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Favourite YouTube Channels

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Favourite YouTube Channels

I wanted to make a list of my favourite YouTube channels that I go to for a source of inspiration, knowledge and entertainment. Previously I made a list of my favourite Instagram accounts, which you can find here, so I thought it would be a good time to share what I enjoy watching to maybe inspire you. 

Casey Neistat | 8,256,091 subscribers
I stumbled upon Casey Neistat because of his Snowboarding with the NYPD video (which you can see below) as it made the news around the world. Neistat isn’t so much a photographer as he is a vlogger and film maker, but what I find amazing about his content is his ability to be creative every single day. A short history on Neistat is that he started with next to nothing as a high school dropout moving to New York but began making movies. He made his first viral video in 2003, before it was easy to make a viral video on a platform like YouTube, called iPod’s Dirty Secret which criticized Apple about their battery life. After that and the success of another short film, Neistat was picked up by HBO to create a series before making more short films on YouTube including a 2011 short film about Bike Lanes before starting his daily vlog in 2015. He has also started his own video sharing app Beme, which was then sold to CNN for $25 million in 2016. He has most recently began Beme News which is a unique look at major events like Hurricane Harvey, the iPhone X battery test and open carry laws in Texas. Neistat even sent a crew to Calgary after the release of the Dunkirk movie to interview veteran Ken Sturdy who was at Dunkirk and was featured on Global News after he went to a local theatre to see the movie. 

Watching his videos gives new appreciation to capturing moments and working hard to create content everyday, even if he is an extreme example. I think he is organized chaos but it is addicting to watch him capture the mundane and everyday occurrences in his life, sprinkled with some pretty amazing moments. Each one of his daily vlogs are carefully edited and presented which shows that putting time and energy into your creative content will eventually pay off. Most of his content is created in New York, which his style and the city seem to go hand and hand in his success. 

Peter McKinnon | 1,371,593 subscribers
I want to say that the first time I checked out Peter McKinnon’s channel was because I was searching how to do something. McKinnon is a photographer/videographer that has seen a ridiculous growth in the last year or so of his channel, 1,000,000 subscribers in 9 months kind of ridiculous growth. Part of this massive growth is the combination of amazing photos, videos and instruction. Even amongst other phenomenal YouTube creators, McKinnon is seen as a top notch videographer, in fact he has recently been collaborating with Casey Neistat more often as well as some other great creators like food photograper Dennis The Prescott or fellow filmmaker/photographer Matti Haapoja

Like Neistat, it is refreshing to see how McKinnon puts pro level time and energy into something like a vlog or a two minute tutorial. One of the biggest takeaways I have had from watching his channel is to try and put that effort into free work to showcase your talents to potential clients down the road. Always energetic McKinnon makes it easy to follow along in his tutorials and often talks about the things he has done to go from being a guy holding down part time job after part time job to becoming a full-time photographer, filmmaker and YouTuber. He is also Canadian so, support local. 

Jared Polin (aka Fro Knows Photo) | 708,809 subscribers
The Fro was the first YouTube channel I can remember following along religiously and following along to try to pick up new and better ways to take photos. He is often a straight shooter regarding how he does things, how he feels others should do things and in his honest general opinions. Polin is in Philadelphia so there is a magnitude of things to be able to photograph corporate, landscapes, architecture and professional sports. All of which he has created tutorials on which include the camera equipment he is using, how he composes images, how he edits those images and how he delivers those images to clients. He has since evolved the channel to include more and more product reviews with regards to camera equipment as well as more photography news with things like a Fro Knows Podcast. 

Thomas Heaton | 176,447 subscribers
Located in England, Heaton is a calm and methodical landscape photographer that is a stark contrast to the likes of Neistat, McKinnon and Polin. I enjoy landscapes, you can check out my personal Instagram account, @kriskush1, and Heaton is a fantastic landscape photographer. His approach is all about planning and preparation for only a couple of photographs versus taking dozens of images and praying for one to work out. Often you will find Heaton explaining his settings as well as reasoning behind the composition of the image he is looking for with the occasional video in a 'how to' approach. His landscapes are often breathtaking with the England landscape, and seascape, the subject of most of his photos but like most successful photographers, you can find him all over the world. 

