Curious to know whose photography or video blogs you read after you make your very first stop of the day at VSL....???

I'm always curious about new blogs or blogs I have missed that either showcase good photography or have some unique viewpoint about cameras, lenses, lighting and technique. I try to balance topics here but I'm an avid reader of other blogs as well. I suspect you are as well. Please consider sharing fun to read blog resources that you read on a regular basis.

As I am asking the question I guess I'll get the ball rolling.

My favorites, in no particular order, are:

The Luminous Landscape 

The Online Photographer 

Bythom (Thom Hogan's site)

Dedpxl (Zack Arias)

Petapixel is a good aggregator

Robin Wong

Ming Thein



The Camera Store TV (video programming about cameras)

Help me find more and share them.

edit: definitely list your own blog if you have one!


Larry Cordeiro said...

I shoot with a Fuji X-E1 so one of my daily stops is with the Fuji X Forum.


Frank Grygier said...

Rumor sites are fun:
4/3 Rumors
Sony Alpha Rumors

Ron Preedy said...

David Taylor-Hughes has a good blog on www.soundimageplus.com

Michael Matthews said...

Visual Science Lab
The Online Photographer
Ming Thein
Julianne Kost
Thom Hogan
Scott Kelby Photoshop Insider
Lightroom Killer Tips
Entropic Remnants Photography (Flickr)

Victor Bloomfield said...

Humans of New York (http://www.humansofnewyork.com/)
Lens Culture (https://www.lensculture.com/)
A Photo Editor (http://aphotoeditor.com/)

Les said...

Since it probably indicates that I'm reading the right kind of stuff, I'm flattered that 60% of your list is on my list too.......

"Tuna" Man said...

Tuck, Luminous, and TOP top my list, read them daily. Since I shoot Fuji I also read Fuji Rumors.

Anonymous said...


The only site I regularly check that isn't on your list (assuming that you're on your own list!) is

I also periodically check three sites that don't update very often (the last of these not since March 2014):

I also look regularly at the photographs on
(which is not a blog, but a beautiful gallery by Warren Krupsaw).

Thanks for your list. There are several there I've never looked at.

Walt Foreman

Anonymous said...

VSL, TOP, sporadic on others

David Zivic said...

For me, Your first two are the only other ones.( LuLa and TOP) I miss Shutterfinger and gave up on Plop. I don't do video. BTW I appreciate your positive thinking, but I read yours 3rd, probably because of the strong influence of portraits and artificial lighting, neither roof which interest me. I do find some of your portrait subjects very aesthetic though.

Mike said...

Tangents (http://neilvn.com/tangents/)
David DuChemin's blog (http://davidduchemin.com/)

Jeroen Pulles said...

Here's a selection from the thirty-something photography-related blogs I follow. I like it that there's authenticity in these blogs. In no particular order:

and the occasional post at themachineplanet.wordpress.com

John Krill said...

Ibarionex Perello (Video Blogger & Podcaster) The best of both on the Web!
Julianne Kost
The Art of Photography (Video Blogger)
Thom Hogan
Lightroom Killer Tips
NY Times Lens Blog
The Online Photographer

amolitor said...

I read vsl and top religiously, ming thein and the front page of lula occasionally (but enough to keep up).

Then there's *my* awesome blog, which obviously I read obsessively, over and over.

amolitor said...

Oh, and also, duh, I read Daniel Milnor over at http://shifter.media every single day. He updates somewhat less often though.

Anonymous said...

My list covers most of the sites on your list plus an excellent site covering Fuji gear: http://www.johncaz.net/blog and several rumors sites and FM forums.

Andre said...

I'm so glad someone else mentioned Ultrasomething and Jim Kasson's blog. US is an irreverent view of our weird little hobby, and he's a really nice writer as well who knows how to turn a phrase. And Jim is probably the best technical reviewer out there for anything that he decides to look at. At the same time, he's also a fantastic shooter --- check out his galleries.

I also like Machine Planet by Dante Stella: https://themachineplanet.wordpress.com/ (“Like the Economist but without the brains, wit, etc.”)

On YouTube, I like the Art of Photography, a one-man show by Ted Forbes for its breadth of topics, especially his in-depth look at the works of famous and not-so-famous photographers.

And I love Ben Horne's Youtube channel. He's an 8x10 landscape photographer, and if you want to know the meaning of slowing down, look no further than his beautifully self-produced video journals of his week-long camping trips.

Anonymous said...

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/ - great site for teardowns (lens innards! camera viscera! and more!) and reviews

Anonymous said...

Check Daily
The Online Photographer
Ming Thein
News Shooter www.newsshooter.com (the best video production blog, nothing else come close)
Terry Richardson www.terrysdiary.com (picture blog - sometime NSFW)
Josh Wool www.joshwool.tumblr.com (picture blog - portraits)
Viktor Vauthier www,viktorvauthier.tumblr.com (picture blog - fashion - often NSFW)

Check Once a Week
A Photo Editor www.aphotoeditor.com (used to be a Check Daily)
Thoughts of a Bohemian http://blog.melchersystem.com (mainly stock photography, but some interesting insights about Advertising)
Ohm Image http://ohm-image.net (an audio geek who shoots audio gear, also does pod casts)
Fashion Gone Rogue http://www.fashiongonerogue.com (see the latest in fashion photography. Editorial, Advertising, Look Books, etc)

Check Only When Article Recommended
LuLa https://luminous-landscape.com

Richard said...

