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Love them or hate them, hashtags can make or break your social media. We’ve got you covered though. Let us show you how to make photography hashtags work for instead of against you.

Everything you need to know is right here, so do yourself a favour, and read. And because we’re your one-stop shop for all things photography, we’ll end with 20 best hashtags for all photography fields. Yes, all.

Overhead shot of a persons feet standing on yellow double lines on a roadway - best photography hashtags for Instagram success

Why Do Hashtags Matter?

Gain More Likes

Instagram users generally have one or two particular fields that they focus on. And they’ll search for hashtags that relate to those.

Using Instagram hashtags will give you the chance to find others with the same interests.

In turn, those users and followers will find out more about your brand.

Gain More Followers

Those users who have an interest in a specific niche are always looking for more and more content. Hashtags for photography are one of the best ways to gain a larger following online.

Your content will reach more people. Users who come across your account through relevant photography hashtags are more likely to follow your account.

Make More Sales

Instagram photography hashtags aren’t only for gaining more likes or followers. You can also direct them to your e-commerce business account.

Use specific niche hashtags when promoting one of your products or images. You’ll likely grab attention from other users. These people may be looking to buy something related to your content.

Here, you’ll be able to boost your store’s sales with a good strategy. Use compelling content followed by well thought out Instagram photography hashtags.

A golden Instagram hashtag on black background

What Makes a Good Hashtag

A hashtag may have many posts. That doesn’t mean it is the right fit for you to gain followers and likes. The bigger the following, the more people using that specific hashtag.

The only thing this ensures is that your image will fall into the deep crevices of Instagram. Gone.

There are a number of factors to consider. The hashtag’s post sum, the quality of the image’s content and the engagement of its community.

I find that niche photography hashtags are the best, as those who search for them are more likely to care.

These are real people and not spambots. Also, don’t post to Instagram photography hashtags that hold over five million posts. No one will ever see it.

Your aim is to keep your image at the top of the hashtag as long as possible, which, again, is why niche photography hashtags are better.

Hashtag Generator

We don’t recommend using hashtag generators. But they can generate specific and important hashtags for Instagram.

TagBlender – A hashtag generator tool that will source hashtags. It will bring a high engagement rate to your social media content. Here, you’ll be able to generate the perfect set of Instagram hashtags such as ‘portrait’, ‘fashion’ or ‘art’. It is free and simple to use.

HashtagsForLikes – This is a great tool for generating Instagram photography hashtags. Especially for your e-commerce business’ social media accounts. It is also easy to use.

InstagramTags – The InstagramTags tool helps entrepreneurs access ready-made sets of popular hashtags. You can find different fields from ‘astrophotography’ to ‘wildlife’. More hashtags for photography mean more likes, aiding you to grow your store’s presence.

Seekmetrics – This is an analytics tool. It gives you comparative metrics you can use to see how you are performing. This Instagram hashtag generator uses the Instagram API.

All Hashtag – This tool allows you to create and analyse the top relevant hashtags. It curates hashtags based on a selected keyword that you enter yourself.

Wooden scrabble pieces spelling 'take more photos' on white background - photography hashtags

How to Use Photography Hashtags

Themed Hashtags

The hashtag #photography has 252 million posts that people make every second. Your image will disappear within 30 seconds. Your best bet is small, targeted hashtags.

Only use two or three of the biggest Instagram photography hashtags. Keep the others small. Something like #streets_storytelling will keep your image for longer than a few minutes.

A themed hashtag means users find posts they are interested in, bringing them to you. Using tags such as #streetportraits rather than #street will benefit you in many ways.

Mind Your Location

Always remember to add your location to a hashtag. This will help people within your location to find your page. If you are promoting a business, providing a location lets people know where you operate.

Here, you will find a large number of subscribers who live in or visit this area. This is important for those who run a portrait or travel business. It’s less so for a food or product photography blog.

Use More Than One

Using one hashtag is for people who already feel like they have enough followers. If you limit your photography hashtags, you are also limiting your audience and those who can notice your work.

