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Photography Hashtags to Increase Your Reach on Instagram and Twitter

Few could have expected the # sign, previously called pound or number sign and only recognized on a phone, would become an important part of social media.

Hashtags are used to identify a message on a specific topic, allowing people with similar interests to discover each other’s content in the expansive sea that is the internet.

The Power Of The Hashtag

As a photographer, you naturally want other fans and professionals of the art form to check out your work, especially if you’re confident in your abilities and seeking exposure. By using the right hashtags, you’ll increase the number of people in the online photography community who come across your stuff. Many popular pages even look to hashtags to select what photos they share or add to their featured pages, which inevitably increases your social media reach.

Choosing The Best Hashtags For You

From professional to amateur photographers, many have made a name for themselves on Instagram and Twitter with the help of well-chosen hashtags. While it’s not a death sentence, some people are put off by posters who get carried away with how many hashtags they use. In fact, a big mistake to avoid is using hashtags that aren’t relevant to your photo or just aren’t trending.

Instead, your best bet is to carefully choose relevant hashtags while also keeping an eye on whatever is trending. To help you find the best, here are some excellent hashtag choices for some of the most popular categories in the photography world:

Niche Hashtags

Arguably the best hashtags you can use are the ones where people with the same interests will discover you. Although you’ll reach less people, they’re likely to appear on someone’s relevant search who will continue revisiting your pages and follow you.

Trending Hashtags

Sometimes, all it takes is a well-timed post that uses a hot hashtag to earn tons of exposure. If you hop on Twitter or Instagram and see that the latest trend is photos of funny old people, sand castles, or whatever, there’s nothing wrong with jumping in to see if your stuff becomes popular.

Generic Hashtags

These are the hashtags everyone uses and for good reason: everyone follows them. For example, the most basic and timeless photography hashtag is simply #photo. It’s harder to stand out from the crowd with a generic hashtag, but you still have a chance of getting your work on people’s devices. These are best mixed with trending and niche hashtags.

Most Popular Photography Hashtags

Photography Hashtags

#photo #photogram #photographer #photooftheday #pictures #photographyislife #capture #instalove #picoftheday #keepitsimple #exposure #collectivelycreate #instagood

Wedding Photography

#Beachwedding #Beachwedding #weddingcake #Weddingphotography #Weddingphotographer ##Engagement #weddingideas #weddingdress #beautiful #gorgeous #bride

Urban / Street Photography

#urbanphotography #streetphotography #urbex #buildinggraffiti #shoot2kill #graffitiart #streetmobs #instagraffiti #urbanandstreet #guerillaart #urbanromantix #spraypaint #urbanphoto #wallart #streettogether  #streetart #streetartistry #streetexploration

Portrait Photography

#postmoreportraits #portrait #photooftheday #portraits #portraitmood #feelgoodphoto #portraiture #makeportraits #selfshot #vsco #vintage #selfportrait #portraitphotography #selfportrait #selfie #selfies #myself #face #lips #hair #me #eyes #mouth #cute #pose #moi #closeup #model

Nature Photography Hashtags

#nature #naturegirl #awesome_earthpix #discoverearth #earthfocus #mothernature  #naturesbeauty #sky #wanderlust #natureseekers #sun #summer #wildlifelovers #explore #birdphotography #wildlifephotography  #photooftheday #skylovers #animalsofinstagram #wildlifephoto #natureisbeautiful #travelphotography #wildlifeplanet #picoftheday #traveling #summer #wildlifeonearth #naturelover #wildlifeperfection #sunset

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Landscape Photography

#landscapephotography #travelphotos #nationalgeographic  #nakedplanet #places_wow #optoutside #earthofficial #natgeo #beautifuldestinations #pixel_ig #landscapelover #amazingplaces cityofdreams #landscapephotomag #natgeoyourshot #exploretheglobe #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #ourplanetdaily

Travel Photography

#travel #travelphoto #worldtravelpics #getlost #travelphotography  #travelscenes #thegoodlife #instatravel #explorer #travelworld #instapassport #hdriphonegraphy  #travelingram #mytravelgram #keepitwild #mytravelgram #traveladdict #arountheworld #travelwithkids #paradise #travelawesome #wonderfulview  #travelstoke #lifeisbeautiful #adventuretravel #goodoldmemories

Food Photography

#Chefmode #foodoftheday #foodaddict #onthetable #hautecuisines #chefsofinstagram #foodpost #foodlife #foodie #hungry #sweet #fresh #homemade #foodgasm #yummy  #foodphotography #foodpics #foodstagram #instafood #Eatingfortheinsta #foodgram #nomnom #cleaneating

Black & White Photography

#blackandwhite #bnw #monochrome #instablackandwhite #bwstyleoftheday #monotone #monochromatic #bnw_society #bw_lover #bw_photooftheday #photooftheday #bw  #instagood #bw_society #bw_crew #bwwednesday #noir #insta_pick_bw #bwstyles_gf #irox_bw #igersbnw #fineart_photobw #monoart #insta_bw

Fashion Photography

#fashionphotography #fashionphotographer #FashionDiaries #Ootd #Liketkit #StyleTheBump #fromabove #outfitinspiration  #todayiwore #lovethislook #streetfashionstyle #newshoes #shoesday #makeyousmilestyle #howtostyle

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Street Photography to Use as Inspiration

There comes a point in time when every photographer faces a creative block, whether is it general frustration with capturing the perfect moment or not being satisfied with your photos. Some photographers might only feel creative when they are traveling; others may struggle with finding a fresh angle when photographing their usual subjects or genres.

You may be wondering how you can get out of your creative rut. Why not borrow from street photography?

