How to Use Instagram for Photography Inspiration (And Who to Follow)

Anya Zhukova 05-05-2017

Instagram has become so many things. It’s a place to share your personal photos, videos The Ultimate Guide To Instagram Video: Everything You Need To Know Another major update seen in Instagram since it was acquired by Facebook is the addition of Video updates in June. Are you using Instagram video? Do you know how to shoot a good one? Everything... Read More , and fun selfies with friends. A place to look for fresh travel ideas 12 Instagram Accounts to See Amazing Places Around the World Instagram can take you to places around the world faster than any vehicle, and for free! You just need to pick the right accounts to follow. Here are 12 Instagram accounts, perfect for travel inspiration. Read More  for your next trip. And finally, a place to find photography inspiration 5 Methods To Find Inspiration For Your Photography Online Read More .


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

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

Bunny ears, 2014. C'mon admit it, you knew this one was coming.

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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 13 Must-Watch Documentaries for Every Wannabe Photographer Being a photographer requires a lot of inspiration, and one effective way to find inspiration is to learn from someone else's story. Here are 12 top photography documentaries. Read More “. 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

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

Canal townhouse reflections on a beautiful morning!

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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

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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 Learn From The Best: 10 Professional Photographers You Should Follow On Instagram For every professional photographer who takes issue with Instagram, there are many who are happily using the app to reach an additional photo-loving audience. They're worth a follow. Read More  with compelling Instagram profiles, these nature photographers Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram With 130 million users and counting, the world has never seen such a tsunami of photography aficionados. Is it possible to draw out ten amazing nature photographers who are snapping the beautiful world around us... Read More , or these 8 photographers based in India 8 Amazing Indian Photographers on Instagram Instagram is not just for selfie lovers. It welcomes all kinds of photo enthusiasts into its fold. Today we bring you a selection of eight amazing Indian Instagrammers. Read More .

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!

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  1. Michele
    July 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    You can also follow my account I make some nice shadow/ light /neon picture :) @michelejustmichele