Posts with 10 or more hashtags reach an average of 31k per post. Posts with one hashtag reach around 12k per post, which is less than half.

Create Your Own Photography Hashtags

Creating your own photography hashtags has its benefits. You are the only one to use it, so other users don’t have to sift through other posts.

You will need to try hard to push this hashtag otherwise people won’t be able to find it. Plus, there is nothing stopping others from joining once it picks up speed.

You can create a community using this hashtag, where you can feature people on your wall. The more people use it and share it, the more people will use it and share it.

A photographer holding a Polaroid frame out against a mountainous landscape over a lake

Instagram Marketing

Instagram is a great marketing platform, but you don’t need us to tell you that. You can use it to bring clients to your established business, grow traffic and make sales. You can even get sponsored by companies.

Other people use their following to advertise products.

This is something you need to take advantage of to grow your base, put your name out there and make some money.

There are 800 million monthly active users. You will need to present your best work for the best chance at getting spotted or featured.

When to Post

There are different schools of thought on what the best time to post images on Instagram is. It also seems to change each year. This could be down to our habits, or the many changes Instagram has been going through in recent years.

The times also change depending on your location (US vs. Europe) and your topic. I remember last year, the best times to post were in the morning, as people trudged to work.

7.30 or 8 am was perfect for me, as it went out before people made their way to work in the UK.

Now it seems that lunch and after work are the best times to post for the US. If you are based in the UK, but your biggest audience is in the US, we recommend getting an Instagram Scheduler.

You’ll find yourself posting at all sorts of crazy times to make up for the time difference.

Diagram of Instagram posting schedule - best time to post on Instagram

Above are the best times to share your images on Instagram, for both the US and UK. London is five hours ahead of New York, six hours ahead of Chicago, seven hours ahead of Denver and eight hours of Los Angeles.

You can use Instagram’s native analytics to find out where your biggest audience is. And share your images according to their location.

How to Use Stories

An Instagram story is a way to share photos or videos with your followers for up to 24 hours. These then disappear, and are no longer available.

Adding media to these stories has never been easier. Tap the ‘+’ button on the top left-hand corner of the app on your Instagram Homepage. You can either capture new content or add it from your photo library.

You also have a multitude of different editing options, a range of filters and an array of other possible enhancements.

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How to Maximise Your Reach

Engage Followers

One way to cement your support from existing followers is to engage with them. If you like what they post, follow them. If they posted ‘congrats’ or an interesting comment, be sure to reply or give it a ‘like’.

Post Frequently

Frequent posting is the hardest thing to do, yet it is one of the key methods of success. Compelling content on a frequent basis brings a higher chance of engaging users, viewers and potential customers. Posting once a month is not enough.

Keep an Eye on the Competition

Look at what your competition is doing. Are they writing stories about their posts? Are they asking questions? Do they have interesting photography hashtags? Make a note of what you like and use it to your advantage.

Be Critical of Your Visual Content

If you want to get noticed, then your work needs to be at the top of its game. Post only your best images.

How to Get Featured on a Popular Instagram Account

Getting featured on a popular Instagram account is a great way to get your image out there. One of my favourite accounts is @accidentallywesanderson. They show images that could be set in a Wes Anderson film.

People attach the hashtag #AccidentallyWesAnderson, which shows up on a separate, searchable page. From there, the account is then free to pick and choose which images they want to feature.

The average likes for these images hit the 20,000 mark. That is a lot of exposure for one image. The account itself has 440,000 followers, which again provides a huge network to share to. There are many other accounts that hit way above this amount.

@streetphotographyinternational is another one of my favourites, where they have 633k followers. It isn’t uncommon for images to hit over 30k likes.

We recommend that you find a list of accounts that you would like to be featured on. Find out which Instagram photography hashtags you need to use for them to see your image. Don’t give up and keep trying.

The bigger the account and follower base, the more images they are going to receive. This means they need to sift through hundreds if not thousands of images daily, and they tend to only post one or two a day.

