How to Use Instagram for Photography Inspiration (And Who to Follow)
Instagram has become so many things. It’s a place to share your personal photos, videos , and fun selfies with friends. A place to look for fresh travel ideas for your next trip. And finally, a place to find photography inspiration .
For all you photo enthusiasts we put together this list of top 10 famous photographers from all over the world who regularly share creative content on Instagram. Each of the profiles is “must-follow” material, not just for those interested in photography, but also for those who enjoy art and aesthetic beauty.
1. Dave Yoder @daveyoder
Talking about the power of beauty and art in photographs, our first pick is Dave Yoder. A National Geographic photographer, Dave has an Instagram account full of inspirational photography pieces often with powerful messages attached.
The photographer also seems like a true citizen of the world. Follow him and you’ll get an insight into the lives of people from every corner of the planet.
2. Nick Knight @nick_knight
If you understand and love fashion, Nick Knight’s works will make a perfect source of inspiration for you. The British photographer has worked for fashion magazines like Vogue and W. The brands he’s shot include Dior, Alexander McQueen, and Calvin Klein. Nowadays he doesn’t just do photography but also directs music videos for pop divas like Bjork and Lady Gaga.
Alternatively, if you don’t know a lot about fashion, you can appreciate Knight’s works for its aesthetic beauty. Many of his works will remind you of art masterpieces, like Alphonse Mucha’s posters.
3. Ira Block @irablockphoto
What can we say, National Geographic clearly has some of the best photographers working for them.
Ira Block is an American photographer from New York who has been shooting fantastic stories since the 1970s. To say his Instagram account is diverse is an understatement. From busy streets of America’s cultural capital to the natural wonders of South East Asia, follow Block on Instagram to be a part of that journey.
4. Theron Humphrey @thiswildidea
I've been sick with a good cold the past week so I've been laying low. But today I felt well enough to head out and be in the quiet of nature, a place I feel most at peace and can recharge. That got me thinking about this photograph I just took. In one way it's a dog sitting on a log in a lake. But even more true it's how I feel about being knee deep in nature, how my soul finds rest out here, how sitting and being still is wonderful.
Theron Humphrey was born and bred in coastal North Carolina. It’s almost like his pictures have this comforting sandy soil and log fire feeling to them.
Yes, Theron’s magnificent pet Maddie is the star of good 80 percent of his Instagram pictures. Did it have anything to do with Theron’s Instagram making it to this list? No comment. But whether you’re an animal lover or not, the photographer’s ability to capture everyday life moments and turn them into original art is truly impressive.
5. Pete Souza @petesouza
Now that you have your share of cute dog pictures, introducing you to the works of the President’s photographer seems like a natural step forward.
Pete Souza has previously made his way into MakeUseOf articles with his documentary “The President’s Photographer “. Pete’s photography is just as impressive as his documentaries. He’d been the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama since 2008. Follow his Instagram for an exclusive insight into a life of the politician, the White House, and beyond.
6. Jonathan Mannion @jonathanmannion
Jonathan Mannion’s photography is centered around hip hop culture. He has shot over 300 album covers and has previously worked with hip-hop stars like Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Aaliyah, Outkast, Nas, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar.
The photographer’s lens has also captured actors, athletes, artists, designers, and other tastemakers. Jonathan has a special ability to connect with the people of creative professions on a different level and bring out their enigmatic personalities. His works are some of the most iconic images of the people who define the modern world’s art industry.
7. Asa Sjostrom @asasjostromphotography
A flat-pack refugee shelter developed by Ikea and the United Nations has been named the best design of 2016. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/27/design/design-of-the-year-2016-ikea-refugee-shelter/ I took this picture in Dollo Ado refugee camp for IKEA Foundation #bettershelter #ikeafoundation #refugeehousingunit #ikea #dolloado #ethiopia #bestdesign #design #housing #Beazley Design of the Year award #beazleydesignsoftheyear #unitednations #un
Asa Sjostrom is an award-winning documentary photographer based in Sweden. Most of her pictures focus on social issues and human rights, especially those concerning women and children.
Asa describes her mission as a photojournalist as “creating awareness and striving for intimate situations between [her] and the people in [her] photographs.”
8. Mike Kus @mikekus
Our next pick is that rare case when the number of followers on Instagram actually tells you something about the photographer.
Mike Kus is a graphic designer and a photographer based in the UK. He was one of the first designers to start using the network. Mike’s creative pictures have clearly won Instagram users’ hearts (or at least the hearts of his 800,000 users). Follow him for some truly inspired photography of the (sometimes) gloomy but romantic British landscapes.
9. Ami Vitale @amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Mary, one of the wildlife keepers from the local Samburu community, watches over orphaned or abandoned reticulated giraffes at the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. Reticulated giraffe number less than 8,700 individuals — as a distinct species, it makes them some of the most endangered large mammals in the world. Though scientists long classified giraffes as one species with multiple subspecies, new research revealed that giraffes should be four species. The goal is to eventually release these giraffe back into the wild. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) are part of the Samburu-owned Namunyak Conservancy. @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @ConservationOrg @nature_africa @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #giraffe #savegiraffe #retetielephants #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #natureisspeaking #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale
If your heart stops when you think about traveling the world , discovering new places and cultures, and wanderlust, then Ami Vitale’s pictures are your cup of tea.
It’s safe to say that Ami has seen and experienced it all. Having been to more than 80 countries, she’s witnessed poverty, violence, and destruction of life — but also “surreal beauty, and the power of the human spirit.”
Her photographs have been exhibited in museums all over the world and published in international magazines. At the moment she is working on conservation stories in Kenya. Spoiler: be prepared for some of the most endearing pictures of Kenyan wildlife.
10. Dustin Vaughn-Luma @dvl
For the grand finale, we present you Dustin Vaughn-Luma – a photographer from San Jose, California. When he’s not busy photographing laughing people, peculiar stairs, street graffiti, and vintage cameras, he works as a contributing writer for @casual_photophile.
His pictures are rich with details and often show you surprising perspectives. Importantly, Dustin’s pictures always have a unique point of view.
Is That All?
What are 10 Instagram accounts in comparison to the 600 million network’s users? There are maybe hundreds more imaginative photographers that would make perfect inspiration sources. Like these professional photographers with compelling Instagram profiles, these nature photographers , or these 8 photographers based in India .
Who do you follow on Instagram? Do you use the network as a source for inspiration? Are there any talented photographers on Instagram that you didn’t find on our list? Share your personal picks in the comments below!