Top 10 Must-Read Blogs for Photographers in 2012

by Jamie M Swanson

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since creating my first list of Top 10 Must-Read Blogs for Photographers, and I had no idea how popular it would be (right now it’s the 3rd most read post on my entire blog!)

I’ve decided to make this an annual list. There’s more and more blogs for photographers starting up every day, and so I want to help you cut through the fluff and find the blogs that will really help you grow your business.

It was incredibly hard to narrow it down to just 10 blogs, but I’ve painstakingly done so to bring you only the best.

Top 10 Must-Read Blogs for Photographers (2012)

psychology for photographers

1. Psychology for Photographers

Psychology for Photographers is a brand new blog that rocks my socks off. Amazing content that will help you get more clients and sell more to your clients, and Jenika, the author of the site, has a heart of gold for helping people. I can’t get enough of her posts.


photography web marketing guide

2. Photography Web Marketing Guide

Zach Prez does a really great job talking about how to use the internet to market and grow your photography business. He’s got some fabulous products such as the Photography Web Marketing Guide, 55 Smart Web Ideas for Photographers, and Photography Blog Success.



photography concentrate blog

3. Photography Concentrate

Rob & Lauren are amazing at putting up concentrated posts full of useful information for photographers. They are incredibly talented at teaching, and their tutorial products are both thorough and yet broken down into easy steps making learning a breeze. I highly recommend checking out Awesome Album Design Skills, Extremely Essential Camera Skills, and their new e-book Simple Wedding Photography.

Photo Mint

4. PhotoMint

Lara White has a plethora of helpful posts on her blog, especially if you are a wedding photographer (although other professional photographers will still get much value out of her posts as well.) Her free “Get Published” guide is amazing for helping you gain exposure and publicity for free, and her new e-book “Get Connected: Build Relationships to Drive Your Business” tells you all her secrets for getting valuable referrals for your business.

Elizabeth Halford Blog

5. Elizabeth Halford

Elizabeth Halford is a portrait photographer in the UK who writes very helpful tips for photographers. She’s great at taking technical concepts like focal length and bit depth and making them easy to understand for us non-techy types.



Brand Camp Blog

6. Brand Camp Blog

Kristen Kalp makes me swoon with jealousy when I read her writing. Seriously, she knows writing, branding, business and how to bring it all together to make your photography business thrive like crazy. She also uses her super powers to hug orphans in India and make the world a better place.


tiffinbox

7. Tiffinbox

Seshu’s Tiffinbox is an incredible site that is full of resources and has input from photographers around the world on it. He’s not afraid to shake things up, such as with this post called “On Chasing Rainbows and Unicorns” (which was written by a local colleague of mine). Definitely a site worth following.


digital photography school darren rowse

8. Digital Photography School

While dPS is not primarily geared towards photography businesses, they have several posts that will help you grow your business as well as a comprehensive e-book called the “Going Pro Kit” that will walk you through what you need to do to finally start your business step by step (and it covers more than just portraits and wedding photography). There’s also tons of information to learn to be a better photographer and a thriving community to get involved in.

tofurious blog

9. Tofurious

Lawrence is downright brilliant for the amazing posts he publishes. He’s great at making you think (and making you hungry!) and I have made tons of extra money from what I learned in his Creative Pricing & Packaging ebook that I bought and implemented into my wedding packages. He also published a physical book called “Social Media Marketing for Digital Photographers” that is available through Amazon.

A man to fish blog

10. A Man to Fish

Todd never ceases to make you think about why you are doing what you are doing, where the value is, and when to step outside of the box. He’s a great person to read to really think about why you do what you do in your business. While I don’t always agree with his opinions or thoughts, they get me thinking about my business in a new light and makes me really consider why i do things the way I do them.

What are your favorite blogs?

I know there are TONS of blogs for photographers out there that aren’t on this list. List your favorites below in the comments (and link to them!)

Full disclosure, many of the links above are affiliate links, however this was not a factor in determining rankings (obviously, as my #1 pick has no affiliate links attached at all).

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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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Kasey Loftin Photography March 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I love Jasmine Star’s blog. She witty, hilarious, and provides tons of good tips and confidence boosters for photogs. Check her out: http://www.jasminestarblog.com/index.cfm?catID=5

Jamie M Swanson March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Jasmine Star is truly a brilliant business woman. :) Thanks for posting!

Dylan March 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

These are great! adding them all to my google reader!

Jamie M Swanson March 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Glad you liked them!

Jensen H March 22, 2012 at 6:18 am

For some photo industry related commentary and out-of-the-box discussions, check this one out: http://portfoliography.com/blog/

Jamie M Swanson April 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Jensen!

Bogdan April 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Black Star Rising is pretty good, at times controversial…

http://rising.blackstar.com/

Jamie M Swanson April 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Bogdan. Why controversial?

Bogdan April 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Some times there’s a bit of a stormy post getting hundreds comments… at times heated ones :-)

I Love Photo Blogs June 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Awesome group of new photography sites I will be checking out! Thanks for your efforts

Jamie M Swanson June 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

You’re welcome. :)

Declan August 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

If you like New Zealand and you like landscape photography, this site might be of interest! There is a photo blog and photos of New Zealand’s extraordinary landscape.

traceyclark September 14, 2012 at 12:29 am

can’t wait to check out all the awesomeness.

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