable in thinking about how to set up the various packages I offer my clients.

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4. Zack Arias – Zack Arias is a stellar photographer with a heart of gold. He cares more about the industry as a whole than just about anyone I know. He’s ridiculously talented for his off-camera lighting, and his OneLight DVD is probably the best introduction to using your flash and learning lighting techniques that is out there. One of my favorite parts of his blog are his website critiques, which are worth watching to learn what you should and shouldn’t do when setting up a website (you’ll also learn about shooting as he talks about the images).

5. The Joy of Marketing – This blog has a ridiculous amount of good marketing information for photographers. They also offer free webinars from time to time that are amazingly helpful and full of excellent advice.
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6. Inspire Me Baby – This site features portrait shoots, but along with them they give shooting tips for photographers that are related to the images shown. It’s an excellent resource for any portrait photographer.

7. Brand Camp Blog – Another helpful blog with business tips, mostly revolving around branding and being true to yourself. I’ve enjoyed reading this blog over the past year or so since it started.

8. Photo Lovecat – I believe I’ve read through this entire blog. It’s written by a collection of photographers whose advice is right on the money. While it isn’t as active as it used to be, it’s still a great blog to follow and read. Their workshop reviews and information about WPPI are incredibly helpful.

9. Elizabeth Halford Photography – I just recently found this blog, but it’s full of all sorts of really solid advice about working with clients and running your business. She’s not afraid to tackle the difficult subjects, like how to deal with naughty kids, and I think this will end up being one of my most-read blogs and probably moving up the list over time. Good stuff.
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10. Photography Parlour – This is a site full of interviews with photographers. It’s more of an interest type of site than something that will help you to grow your business, but I enjoy reading about other photographer’s work and thought that others of you might enjoy it as well.

What are your favorite Blogs for Togs? I know there are lots more out there – list your favorites in the comments below (and link to them!) Even more fun, link to them with the hashtag #blogs4togs on Twitter. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the love, and that’d be a great place for us to see what other blogs people love and follow!

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Jamie M Swanson is a Madison Wedding Photographer with her husband Brandon. She enjoys photography, loves the business side of things, but truly comes alive by helping others grow their own businesses. Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Jamie M Swanson April 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

So what are your favorite blogs? List them here!

Seshu April 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Claire! You rock … thank you so much for mentioning Tiffinbox. It’s all coming together because of people like you.

Jamie M Swanson April 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I actually follow yours as well, but I limited myself to ten for this time around. Maybe next year we’ll do this again and see where the list ends up. Lots of #blogs4togs out there and more starting all the time. Fun to see what you are up to though. Good stuff.

Rich Copley April 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I just discovered you through Elizabeth Halford’s blog. Cool stuff. The first photo blog I ever followed was Todd Owyoung’s I Shoot Shows: http://ishootshows.com/. It is geared toward concert photography, but also has great equipment reviews, rockin’ portrait tips and some good business advice.

Jamie M Swanson April 8, 2011 at 7:57 am

Ooh, thanks for the link! I hadn’t heard of that one, but I’ll be adding it to my RSS reader list. Thanks!

Melissa April 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm

http://blog.brookesnow.com/
She is a must read, I think!

Jamie M Swanson April 8, 2011 at 7:59 am

Ooh, I just wasted 20 minutes poking around over there as I hadn’t heard of her. Good stuff as well. Thanks!

Glenwood Springs CO Photographer April 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I love Digital Pro Talk and digitalphotopros.com (more like a forum than a blog). Thanks for posting these. Karen

Jamie M Swanson April 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

You’re welcome.

Dena April 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Another one of my favs is iheartfaces.com. They have a great community over there as well. Awesome list. Thanks for sharing.

Jamie M Swanson April 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Yes, I’ve heard of iheartfaces but haven’t really checked them out. I must do that soon. Thanks for sharing!

Mihai Rosu April 20, 2011 at 3:55 am

Hi and thanks for the top 10. Those blogs are really amazing, i enjoyed them.

Jamie M Swanson April 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

You’re welcome!

Eric May 25, 2011 at 7:02 am

I totally agree with tofurious, Lawrence is a photog marketing GENIUS!! I follow his blog almost religiously lol. Great list btw!

Jamie M Swanson May 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thanks Eric. I love Lawrence’s stuff as well. Have you read his Creative Pricing & Packaging ebook? It’s totally great too. He does a wonderful job of taking broad marketing concepts and distilling them for the photography community. Good stuff.

Henry Zawacki August 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

i enjoy jared polin(aka the fro) at froknowsphoto.com great advice for getting started and equipment reviews.

Jamie M Swanson August 29, 2011 at 10:38 am

Another one I haven’t heard of that I’ll need to check out. Thanks!

Rochelle Marquette October 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

First of all I must say I absolutely LOVE <3 love your blog! Thank you for all of the free info! I think my brain is going to explode lol. I'd like to suggest a vlog for photographers new or old that also includes step by step help with photoshop. It's called Phlearn and it has also been a wealth of knowledge. Good luck in all you do and keep up the good work! As a new photographer I know that you are highly appreciated!

Rochelle Marquette– Third-i Photography

Jamie M Swanson October 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

Hi Rochelle!

Thank you! :) I’m glad you’re finding it useful. I’d love it if you’d take some time to share it on Facebook or with other photographers you know. :)

Photography Concentrate is another great resource for photographers if you haven’t checked it out yet and they talk a lot more about the photo-taking side of things, while we’re pretty much all business here.

Rochelle Marquette October 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Photography Concentrate is awesome thanks for that! Just found the Jedi Knight’s guide to photography! And I shared their link and yours on Facebook :)

Jamie M Swanson October 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Cool, thanks!

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