We have some tips below to help you get in the zone and try out new methods to inspire your photography:

Shoot with a New Camera

Sometimes, using a new piece of equipment can really give you new perspective and liven up your street photography. It is possible that your shooting style will change as well when shooting with a new camera. If you use a digital camera, try using film, and vice versa.

Borrow a camera from a friend, or if you are up for a challenge, try shooting with a smartphone. You may be surprised with the results.

Try a Different Focal Length

A different focal length will change your point of view and help you see things through a fresh perspective. If you are used to shooting with a 50mm lens, then trying using a 35mm lens. It will force you to get closer to your subject and shoot more dramatic photos.

Change POV

Try changing your point of view to shake up your habits and push yourself out of your comfort zone as a photographer. For example, if you have a habit of taking photos from the ground, also known as “rat’s eye view,” try taking photos from a high level looking down at your subject. Different angles will allow you to see new things that you may have not noticed before.

Create a Project

Here’s a good long-term challenge that will get you outside and force you to find a way to see new things in the everyday. Find a new, interesting spot in your city or town and photograph it every day at the same time. Photograph it for a year, and at the end of the year, do a comparison of photos. Through your photographs, you will be able to see all the interesting things that were happening at that spot on a daily basis.

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Street Photography

While street photography (which tends to branch into documentary photography as well as photojournalism) certainly isn’t something new, it is something that started long ago and continues to hold power in today’s society. Street photography, whether taken in 1960 or 2014, comments on the society of the decade. While photographs taken in the 1960s may show war protests, photographs taken within the last decade may show the exact same thing; the similarities between decades are often most obvious in this particular form of photography.

While there are some notable street photographers of today, we’re going to focus primarily on the most well known photographers of the genre; these are the people who paved the way for most street photography we see today.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson is known to many students of photography as one of the most influential photojournalists of all time. Born in France in 1908, he traveled around the world with his camera, documenting many major events. He enjoyed traveling and shooting far more than he enjoyed actually printing and exhibiting his work, which is one of the ways that he ended up with so many wonderful shots. If you take away one piece of advice from Henri Cartier-Bresson, it’s that you should never stop shooting. He didn’t believe in post-processing an image (although in those days all post-processing was done in a darkroom), and preferred to do all of his “editing” in-camera at the time of the shot. Henri Cartier-Bresson was very interested in people’s daily lives, and his passion for the subject shows throughout his photographs.

Photo by Cartier Bresson

Cartier Bresson Photograph

Cartier Bresson Photography

Robert Frank

Robert Frank is most well known for his famous photo book The Americans. Born in Zurich in 1924, he began his photographic career by producing many different images between Paris, Wales, and England. When he hit his 30s, he was granted the Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to spend two years in America. During his time in the states, he shot over 28,000 photographs! The message stays the same: if you want to be a good street photographer, you should never stop shooting. You never know what you may miss if you don’t.

Robert Frank’s book, The Americans, became one of the most influential books of all time – though not without some criticism. At the time, his way of shooting documentary / street photography strayed from the traditional way of shooting an image without any emotion behind it. Many photographers before him simply took a simple, transparent image, while Frank chose to let his own perspective rule his work. Since he was an “outsider” from the American perspective, Frank often documented the uglier side of America, something many American photographers had chosen to overlook in their work.

Photo by Robert Frank

Photograph by Robert Frank

Robert Frank Photo

Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander is an American born photographer, born in 1934. He is well known to many students of photography for photographing the American social landscape. Friedlander is able to mentally sift through a ton of visual information at once, which is an important skill for street photographers to have. Many of his images have a lot going on, yet they never seem cluttered. His unique way of composing images allows for this delicate balance between enough information and too much information. Since he primarily shot with a wide-angle lens, many of his shots contain a lot of interesting subjects. Later on in his career, Friedlander created an entire book full of self-portraits, many of which included shadows or reflections of himself in his street photography.

Photo by Lee Friedlander

Photograph by Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander Photograph

Martin Parr

Martin Parr is a British photographer, born in 1952. Martin Parr once responded to an interview question by saying (and I paraphrase) that he doesn’t think of images in terms of separate images, but rather groups of images in terms of projects. A very important thing to remember when shooting street photography is that street photography often comments on the social or political landscape of the time. While one image can certainly say a lot by itself, oftentimes viewers can get more of the story by looking at a collection of images from the same location and time period. Instead of focusing on how to create that one mind-blowing image, it’s important to understand what the underlying meaning of the body of work is; once you have that covered, then you can work on creating those beautiful images.

Martin Parr’s images range from hilarious to depressing, but he is a notable photographer in the sense that he is always making some sort of comment about society – whether good or bad. This certainly stems from the shift in photographic perspective that Frank began, in which photographers began to insert their own beliefs and emotions into their documentary photography. And, as opposed to Friedlander, Parr often gets much closer to his subjects.

Photograph by Martin Parr

Photo by Martin Parr

Martin Parr Photograph

Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand was born in New York City in 1928. He wandered the United States and took many photographs during the post-war years (1950-1980), creating an influential body of work that ended up being a wonderful portrait of the American life. Most of his most influential work was taken during the 1960s, and he photographed anyone from famous actors, to hippies, to women on the street. Choosing to shoot in post-war America left Winogrand with plenty to be photographed; those who had lived through the war were both anxious and full of excitement with new possibility, and these emotions are tangible in his photographs.

Garry Winogrand Photograph

 Photograph by Garry Winogrand

 Photo by Garry Winogrand

If all of these photographers together could tell you one thing, it would be (and I’ve said this before): Never. Stop. Shooting.