Interesting that we share a number of blog choices, notably LuLa, TOP, and EOSHD.

Others I follow that you don't include:

American Suburb X
Dear Susan
Sony Alpha Rumors
Faith is Torment
Kyle Cassidy
Mirror Lessons
Philip Bloom
Photography Life
No Film School
Vincent Laforet

Bill Danby said...

It's fashion, but it's photography: http://www.thesartorialist.com/

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Joseph Kashi said...

The French site http://www.loeildelaphotographie.com/ produces an excellent English language edition each day surveying photographs and images worldwide.

Robert Hudyma said...

Yu-Lin Chan's "Lens Bubbles" features obscure old lenses on digital cameras and nice images too:


Anonymous said...


in this order (honestly)

Art in LA said...

I think I discovered VSL when you guest posted at TOP. Here are some other sites I follow/visit:

-- Thom Hogan's mirrorless page
-- Petapixel ... click through from Facebook when something interesting pops up
-- DPReview articles ... RSS feed
-- Kai Wong/Digital Rev ... pops up on my Facebook feed; I get a good laugh from time to time
-- dyxum.com ... a forum, not a blog where I get my Sony info, chance to chat with other Sony/Minolta users
-- Robin Wong ... also on my Facebook feed
-- Sony Alpha Rumors ...

... I'm sure there are others, but these are top of mind.

Carlo Santin said...

I stopped reading all the blogs you have listed for various reasons. I'm pretty picky/finicky/impatient when it comes to listening to other people and their opinions. So at the moment it's:

The Angry Photographer (youtube)
Chuck Jines (youtube)
Maarten Heilbron (gear reviewer on youtube, very detailed and impartial reviews)

http://the-invisible-cities.com/-not much writing, mostly an image journal, which is why I like it

http://www.tokileephoto.com/--love her work, her approach and her philosophy, website + blog

http://www.gordonparksfoundation.org/--he took images I wish I could learn to take

I also cruise by the rangefinder forum, mostly to see what's for sale, and the odd forum discussion.

That's about it at the moment.

Michael Ferron said...

Eric Kim, Ming Thein, Thom H and occasionally I read an Austin local called Kurt or Kirk something. ;) LL ok too. I like those who can photograph. Not those who cant and just right about it :)

Cpt Kent said...

-Used to read Ming, have moved on (artistic reasons)
-http://www.thisiscolossal.com - not strictly photography, but does feature it. Amazing art that inspires.
-I get an email for F11 magazine. Great stuff.
-LL, less often
-the odd DPR forum
-PP, if the artical interests me.
Catch up every other week on
-Robin Wong
-Lens rentals

Thanks to the others for their feedback - I'll certainly be checking out those sites in not aware of.

Dave Lemieux said...

Hi Kirk-
Online Photographer
Photography Life
Robin Wong
Admiring Light
Huff (for entertainment)
Anything m43 related

Brian Keairns said...

Photography blogs


Video blogs


Audio blog


Anonymous said...

For a peek at some vintage cameras in the wild, I pop over to Global Camera Style. It's an aggregation of several "camera style" blogs and feeds.

Святослав Хребто said...


Paul Perton said...

DearSusan (a response to Susan Sontag's comments re substandard photography) at dearsusan.net.

While you're there take a look at our city guides for photographers - see the real city and not the tourist hot spots - Tokyo, Singapore, London, Copenhagen, Cape Town and Istanbul already available. Amsterdam and George Town (Penang) soon.

Ian said...

Kirk, thanks for asking the question, these answers will provide resources to sift through for a while.

My list:
Daily first up with coffee:

A few times per week:
A photo editor http://aphotoeditor.com/
Luminous Landscape
Alltop - Top Photography News http://photography.alltop.com/
Digital Photography Review

My photographic tribe (Canberra Photographic Society) has a blog which some may find to be interesting:

Many others less frequently:
Keith Cooper http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/index.html

The Ballarat Photo Biennale also has two publications which provide an interesting perspective on photography, visually and written. BETA and ONE THOUSAND WORDS.

David said...

I check out "H.O's Diary" shortly after reading your blog. (https://hophotos.wordpress.com/) I love his mostly portrait orientation shots of cars. And the fun he is having with his recently acquired Nikon D3200. (He also shoots film in an old Leica.) He has a different sense of composition from a lot of other people. Don't have the slightest idea what he's saying, though, and Google translation doesn't help very much.

I'm over at "On the Corkboard" (http://onthecorkboard.blogspot.com/). I don't talk very much; just put up the pictures.

You're on my regular daily reading list. And I also enjoyed the portrait gallery you recently put up. Keep up the good work!

David Littlejohn

Michael Connell said...

Dan Milnor at http://shifter.media/ and Patrick LaRoque at http://www.laroquephoto.com/blog/ are two of my favorite stops on the web.

