2014 Survey Results: Joe McNally is the #1 Most Inspiring Photographer

2014 Survey Results: Joe McNally is the #1 Most Inspiring Photographer

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Our second annual survey, The Photographer’s Outlook on 2014, reveals insights from over 5,700 photographers worldwide on their top business goals and challenges for 2014, plus how they plan to market their work and spend money this year. The survey also took the pulse of professional photographers and photo enthusiasts (who we define as those making less than 50% of their income from photography) to dive more deeply into how they approach their photography and how they are making a business of it.

For the complete overview of The Photographer’s Outlook on 2014, download the full survey results here.

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This year, rather than getting down to business alone, we were also curious what photographers themselves had to say about where they find inspiration and information to make the best images they can. For example, which blogs do they read? And, who are the photographers they most admire?

We left the question completely open to those who responded — that is each and every response was written in. No suggestions or options were provided. Some familiar names popped up. And, it was photographer (and PhotoShelter member) Joe McNally who took the prize for the most mentions among pros and enthusiasts alike. Congrats, Joe!

Here’s the full list of most admired photographers and top photography blogs mentioned by the survey respondents:

Who are the most inspirational photographers?

We asked professionals and enthusiasts to share the names of photographers they look to for inspiration. Not surprisingly, there is a key set of photographers who transcend both groups (and are known among just about everyone who wields a camera on the regular) but also those whose work — or educational focus — appeals to pros or enthusiasts uniquely. The photographers who were mentioned most frequently are listed below in alphabetical order.

Cross-Over Appeal:

Ansel Adams

Zack Arias

Sue Bryce

David duChemin

David Hobby

Peter Hurley

Chase Jarvis

Scott Kelby

Steve McCurry

Joe McNally 

Art Wolfe

The Pros Follow: 

Jeremy Cowart

Jerry Ghionis

Joel Grimes

Gregory Heisler

Chip Litherland

Sebastião Salgado

The Enthusiasts Follow: 

Lindsay Adler

Lara Jade

Frans Lanting

Peter Lik

Trey Ratcliff

Jasmine Star

Which blogs do photographers read?

We asked professionals and enthusiasts to share the top photography blogs they read to keep up on industry news. Of the top responses received, here are the trends we saw:

Cross-Over Appeal:

American Society of Media Professionals (ASMP)

creativeLIVE

dpreview

Fstoppers

Lens Blog

Nikon Rumors

PDN

Petapixel

PhotoShelter

Photoshop Insider by Scott Kelby

Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

Strobist

SLR Lounge

The Pros Read:

A Photo Editor

British Journal of Photography

SportsShooter

The Enthusiasts Read:

Digital Photography School

Light Stalking

Popular Photography

Rock the Shot

The Luminous Landscape

For the full results of where professionals and enthusiasts stand in 2014, download The Photographer’s Outlook on 2014:

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 *In our 2014 Outlook Survey, over 5,700 photo professionals and enthusiasts told us how they plan to market their photography, grow their online presence, and spend money in 2014. For the purposes of this survey, professionals are defined as those who make more than 50% of their individual income from photography, and enthusiasts are defined as those who make less than 50% of their individual income from photography. The questions above were write-in only. No options were provided to select from.

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  1. Andy John at 11:35 pm

    So since I’m labeled a Photo Enthusiast, I can tell the IRS that I no longer need to
    do business taxes and my office at 1425 K St. suite 350 in the DC financial district by the
    White House is actually a joke. SMDH

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