15 Best Photography Magazines in 2020

This article helps you to find the best one to suit you. Each magazine below ranges in price, style and level of skill.

Photography magazines are perfect to boost one’s skills. However, there are a few with similar names that can confuse one

We did a survey across social media, in order to find the best 15 to help you decide.

1. Click

Best photography magazine to educate and inspire.

Click Magazine
Photo Credit: Click Magazine

Click is offered in print and online formats. The magazine offers articles that are aimed at females.

Articles are centered around:  

  • top-notch images,
  • learning,
  • insights,
  • types of photography,
  • posing and,
  • to empower oneself.

Cost

  • Six issues (online) for one year is $22.
  • Six issues (print and online) for one year is $28.

2. Black & White Photography

Best magazine for black and white fine art photography.

Black and White Photography is released every second month. This magazine provides a resource for b&w collectors and photography buffs.

The demand for this magazine shows that black and white photography is still loved amongst learners and professionals.

The articles cover a variety of topics namely:

  • use of film,
  • digital photos,
  • stories,
  • contests and,
  • features of photographers around the world.  

Cost

Six issues for one-year costs from $35-$60. The rate depends on your region.

3. Outdoor Photographer

Best magazine for nature and wildlife photographers.

Outdoor Photographer
Photo Credit: Grafix Father

Outdoor Photographer is available in print and online formats. This magazine is geared towards photographers who love to be outdoors.

The articles range:

  • techniques,
  • tips to edit,
  • shoot venues,
  • interviews and,
  • buying guides.  

Cost

  • Eleven issues (print) for one-year costs from $15.97-$30.97. The rate depends on your region.
  • For the app version, visit iTunes, Google Play, Nook, Zinio and Kindle ($7.50 per year).

4. Aperture

Best magazine for inspiring photography and writing on photography.

Aperture Magazine
Photo Credit: Aperture

Aperture is available in print and online formats.  This magazine was created in 1952 by the NPO, Aperture Foundation. It was set up as a common ground between writers and photographers.

This magazine is aimed at a more serious person. Above all, those who enjoy in-depth articles and slightly unusual photos.

Cost

  • Print (four issues), Archive and Online cost $110 per year. 
  • Print and Online costs $75 per year.  
  • Archive and Online costs $59.95 per year.

5. Amateur Photographer

Best magazine to improve skills.

Amateur Photographer Magazine
Photo Credit: Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer is the world’s oldest consumer weekly magazine. The first issue dates back to 1884.  It is available in both print and online formats.   This magazine is favored by photographers of any level.

The info is varied:

  • expert advice,
  • approach to photography,
  • interviews,
  • reviews,
  • news and,
  • used gear for sale.  

Cost

  • Fifty-one issues (print) for one year costs €193.99.  
  • The online format can be found via iTunes, Google Play, Nook, Zinio and Kindle ($7.50 per year).

6. Digital PhotoPro

Best magazine for pro photographers and videographers.

Digital PhotoPro Magazine
Photo Credit: Grafix Father

Digital PhotoPro is available in print and online formats. It is geared towards professionals.  

Topics vary:

  • tools,
  • high-tech,
  • know-how,
  • social media tips,
  • web tools,
  • how to edit photos,
  • printing,
  • video effects/editing and,
  • feedback from experts.

Cost

  • Seven issues (print) for one-year costs from $19.97-$34.97. The rate depends on your region.
  • The online version can be found on iTunes, Google Play, Nook, Zinio and Kindle ($7.50 per year).

7. Foam

Best magazine for something different.

Foam Magazine
Photo Credit: Mag Culture

Foam is a top international photography magazine. It publishes three times per year around a theme. Images and content are picked to follow the central theme. The magazine is printed on a carefully chosen paper. It is available in print and online formats.

Each 288-page issue contains a range of photography whilst featuring well known to new photographers.

Cost

  • Three issues (print) for one-year costs €64 per year.
  • The online option costs €31.99 per year.

8. Digital Camera 

Best catch-all photography magazine for any ability.

Digital Camera is available in print and online formats.  This is a catch-all magazine. It would appeal to a wide audience from novice to professional.  

Articles range in a topic:

  • photo skills,
  • gear,
  • creative projects,
  • tips,
  • reviews,
  • camera phone reviews,
  • guides to buy gear and gadgets,
  • photo challenges,
  • edit tips,
  • free gifts and;
  • those to leave you inspired.

Cost

  • Thirteen issues (print) for one year costs €129.87.  
  • Thirteen issues (print and online) for one year costs €233.74.  
  • An online option for one-year (thirteen issues) costs €103.87.

9. PDN

The best resource for the professional photographer.

Photo District News (PDN) Magazine
Photo Credit: PDN

Photo District News (PDN) is an elite monthly magazine in print and online formats.