Pat said...

nikon rumors
Thom Hogan
japan camera hunter

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned editorial portraitist Brad Trent https://damnuglyphotography.wordpress.com

jlemile salvignol said...

What is essential with Roger Cicala is that he considers cameras and lenses strictly for what they are: potentially fallible industrial products:


This constant attitude of Roger is ethically unattackable (rejection of idolatry.

Just to say

Peter C. said...

A couple I haven't seen mentioned yet:

Guy Tal - http://guytal.com/wordpress/
Only posts a few times per month, but very thought-provoking. I've never seen a mention of gear.

Lenswork Daily (Brooks Jensen) - http://daily.lenswork.com
Focus on the creative process; virtually no mention of gear.

Anonymous said...


Mark Davidson said...

Great lists here. I read most and have found a fewness ones.
Not mentioned AFAIK:
Resource Magazine
PDN online. (Subscription for some content)
SoundImage Plus ( can be interesting but occasionally repetitive)
Flash Havoc

Robin Wong said...

The top of the list for me has ALWAYS been VSL! Never fail to check your blog every single day Kirk.

My list:
Steve Huff
Ming Thein
The Online Photographer

Robin Wong said...

And Kirk now you have made me feel so guilty of not updating my blog as religiously as before. I envy you, you have so much happening in your life with a busy photography career and yet you can compose quality blog contents so frequently! I really do not know how you do it.

soboyle said...

A couple great blogs that I didn't see listed here:
Ultra something photography by gregory simpson
The photo fundamentalist

Rev. Heng Sure said...

Kirk, I picked most of my blog choices from the sidebar on your blog two years ago, and I visit regularly, so thanks. VSL is where I discovered Robin Wong's writing and photos. Robin's blog was most influential in moving my camera and lens choices towards Olympus and mirrorless. I like Patrick LaRoque's eloquent images using Fujifilm cameras. (I know we don't do no Fuji on VSL.) (http://www.laroquephoto.com/blog) Patrick is part of the Kage Collective. (http://www.kagecollective.com) which is an international group of dedicated Fuji-users. Spike over on Pattaya Days blends humor, attitude and keen photography chops. Plus he opens a window into British ex-pat life in Thailand. (http://www.pattayadays.com/blog/). One tumblr blog I check regularly is Kurt Kamka's (http://kurtkamka.tumblr.com). Kurt is a Yankee expat living in Manila; his images sear the heart.

Rev. Heng Sure said...

Left out two that I enjoy:
Austin's own ATMTX: (http://blog.atmtxphoto.com) Even if he does like HDR.
The GetDPI Forum (must register) where some fine photographers post their work and discuss their gear. I post on the Micro-4/3rds side but you can find all formats being chewed over. (http://www.getdpi.com/forum/)
Always enjoy Zack Arias' DEDPXL. (http://dedpxl.com/blog/)

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Anthony Bridges said...

These posts have been very educational. Here is my list:

Photography Life
Ken Rockwell
LensRental (Love Roger's history articles)
Luminous Landscapes

From time to time:
Neil van NieKirk (where I found out about VSL)
Steve Huff

Diogenes Montesa Baena said...

VSL is in my top 5, in addition to Gail-at-Large:

On my own blog I do the occasional product review, albeit all on Sony (I'm a Sony fanboy):

George Bishop said...

Hi Kirk,

Yours is my go-to blog first thing every morning (after a quick peek at the headlines on Reuters) . . . . your prolific output and catchy writing style has me hooked, you always seem to have something fresh, interesting and relevant to say. I appreciate the time and effort you put into sharing your life and work with us. I also congratulate you on your first novel, I found it compulsive reading, even though the writing style is sometimes a bit of an effort for an old timer from the other side of the pond, who grew up on Graham Greene and Conan Doyle :-)

Other photography blogs I access regularly or other than the ones you have mentioned . . . . in no order of preference:-

Jeffrey Friedl (although he is blogging more about cycling recently rather than photography) http://regex.info/blog/

Charlie Clift - http://charlieclift.blogspot.co.uk/

Gardner Creative - http://www.gardnercreative.co.uk/blog/

JoeyL (one of my top 3 favourites) - http://www.joeyl.com/blog/all

Charlie Hamilton James - http://www.charliehamiltonjames.co.uk/blog.html

ISO2000 - http://www.iso1200.com/

Mike Randolph - http://randolphimages.com/photography/

Kristian Dowling - http://kristiandowling.com/blog/

John Free - http://www.johnfreephotography.com/blog/

Not really a blog:

Life Force Magazine - http://www.lifeforcemagazine.com/

Keep on blogging . . . . . . if you stopped you would be sorely missed . . . .

MO said...

Only read Yours. I like ur writing n the fact that its more orientaded towards your refections rather than tecnical stuff. To mutch focus on tecnic kinda takes the essens of what i love about it away.

Anonymous said...

Japan Camera Hunter: http://www.japancamerahunter.com/
Street Level Photography: http://www.streetlevelphotography.com
On Landscape: https://www.onlandscape.co.uk/
Inspired Eye: http://www.theinspiredeye.net/
Alternative Photography: http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/