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10 Photographers I Follow on Instagram

As I’ve said before, I am trying to keep myself busy by reading and learning a lot from top authors/creatives in the industry, being that photography or other related field.

I am spending a lot of time on Instagram, showcasing my latest work, as well as old, recycled and reprocessed photographs from the archives.

The project about my hometown during winter nights got a lot of traction there, as people seem to enjoy stories with more pictures being showcased, in a series kind of post. I’ve noticed this way back, when I posted a series about Juhannus, the summer solstice in Finland. You can find more on that here.

And although many professional photographers like to bash Instagram for being a social networks that eats away your time (and it can be), when used correctly, it can become a useful tool for inspiration in photography. That is, If you can find your way to the talented people out there.

I’ve been on Instagram for almost two years now and I’ve been following some really influential photographers that I wouldn’t have been able to do else where.

And it helped me a lot.

Instagram is a great place to meet creative people all over the world and build a small (or big) community centered around photography and the visual arts. I learned a lot about composition, framing, landscape photography and how to build a fanbase.

And you can learn too. It only takes 10 minutes a day of browsing through your feed to get inspired and strengthen your compositional skills.

So, as the good guy that I am, to help kickstart your Instagram feed, I’ll give you my top 10 photographers that I follow on Instagram. Creative goodies coming right up:

Chris Burkard

https://www.instagram.com/chrisburkard/
instagram.com/chrisburkard

Whois: Self-taught photographer, surfer, outdoor aficionado, traveler, star chaser.

Why I Like Him: He goes on crazy adventures all over the world and has this down to earth, humble personality and a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty.

What Can You Learn From Him: There’s a story behind every photo and the people you surround yourself with and the place you visit are the basis of your happiness.

Paul Nicklen

https://www.instagram.com/paulnicklen/
instagram.com/paulnicklen

Whois: Biologist, environmentalist, photojournalist and a canuck (which is always a plus)

Why I Like Him: Biologist and photographer? Shooting for Nat Geo? Well, he literally lives my dream life.

What Can You Learn From Him: That nature is beautifully complex and fragile and that it is our foremost duty to protect and conserve it as best as we can. And that making wildlife imagery is an incredibly hard job and takes tons of patience and dedication. And an affinity to cold weather.

Keith Ladzinski

https://www.instagram.com/ladzinski/
instagram.com/ladzinski

Whois: Another Nat Geo photog, filmmaker, 7 continents explorer, adventurer.

Why I Like Him: He goes outside the usual school of thought when it comes to outdoor photography which makes for unique and stunning imagery.

What Can You Learn From Him: He started as a sports photographer and later began applying the lighting techniques he learned doing that to outdoor photography, with spectacular results. You can learn a lot about how thinking outside the box when it comes to creative arts can bring new and unique results.

Dorin Bofan

https://www.instagram.com/dorinbofan/
instagram.com/dorinbofan

Whois: Fellow Romanian nature photographer, mountaineer, traveler.

Why I Like Him: He has a way of telling stories, both through photography and text that is scarce in these day and times, as the digital revolution made photography accessible to the masses.

What Can You Learn From Him: Light! Light is the quintessential factor for good photography and learning to see and use the light can take you from being average to becoming an outstanding nature photographer.

Joel Grimes

https://www.instagram.com/joelgrimesworkshops/
instagram.com/joelgrimesworkshops

Whois: Advertising photographer, trainer.

Why I Like Him: He shoots incredibly good environmental portraits. Natural light purists should look away. His portraits are sharp, well crafted and intuitive and I think they capture the true character of his subjects.

What Can You Learn From Him: He has tons of BTS (behind the scenes) material and tips and tricks on how his photos are created. Gold!

Brendan van Son

https://www.instagram.com/brendanvanson/
instagram.com/brendanvanson

Whois: Second Canadian from the list, travel photographer, vlogger.

Why I Like Him: He has a nack in capturing the true feeling of the places he visits and he uses unique perspectives to give his travel photography an edge.

What Can You Learn From Him: His daily vlog is inspiring and chock full of tips and tricks on travel photography.

Khalid Ramirez

https://www.instagram.com/khalidramirez/
instagram.com/khalidramirez

Whois: Portrait/editorial photographer from Nairobi, Kenya.

Why I Like Him: His unique use of light and colour makes for fresh and inspiring portraiture. His low light photographs are out of this world!

What Can You Learn From Him: It can teach you a lot about developing your unique style and working towards delivering your unique view of the world through photography.

David Alan Harvey

https://www.instagram.com/davidalanharvey/
instagram.com/davidalanharvey

Whois: Magnum photographer, publisher and editor of Burn Magazine.

Why I Like Him: Real photography. Images that have character, nuance and an intimate feel.

What Can You Learn From Him: Composition. Use of light. Developing an eye for details. Capturing the spirit of your subjects.

Matthew Smith

https://www.instagram.com/mattysmithphoto/
instagram.com/mattysmithphoto

Whois: Underwater wildlife photographer. Aussie.

Why I Like Him: He has this unique way of shooting aquatic critters, by capturing them at the intersection between air and water. This technique of showcasing two worlds at the same time gives his photography a dreamy, somewhat surreal look.

What Can You Learn From Him: Experiment with different angles to portray your photo subjects in an interesting perspective.

Sam Droege

https://www.instagram.com/usgsbiml/
instagram.com/usgsbiml/

Whois: Entomologist, naturalist, head of United States Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

Why I Like Him: He’s a passionate entomologist with a mission to study bees and spread over the internet the beauty of nature, big and small, and tell stories about the bugs he photographes.

What Can You Learn From Him: Photstacking! It’s the only technique that will allow you to create out-of-this-world macro photography.

Conclusion

Instagram can be a network rich in inspiring work from the industry’s top dogs. Depends on who you follow.

I made it a rule not to follow my Facebook friends, as Instagram is the one place I don’t want to see selfies and cupcakes photos.

I use it like a library full of photography books waiting to get read. OK, more like magazines. But you get the jist.

Hope you find the above photographers as inspiring as I do. It’s OK if you don’t. Actually, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please leave a comment below with your top Instagram photographers and why you follow them. Would love to refresh my feed.

Cheers!

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