5 YouTube Channels to Watch for Those New to Portrait Photography

If you want to improve your portrait photography, these YouTube channels will surely help.

If you’ve been experimenting with portrait photography, then you’ll know by now that it’s not easy. Getting the perfect portrait requires skill, experience, and a lot of learning. Thankfully, in the digital era, with the likes of YouTube being at the forefront of content consumption, plenty of experienced photographers are happy to share their knowledge with the world. We’ve rounded up a list of the best of the best, to help take your portrait photography to the next level.

1. Julia Trotti

From fashion photography to professional headshots, Julia Trotti covers a wide spectrum of portrait photography. We especially like her videos in which she puts two cameras head to head and compares their performance during a portrait shoot. Another great part of Trotti’s channel is the BTS videos she uploads while on a shoot. These videos are a perfect way for newbies to get a detailed insight on what life is like while actually on a shoot.

2. Josh Katz

Josh Katz has been on YouTube since 2006. He has an impressive resume, as his clients include Canon, Adobe, and GoPro. Katz has been able to take his photography experience and build a highly successful YouTube channel: he currently has around 350,000 subscribers. His youthful charm will appeal to younger audiences and his way of making complex information easy to understand makes him perfect for those new to portrait photography.

3. Saurav Sinha

Based in India, Saurav Sinha certainly knows his stuff when it comes to portrait photography. From step by step tutorials to in-depth analysis of the craft, Sinha has something for everyone. He’s also a charismatic chap, which allows him to make technical information sound way more engaging. Because of his knowledge and top quality content, Sinha has amassed 650,000 loyal subscribes, and we totally understand why.

4. Jessica Kobeissi

Jessica Kobeissi is an Arab-American photographer based in Detroit. Her YouTube channel is full of fun content, including videos where she allows her sister (who has zero experience) to edit her portrait sessions. But beyond the fun and games, Kobeissi has some seriously strong tutorials for portrait photographers of all levels to get stuck on. Alongside teaching the technical aspects, Kobeissi also provides detailed videos on the best gear for both newbies and seasoned enthusiasts.

5. Tatyana Zadorin

Tatyana Zadorin is a multi-disciplined photographer with experience in several sub-genres of the craft. No matter what her subject is, Zadorin creates professional photographs each and every time. She’s still building her YouTube following, but what she does have is informative, engaging content. Her portrait editing tutorials get right to the point and are easy to follow. And her videos that cover photographing “non-models” will teach you how to get the best out of subjects lack experience being in front of a camera.

Favorite YouTube Channels for Portrait Photography

With the number of photographers on YouTube, it would be crazy to think only five are doing it well. We would love to know your go-to channels to get all things portrait photography. Let us know who we should be looking out for in the comments below.

Dan Ginn

Dan Ginn is a content writer and journalist. He brings with him five years' experience writing in the photographic niche. During that time he has worked with a range of leading brands, as well as a host professional photographers within the industry.