Instagram is one of the most popular apps: it has 1 billion accounts active every month. These numbers are astonishing, as they give an opportunity for photographers to become prominent without spending too much money and effort on promotion. But there’s also a question of how to make your works noticed among that vast amount of visuals posted daily.

With Instagram, you get a range of effective and free ways to do that: collaborations, paid ads, suggestions, viral content, geolocations and, of course, hashtags. Although some people may think hashtags look messy and outdated, professionals know the true power of the tool. To succeed, you need to know some basic rules and keep our list of the best hashtags for photographers handy.

Why you should use hashtags

Instagram refers your account to a special niche according to the hashtags you use. For instance, our Depositphotos Instagram account features stock photos by our contributors, and our account is probably classified under ‘photography’ and ‘minimalist photography’ because of the content and hashtags.

Instagram is also a good opportunity for free advertising, as many pages feature photographers they like. There are thousands of such pages and they are devoted to different topics, so if you have an aim to be featured, keep working and they will post your images and mention your page in the description.

Instagram Hashtags for Photographers

Instagram hashtag best practices

To see results, plan hashtags carefully, from their number to how often do you post. Industry hashtags, location hashtags, brand hashtags, niche hashtags are the things you definitely need to include but before, read our complete guide to Instagram hashtags.

At the stage of planning, find similar accounts and see what hashtags do they use. Recently Instagram introduced a new inspiring function and now you can follow hashtags you like and, thus, track competitors. You can also use tools to search for hashtags (directly in Instagram search or at Displaypurposes). It is no less important to mix and change hashtags to make sure your photos are seen by different people and your reach is constantly expanded.

How to get featured on a popular Instagram account

First, create a list of the accounts that feature photographers. Then start taking photos that fit the style of these pages, add hashtags they use and tag their accounts. Don’t give up if it doesn’t work on the first try, keep going, be consistent and your pictures would definitely be featured.

Here are several accounts that feature photographers:

1. Street Photography

2. Travel photography

3. Wedding photography

4. Black and white

 

Most popular Instagram hashtags for photographers

You can use online tools to find the right hashtags, such as Displaypurposes, Hashtagify or Hashtags.org. However, we decided to help you and selected the hashtags you can use depending on the photography style.

General Instagram hashtags for photographers

#photographyislife #photography #photographyeveryday #nikonphoto #photographyoftheday #agameoftones #photographyislifee #photographer #justgoshoot #ig_myshot #photographylover #master_shots #photographysouls #iglobal_photographers #photographyaddict #canon_photos #cpcollectives #ig_masterpiece #photography #worldbestgram #worldshotz #icatching #main_vision #wanderlust #shotwithlove

Best Instagram hashtags for nature photographers

#outdoors #hiking #trees #naturelover #wildlife #instanature #skyporn #cloudporn  #landscapephotography #mothernature #landscape_lovers #nature_shooters #beautifulplaces #landscapelovers #welivetoexplore #awesome_earthpix #nature_seekers #landscapehunter #nature_shooters #nationalgeographic #nature  #landscape_lovers #natureporn #thegreatoutdoors #getoutside #earthvisuals #ourplanetdaily

Popular hashtags for animal photographers

#petsofinstagram #petstagram #instapet #weeklyfluff #petscorner #petoftheday #ilovemydog #puppylove #animalsofinstagram #dogsofig #catstagram #petsofig #cutepetclub #puppies #instapets #furbaby #instacat #animals #dogsofinstaworld #bestwoof #kitten #dog_features #catoftheday #animals_in_world #majestic_wildlife #animalelite

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Portrait hashtags

#portraitphotography #portraitmood #portraits_ig #portraitphotographer #makeportraits #portraitoftheday #portraitpage #rsa_portraits #bestportraits #portraitstyles_gf #ig_portrait #top_portraits #postmoreportraits #life_portraits #bestphotogram_portraits #pursuitofportraits #instagram_faces #profile_vision #featurepalette #discoverportrait #portraits_universe #ftmedd #2instagoodportraitlove #majestic_people #makeportrait #tangledinfilm

Instagram hashtags for street photographers

#streetart #building #streetphoto #buildings #town #graffiti #architecturelovers #cities #architexture #lines #urbanart #archidaily #skyscraper #citylife #composition #archilovers #geometry #arts #streetlife #architectureporn #abstract #perspective #people #minimal #bnw #lookingup #road #geometric #photos #picture #everybodystreet #streetphoto_bw #lensculture #lensculturestreets #streetlife_award #urbanphotography #ig_street #streetview #street_photo_club #streets #streetphotography_bw #streetshot #SPiCollective #street_photography #magnumphotos #documentary #wearethestreet #streetportrait #beststreets #monochrome #hikaricreative #blackandwhitephotography #documentaryphotography #streetbwcolor #bnw_life #bnw

Popular hashtags for travel photographers

#worldbestgram #hello_worldpics #wonderful_places #aroundtheworld #getaway #travelwithme #neverstopexploring #bbctravel #beautifuldestinations #places_wow #splendid_shotz #fantastic_earth  #travelgram #instatravel #awesomeglobe #keepitwild #theprettycities #travelphotography #travelblogger #travelphotographer #theglobewanderer #LetsGoEverywhere #postcardplaces #travelholic #getlost  #traveltheworld #globetrotter #InstaPassport #lonelyplanet #travelphoto #travel #igworldclub #letsgosomewhere #sharetravelpics #igtravel #postcardsfromtheworld

Hashtags for astrophotography

#astrophotography #milkyway #astro_photography_ #nightscaper #astronomy #nightsky #nightscape #milkywaychasers #starrynight #natgeospace #astrophoto #stars #universetoday #milkywaygalaxy #longexposure #nightphotography #nightimages #nightshooters #ig_astrophotography #skymasters #space #stargazing #longexposure_shots #fs_longexpo #galaxy #longexpo #nightpics #rsa_night #longexpoelite #night_shooterz

Best Instagram hashtags for wedding photographers

#weddingphotography #weddingplanner #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #greenweddingshoes #instawedding #theknot #bridal #destinationwedding #bridetobe #engaged #prewedding #junebugweddings #dugunfotografcisi #weddingplanning #brideandgroom #engagement #weddinginspo #instabride #destinationweddingphotographer #weddingstyle #stylemepretty #ido

Black and white photography hashtags

#bnw #bw #blackandwhitephotography #monochrome #bnw_society #bnw_captures #bnw_life #bw_lover #blackandwhitephoto #bnw_planet #monoart #blancoynegro #bw_photooftheday #noir #bw_society #instablackandwhite #igersbnw #monochromatic #bnw_demand #insta_bw #bnw_rose #bnw_globe #white #bw_crew #bnwmood #bwstyles_gf #noiretblanc #irox_bw #monotone #rsa_bnw

Most popular hashtags for #fashion on Instagram

#fashionshoot #fashionstudy #fashionoftheday #fashioneditorial #fashionphotographer #fashiontrends #fashionforward #fashions #fashionkilla #fashioninspiration #fashionkilla #fashionworld #fashioninspiration #editorialshoot #fashiontrends

These hashtags will help you with more reach, attract new followers and get featured on other accounts. However, don’t limit yourself only to these tags. Add location hashtags, geotag places, follow popular photographers and learn their ways of self-promotion.

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