We know that sometimes our customers stare at our gorgeous bamboo or maple picture frames just wishing they had something to print. Yup, we’re pretty sure that happens. That’s why we’re here with some inspiration for you from the pros, but let’s get one thing straight right out of the gate: this list is by no means exhaustive. In fact, it’s pretty much a list of some photographers who I personally happen to admire, either for their work, their willingness to share their knowledge with the photo community, or both. So without further ado, Plywerk presents the 5 Top Photographers’ Blogs… in the world!
Well this is a no-brainer. Seattle-based Chase Jarvis is pretty much the reason photographers started blogging, at least as far as I can tell. His blog is known not for showing off his work, but rather for offering advice and guidance to other photographers. Themes like risk and challenge are common, and he talks very openly with his audience, always offering encouraging words to help you step outside of your comfort zone. Chase is also one of the founders of CreativeLive, an amazing online learning resource for photographers of all skill levels.
In her career as a photojournalist, Ami Vitale has traveled to some 85 countries, covering war, poverty, disease, and the strength of the human spirit in overcoming these tragedies. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she is a name any aspiring photojournalist should know. Her blog covers her assignments on a personal level; the entries are short, but impactful, windows into a world few us experience or can even comprehend. She also has a great post on the Top 10 Rules of Travel Photography. Read it before your next big trip.
The Plywerk Blog
Coming in at number three on our list, it’s our own Plywerk Blog! A great resource not just on photography, but on life in general, and—oh, okay, we’re just kidding… Carry on.
Photographer, world explorer, writer, educator—David duChemin is a little bit of everything. He’s written several books on photography, including a must-read for any aspiring professional, Visionmongers (which, coincidentally, may be where I first heard of some of the other names on this list). He does a lot of work for NGOs abroad, and he’s not afraid to talk candidly on the difficulty of this type of work—budgets, living conditions, logistics, gear, everything. Add his blog to your bookmarks, follow him on Twitter/Facebook, and buy his books. You won’t be disappointed.
Chris + Lynn
If you’re an aspiring wedding photographer, take a deep breath, then visit the blog of husband and wife wedding team, Chirs + Lynn. Now breathe. It’s okay. Yes, they are incredibly good at what they do, and maybe your first thought is, “Holy cow I will never be that good.” Nonsense. Their blog is a collection of inspiration, use it as such. As one of the most renowned wedding photo businesses in the world, they have traveled internationally to capture the most special day of couples everywhere. Even if you are not into wedding photography, you should check out their work.
Trey RatcliffTrey Ratcliff is pretty much the Internet mascot of travel photography (I don’t know how travel became such a recurring theme in this article). Self-described as “a warm-hearted, old-school gentleman explorer with really cool toys,” you can’t help but want to be his friend. His blog, Stuck in Customs, is updated on the daily, and he has a huge social media presence. He also offers a unique perspective on his process, and is a proponent of small, “mirrorless” cameras, being one of the first pros to almost completely witch from shooting DSLRs. His blog is a lot of fun, and his photographs are beautiful. The only reason he’s last on this list is because, well, it’s a list and somebody has to be last.
Alright folks, that about wraps it up. Check out these blogs. Get inspired. Send us your images. We can’t wait to see how great your pictures look on Plywerk! I left a lot of great photographers off this list, so also feel free to chime in in the comments with your own recommendations!