Wall graffiti reading '#justdidit' best photography hashtags

Banned Photography Hashtags

There are banned hashtags and these come from a wide range of topics. They’ve been banned due to misuse. Or users have added unrelated images, or even shown undesirable images, spam or worse. Research and make sure you don’t waste space by using them.

#adultlife #beautyblogger #curvy #dating #elevator #fitnessgirls #girlsonly
#hardworkpaysoff #instamood #killingit #like #models #nasty #pornfood
#sunbathing #thought #undies #valentinesday #workflow

Top 20 Photography Hashtags

General Photography Hashtags

#agameoftones #ig_masterpiece #ig_exquisite #ig_shotz #global_hotshotz #superhubs
#main_vision #master_shots #exclusive_shots #hubs_united #jaw_dropping_shotz
#worldshotz #theworldshotz #pixel_ig #photographyislifee #photographyislife
#photographysouls #photographyeveryday #photographylover #worldbestgram

A row of buildings by a canal on an overcast day

Abstract Photography Hashtags

#abstract #art #abstractart #envywear #abstracters_anonymous
#abstract_buff #abstraction #instagood #creative #artsy
#beautiful #photooftheday #abstracto #stayabstract #instaabstract

Colourful clouds of smoke against a dark background - abstract photography hashtags.

Architecture Photography Hashtags

#architecture #building #architexture #city
#buildings #skyscraper #urban #design #cities
#town #street #art #architecturelovers #abstract #lines

Cool architecture photo looking up through a sculptural element beside a tall multi windowed building

Astrophotography Hashtags

#astrophotography #universetoday #milkyway #astrophoto #astrography #nightsky #nightscaper
#starphotography #starscape #longexpo_additction #udog_sky #landscape_captures #awesomeearth
#milkywaychasers #natgeospace #starrynight #longexposure #astro_photography_ #ic_longexpo #fs_longexpo

A close up photo of the moon - astrophotography hashtags for Instagram success
Black and White Photography Hashtags

#bwstylesgf #bnw_captures #bnw_universe #insta_bw #bwmasters
#igfotogram_bw #excellent_bnw #igblacknwhite #blackandwhite_perfection
#bnw_demand #bnwmood #bnw_planet #bnw_society #bnw_magazine
#bnw_globe #bnw_of_our_world #top_bnw #bw_lovers #bw_photooftheday #bw_crew

A close up black and white photo of a persons hand playing guitar
Boudoir Photography Hashtags

#boudoirphotography #boudoirphotographer #boudoirshoot #boudoirinspiration #boudoirphotos
#beautyandboudoir #boudoir #implied #impliedmagazine #uncoverme #uncoveredmagazine
#nakidmag #forguysmag #fusemagazineonline #sensual_ladies #sensualdays
#great_captures_sensual #igf_sensual2 #sensual_guru #ig_sensual_art

Sensual boudoir photography of a blonde woman in black underwear posing on a beige couch

Composition for Photography Hashtags

#composition #art #instagood #focus #photography #perspective
#color #beautiful #shots #capture #photooftheday #photo #picture
#picoftheday #exposure #moment #pic #pics #snapshot #pictures
#photos #design #cinema #light #minimal #hdr #canon #architecture #bhfyp

Black and white photo of four people climbing stone stairs
DIY Photography Hashtags

#diy #diyideas #diyprojects #repurposed #reclaimed
#projectoftheday #handmade #craft #crafts #craftsposure
#pinterestinspired #doityourself #tutorial #artsy #upcycle #upcycled

Flat lay photo of stationary on a white background - hashtags for photographers
Drone Photography Hashtags

#dronephotography #droneoftheday #dronestagram #dronesdaily #droneporn
#dronefly #dronegear #drone #mavic #dji #quadcopter #djiphantom3 #djiglobal
#uas #dronelife #dronebois #aerialphotography #phantom3 #phantom2 #phantom4