This magazine has been around for over twenty years. It caters to the professional photographer. The articles and photos are well presented.

Topics range:

  • news,
  • analysis,
  • interviews,
  • techniques,
  • inspiration,
  • business advice,
  • legal rules,
  • marketing tips and,
  • technology.  

Cost

  • At the time of this article, there was a special. A one-year print option costs from $29-$64. The rate depends on your region.
  • An online format for one year costs $25.

10. Shutter

Best educational magazine for wedding and portrait photographers.

Shutter Magazine
Photo Credit: Shutter

Shutter is available in print and online formats. This magazine was created in 2011. It provides information and a community for wedding and portrait photographers.  

The articles range in topics:

  • skills,
  • tips,
  • creative insights,
  • lighting,
  • reviews,
  • editing,
  • blogging,
  • business control,
  • marketing and,
  • interviews.  

Cost

  • Twelve issues (print and online) for one year costs $49.
  • Twelve issues (online) for one year are free.

11. PhotoLife

Great magazine to inspire photographers

PhotoLife Magazine
Photo Credit: Pocket Mags

PhotoLife is available in print and online formats.  The content provides a space to inspire photographers.

Their articles cover a wide range of topics namely:

  • advice,
  • interviews,
  • inspiration,
  • stories,
  • tools,
  • techniques,
  • gear and,
  • reviews.  

Cost

  • Six issues (print) for one-year costs from $39.99-$119.99. The rate depends on your region.
  • An online option can be found via your app store from $6.99-$34.99.

12. Outdoor Photography

Best magazine for outdoor photographers.

Outdoor Photography
Photo Credit: Pocket Mags

Outdoor Photography is available in print and online formats. It is aimed at outdoor photographers who are also keen on conserving the planet.  

The magazine is enjoyed by serious amateurs as well as semi-pro photographers. The articles cover varied topics:

  • techniques,
  • reviews,
  • interviews,
  • news and,
  • superb locations within the UK.  

Cost

  • Six issues (print) costs from £29.94-£41.92. The rate depends on your region.
  • Twelve issues (print) costs from £59.88-£83.83. The rate depends on your region. 
  • Twelve issues (online) costs £29.99.

13. Professional Photographer

Best photography magazine for business to get ahead.

Professional Photographer Magazine
Photo Credit: Pinterest

Professional Photographer is an award-winning magazine. It has been running for over a hundred years. The magazine is available in print and online formats.  The content is geared towards pros who want to further their careers.  It assists with all aspects: creative, high-tech and business.  

Articles provide:

  • education,
  • inspiration,
  • techniques,
  • reviews and,
  • business tools and tips.  

Cost

  • Twelve issues (print) for one-year costs from $19.95-$35.95. The rate depends on your region.
  • Twelve issues (print and online) for one-year costs from $29.95-$45.95. The rate depends on your region.
  • An online option for one year costs $19.95.

14. Better Photography

The best resource for photography fans and pros.

Better Photography Magazine
Photo Credit: Better Photography

Better Photography is praised as Australia’s top photography magazine.  It has something for everyone from amateurs to professional photographers. The magazine is available in print and online formats.

The high-quality 100-page magazine contains articles on:

  • education,
  • inspiration,
  • techniques,
  • photography types,
  • composing images,
  • portfolios,
  • interviews,
  • use of film,
  • reviews,
  • photoshop tips,
  • digital photography,
  • contests,
  • promos and,
  • workshops.  

Cost

  • Four issues (print) costs from AUS$59.80-AUS$89. The rate depends on your region.
  • Four issues (online) costs AUS$49.80.

15. Practical Photography

Best photography magazine for any level of ability.

Practical Photography Magazine
Photo Credit: Practical Photography

Practical Photography is the UK’s best selling photography magazine. It is available in print and online formats.  This magazine is aimed at any level as well as any type of camera.  

The articles range in a topic:

  • skills,
  • techniques,
  • editing,
  • reviews,
  • inspiration,
  • interviews,
  • Q&A’s and,
  • a one-hour coaching video.  

Cost

  • Thirteen issues (print) starts at £56.10. The rate depends on your region.
  • Thirteen issues (print and online) starts at £66.10.  
  • An online option (thirteen issues) starts at £42.10.

Conclusion

In short, photography magazines are a cheap way to learn more about your craft.  They provide an endless source of skills and inspiration.

Which is your favorite? Was it named on this list? Leave a comment below to tell us more.

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About the author

Jennifer Venter

I am a passionate trained photographer currently living in China. I love travelling & meeting new people so my photos tend to fall into those categories. I love coffee, fashion & Christmas. Contact me via email ([email protected]) or Instagram (@fleetingtimephotography).

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