Adam Gibbs | 1,223 subscribers
Gibbs' YouTube channel is the most recent I have found and watch as much as I can. He is a landscape photographer who often visits local settings such as the Canadian Rockies as well as more recently the Vancouver area. Like Heaton, Gibbs plans, hikes and works for the right composition of an image or two before moving on. He seems to be incredibly particular in what he is looking for, as evident in one of his videos where he bypasses a shot in Johnston Canyon in the Banff National Park because he just wasn’t feeling it. Most people would still photograph the site because who knows when they will be back, but not Gibbs. It was the Jasper National Park videos that drew me to Gibbs’ channel as it would be amazing to be able to capture them in the manner he does. 

The Camera Store TV | 288,891 subscribers
These guys are out of Calgary and are heavy into the show and tell aspect of photography gear. I find their videos where they showcase a new piece of camera equipment to be incredibly well done as they will photograph subjects that the average person or photographer might be shooting and give you a recommendation on the gear. They cover both photography gear as well as videographer capabilities of the camera equipment that they are testing for a decent all round review. 

The Art of Photography (Ted Forbes) | 376,611 subscribers
Ted Forbes is the host of the Art of Photography which is an incredibly in-depth look at photography and the history associated with photography. You can instantly tell that Forbes is one of the brightest photographers around with a passion that is equal to that knowledge. Forbes has covered everything from film photography to new camera equipment impressions to motivation as a photographer to, as the name of his channel suggests, photography as an art form. Often Forbes will reference a photographer that makes you go “who?” but once you look up the photographer he is talking about or he shows you a piece of their work, you will more than likely recognize it. 

Something very cool you can find on his channel is his Photo Assignment project. The idea would be a series of assignments that would help you as a photographer maybe break out of a creative funk or just get to rethink how you compose an image. Very cool as every week a new assignment would be walked through by Forbes and he would share submissions by his viewers for the previous assignment building his community. 

Andrew Kearns | 88,861 subscribers
I used to watch Kearns' vlog daily as a source of entertainment more than anything. It was amazing to see this young fella roam freely across the Pacific Northwest area hiking and shooting throughout Washington and Oregon states primarily. His YouTube channel contained some great videos showcasing how he does what he does but it is mostly a daily vlog style channel, heavily influenced by Casey Neistat, where he takes you along on his journey. It is quite astonishing what a creative person who surrounds themselves with creative people can accomplish. 

Kearns hasn't posted a video since August 8, 2017 but he is still very active on his two Instagram accounts @andrewtkearns and @secondhand_kearns which he uses to document his journey. 

Thanks for checking out this blog post and it would be great to hear if you have any go to YouTube channels by commenting down below. 

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Instagram Inspiration

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Instagram Inspiration

I have found Instagram to be a great source of inspiration for me since joining the social media platform in June 2015 (late to the party I know). Since they I feel like the way I envision, plan and shoot photos has drastically improved due to the constant stream of inspiration from photographers locally and across the globe. 

October 31, 2016 stats from https://www.instagram.com/press/

October 31, 2016 stats from https://www.instagram.com/press/

Instagram has a lot of users of which more than 500,000,0000 use the platform monthly and 300,000,000 are checking their feeds daily. The 95,000,000 photos and videos posted each and every day are liked 4,200,000,000 times! The amount of content that is out there is astonishing and includes photos/videos right from a mobile device all the way up to carefully edited photos of heavily curated accounts. 

With that amount of activity and that wide spectrum of users, it is quite easy to find inspiration and to see things that make you as a photographer (casual or professional) want to learn and continue to grow. 

In no particular order, here are some of the Instagram accounts that I find myself checking almost daily for new content. 

 

TRICIA VICTORIA | @triciavictoriaphotography | triciavictoriaphotography.com

In June 2010 Tricia was the photographer that my wife and I chose for our wedding. She was just starting out but had already shown what an immense talent in photography she had. Today her work gets routinely featured in some of the best wedding magazines in the industry and she is a part of the amazing We Three Workshops. Aside for the sheer beauty of her images and that amazing look - I am inspired by her path to success as a local photographer and how hard work pays off. 

 

I feel that the Travel Alberta account has the best of the best from across the province. They highlight and share photographers work to over 402,000 followers and they do so by picking some of the best photos. Mountains, prairies, cities, wild life and weather. I find myself looking at these images and saying "I've been there before, but I've never seen that look so good". Something that photographers all strive for when someone is looking at their work. 