A stunning aerial photograph of traffic on two bridges over a river - hashtags for photographers
Family Photography Hashtags

#familyphotography #family #photography #love #babygirl #familyphotographer
#photographer #portrait #familygoals #portraitphotography #childphotography
#canon #newbornphotography #babybump #maturnityshoot #maturnityphoto
#maturnitypictures #maturnity #photooftheday #photoshoot

A family walking through a poppy field - instagram hashtags
Fashion Photography Hashtags

#fashionphotographer #fashionshoot #fashioneditorial #fashionmagazine
#fashionmodel #fashionph #vogue #fashiongram #fashiondiaries #topmodel
#modeloftheday #modelfashion #modelsworld #testshoot
#testshoots #newface #facesobsessed #endlessfaces #highfashion

close up of a model in a pink dress holding a pair of sunglasses - photography hashtags instagram
Film Photography Hashtags

#filmphotography #filmisnotdead #35mm #ishootfilm #35mmfilm #filmcamera
#staybrokeshootfilm #believeinfilm #buyfilmnotmegapixels
#istillshootfilm #filmisalive #shotonfilm #filmcommunity #grainisgood
#keepfilmalive #filmfeed #thirtyfivefuckingmillimeter #analogue #analoguevibes

flat lay of a film camera and rolls of film on a wooden background - instagram hashtags for photography
Fine Art Photography Hashtags

#fineartphotography #finearephotographer #conceptualphotography
#artisticphotography #emotive #artisoninstagram #of2humans #fineartportrait
#visualsoflife #l0tsabraids #featuremeofh #pixel_ig #capturedconcepts
#marvelshot #whyconcept #forbiddenart #visualcreators #visualsgang

Atmospheric photo of a mural of two children on a bike on a stone wall in low light
Food Photography Hashtags

#feedfeed #thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #foodie_features #foodoftheday #foodpost #foodaddict #foodlife #foodinsta #foodgram #chefsofinstagram
#cheflife #chefsroll #buzzfeast #hautecuisines #gloobyfood #beautifulcuisines #f52grams

A person opening the lid on a steaming bowl of dumplings, beside two small bowls of sauce on a wooden chopping board
Landscape Photography Hashtags

#landscapephotography #landscapelover #landscape_captures #landscapes
#landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #landscape_lovers
#landscapecaptures #landscapestyles_gf #landscape_specialist #landscapeporn
#getlost #landscapephotomag #ig_landscape #trapping_tones #ig_masterpiece
#ig_podium #splendid_earth #gramslayers

Two buildings surrounded by a beautiful mountainous landscape on a cloudy day
Macro Photography Hashtags

#macro #macrophotography #nature #photography #naturephotography
#flowers #insects #insect #photooftheday #flower #ig #macros #canon #closeup
#wildlife #naturelover #instagood #captures #summer #garden

A close up shot of a brown moth perched on foliage - instagram hashtags for photographers
Mobile Photography Hashtags

#mobilephotography #photography #ig #nature #mobile #bnw #street
#photooftheday #kolkata #india #photo #streetphotography #like #beautiful
#instagram #picoftheday #clouds #travel #naturephotography #travelphotography

Blurry shot of a people checking their phones on a crowded train - best hashtags for photographers
Newborn Photography Hashtags

#newbornphotography #newbornphotographer #newbornphotographers
#newborn #newborns #baby #babies #newbornpictures #newbornphotos
#babyphotography #babyphotographer #babyprops #handmade #newbornprops
#newbornheadband #babyheadband #photographyprops #babyboy #babygirl #milestone

Blurry close up photo of a man holding a newborn baby - photography tags
Pet Photography Hashtags

#petphotography #pet #dogsofinstagram #dog #petstagram #pets
#photography #catsofinstagram #instadog #cat #cats #dogs #dogphotography
#of #cute #instagram #adorable #animalphotography #instapet #puppy

