Sadly flipping through the last issue of Popular Photography magazine, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite photography magazines. I use the word “flipping” loosely because I receive most of my magazines digitally. The March 2017 issue was the last magazine that they published, also discontinuing all updates to PopPhoto.com and AmericanPhotoMag.com.
I have to confess that I do have a love-hate relationship with photography magazines. I love the content and the photographic techniques that they offer. Someone can subscribe to magazines that suit their photographic interests. Hate them because of the advertising, I know it is necessary, it just makes many photographers feel “product envy.” Be warned of the "I don't have the right gear" syndrome. Trust me having the right gear can help but it is no substitution for good photo technique. Today photographers have more gear that they knew they ever needed, how did we get along without that! I assess my needs then I look for products that works for me. I don’t allow the ads tell me what I need.
Here are my top photography magazines, I am not endorsed by any of them. They are not in any particular order.
Popular photography (discontinued)
Digital Photo Pro
Good Light Magazine
You can find lists of photography magazines online, if you would like to see if any magazines work for you.
Good Light Magazine is only in digital format . I find that the earlier issues offer great videos for beginner photographers on set up and setting your your lighting.
The end of Popular Photography should sadden many photographers. I am not here to analyze why it ended. I believe it is important to support photo magazines, so new photographers have access to quality content. For me, I find something a little different or it refreshers me to something that I had already known but stopped using. Go support our magazines!