 

CAREY NASH | @careynash | careynash.com

I can't say enough about how much I enjoy looking at Carey's work. The portraits, the landscapes, the style and the locations. Alway amazing backgrounds. While he doesn't solely post black and white images I think his black and white portraits are absolutely stunning. Another highly sought after local photographer who I admire greatly. 

 

ANDREW T KEARNS | @andrewtkearns | andrewtkearns.com

I actually first came across Andrew's work on YouTube as he has a daily VLOG about his life as a photographer and the journey that it takes him on in the Pacific North West area. I was hooked at his ability to push himself to be creative every day, specifically with the vlog. His work is amazing from his landscapes to his portraits in one of the nicest areas, the Seattle area, on planet Earth. 

 

The Junebug Weddings account description reads "empowering couples around the world with the inspiration and resources to create a celebration worthy of their love". I think it is bang on for what the account posts to over 268,000 followers. Amazing wedding photos from around the world in a style that I thoroughly enjoy. Looking though the account gives you a great sense of the creativity out there for weddings and the photographers behind those stunning images. 

 

As someone who gravitates towards the candid and photojournalistic approach to photography, Jenna's Instagram account is something I am envious of. She has beautiful images in a great high contrast style of her life. They are the little moments that happen to all of us but she captures them with such style that they make you push yourself as a photographer to capture those seemingly meaningless moments that turn into cherished memories. 

 

Edmonton and it's surrounding area is quite beautiful and a great account to get to experience the beauty and the photographers who take these images is YEGGERS. The YEGGERS account takes photos from photographers out shooting landmarks, weather and events in and around the city of Edmonton. A very cool thing that YEGGERS does is host Instameets. It is an opportunity to join a group of creative photographers and go for a photo walk. 

 

The Vancouver based Lululemon has a great account which combines their product, the people that use their product and the communities that these people are in. There is some fantastic photography throughout the account and it captures their product beautifully. Community events throughout the country get highlighted in the account as well. Locally, the Lululemon YEG account takes all of the great things the main account has and showcases Edmonton and the people in Edmonton who support Lululemon. 

 

Kara is a boudoir photographer based out of Austin, Texas who uses natural light to create amazing portraits. I find her work extremely natural with limited editing processes keeping the portraits simple and the women she photographs beautiful. Her account combines some great behind the scenes photos all in the same magnificent style. 

 

HAYLEY GARNETT | @th3littlestavenger

As a parent I find capturing my kids extremely joyful yet extremely hit and miss. Hayley's work seems to always be a hit through her candid shots of her family's adventures. She has an incredible style and the collection of images makes you feel a part of her family. Imagine her little ones being able to look back at all of the images when they are older and how great it will be. 

 

GETTY IMAGES SPORT | @gettysport | gettyimages.ca

Perhaps the gold standard in sports photography, Getty Images has photographers at sporting events across the world capturing the biggest moments and making lasting memories of those moments for fans. The best photography equipment in the world and some of the best sports photographers in the world leave us with awesome images.

 

Johany photographs the Canadian Football League (CFL) and sold everything she had to pursue a dream. In 2015 Johany started a journey that took her across the country shooting CFL games and putting together the Our League Our Country photo book which culminated at the 2015 Grey Cup. The book and her account showcases the CFL, the game of football and the fans who enjoy the Canadian game. 

 

JOHN ROBERTSON | @johnrobertsoncbc

I met John at a YEGGERS Instameet in 2015 and I have been addicted to his account ever since. John uses only his iPhone to capture the everyday sights of Edmonton and his life as a video journalist. It is inspiring to see someone use only a phone and their imagination to make awesome photos daily. 

 

CORY JOHNN | @coryjohnn | coryjohnn.com

I have been blown away by Cory's work since the first day that I joined Instagram. Cory was the first person to like one of my posts which caused me to to click on his name to see his work. Amazing landscapes with an awesome moody style to his images. Looking at his work instantly makes me want to pack up and head to the mountains. 

 

ANDY KENUTIS | @vikingsphotog

I am not a Minnesota Vikings fan but the work of team photographer Andy Kenutis is simply stunning. It is a great mixture of game action, big moments and behind the scenes looks at the players and the organization. His account is inspiring to me as both a sports fan and a photographer because he brings the players and fans close through his images. 

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