A small brown dog standing in a wooden area
Portrait Photography Hashtags

#portraits #portrait #portraits_ig #pixel_ig #portraiture #expofilm3k
#portrait_perfection #portraitstyles_gf #snowisblack #portraits_universe
#featurepalette #bleachmyfilm #portraitmood #featurepalette  #rsa_portraits
#makeportraits #profile_vision #top_portraits #life_portraits

A red haired female model, wearing orange and posed in front of an orange background
Product Photography Hashtags

#productphotography #luxury #lifestyle #produktfotographie #design
#technology #setup #workspace #tablespotting #tablesituation
#storyofmytable #theartofliving #productphotoshoot #minimal
#productphoto #foodphotographyandstyling #makeitdelicious
#productphoto #foodphotographyandstyling #makeitdelicious

flat lay product photography shot of three colored spoons against a grey background
Sports Photography Hashtags

#sportsphotography #sportphotography #maxpreps
#sportphoto #championship #sportsman #sportphotographer
#mondaymotivation #actionphotography #championship

Action photo of a sports person sliding in the dirt
Street Photography Hashtags

#streetphotography #streetphoto #photostreet #bnw_street #streetview
#streetportrait #streetphotographers #streetleaks #storyofthestreet
#killyourcity #citykillerz #illgramers #way2ill #agameoftones #urbex #createexplore
#exploretocreate #streetactivityteam #streetdreamsmag #neverstopexploring
#featuremeinstagood #igersone #shoot2kill #streetshared #streetmobs
#urbanphotography #streetphotography #streetexploration #urbanandstreet

Atmospheric low light street photography shot of a person crossing the road
Travel Photography Hashtags

#getlost #explorer #optoutside #worldshotz #theworldshotz #createexplore
#exploretocreate #discoverearth #travelphoto #travelworld #keepexploring
#globe_travel #theglobewanderer #roamtheplanet #letsgosomewhere
#exploretheglobe #nakedplanet #places_wow #instapassport #instatraveling

A man sitting in an airport waiting area, watching an airplane ascending from the window
Urban Exploration Photography Hashtags

#killyourcity #citykillerz #illgramers #way2ill #agameoftones #urbex
#createexplore #exploretocreate #streetactivityteam #streetdreamsmag
#neverstopexploring #featuremeinstagood #igersone #shoot2kill
#streetshared #streetmobs #urbanphotography  #streetexploration #urbanandstreet

Aerial view of an abandoned industrial area covered with graffiti
Wedding Photography Hashtags

#weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #weddingphoto #weddingday
#weddingmoments #weddingceremony #weddingstyle #weddingfashion
#bridalfashion #weddinginspirations #weddingdetails #weddingideas #weddinginspo
#weddingrings #weddingblog #weddingblogger #weddingplanning #loveauthentic
#junebugweddings #destinationweddingphotographer

Dreamy close up wedding portrait of a bride placing a ring on the grooms finger - wedding instagram
Wildlife Photography Hashtags

#animal_captures #animals_in_world #splendid_animals #animals_captures
#animal_fanatics #animalelite #animal_sultans #animal_sultans
#wildlifephotography #wildlifephotography #birdphotography
#wildlifephoto #wildlifelovers #earthfocus #wildlifeplanet
#wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #natgeowild #natgeo

Atmospheric wildlife portrait of a sitting leopard - Instagram tags

Conclusion

Instagram, love it or hate it. Regardless, it’s here to stay. It was recently bought out by Facebook, so expect things to change like they always have.

If you have or want to create a photographic business, then Instagram can be an essential tool.

To get the best from Instagram, you need to understand how hashtags work. Also at what time images will gain the biggest audience and how to deal with your competition.

We have provided a general idea of help, now you need to attach that concept to your own work and niche.

Our tips are simple but thorough. Follow our recommendations and put them into practise. See you out there.

P.S. follow us @expertphotography.

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Craig is a photographer currently based in Budapest. His favourite photographic areas are street and documentary photography. Show him a darkroom and he'll be happy there for days. As long as there are music and snacks. Find him at craighullphotography.co.uk and Instagram/craighullphoto

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