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The Complete Guide to Photography Hashtags

Not sure what hashtags to use to help get noticed on Instagram?  Wondering how to make the most of your Instagram account? Check out our guide below!

Hashtag strategies are important.  Otherwise it's going to look like you're just spamming your audience, and just trying to get attention.  Sure, you may be using Instagram specifically with the end goal of getting more attention, but it's important to remember that not all attention is created equal.  Any hashtag will get your post seen, but for that impression to also generate a like, a follow, or even a link click, they need to be relevant.  Too often we see photographers including hashtags of countries or locations that have nothing to do with their image.  They're just looking for attention, and it shows.  

"Remember that not all attention is created equal"

While growing your Instagram audience, you may be tempted to purchase followers, and help boost the appeared status of your profile.  Sure, it may seem like your page is popular at first glance, but your post likes aren't even going to come close to matching your follower count, and is going to set off some red flags with your audience.  Purchased followers are typically going to do more harm than good, and may result in your next big opportunity passing your account up for a more engaging one.  Not only can this dissuade your current and potential audience from following along, it can also result in troubles with Instagram; which never ends well. If your'e lucky, Instagram will remove the followers you bought with your hard earned cash; if you're not so lucky, Instagram will ban your account, and all your hard work will be lost forever.  It's not a pretty sight.  

If you haven't already, we strongly recommend switching your Instagram profile over (learn how here) to a business account.  There isn't any cost associated with it, but you'll gain invaluable insights about how your following interacts with your posts and profile as a whole.  With that said, keeping times of the day and days of the week in mind are also important; not only for your own followers (which you'll gain insights to with an Instagram business account) but also the users that you'd like to target with your hashtags.  If you're posting travel photos it can be advantageous to post around a time the location the photo was taken will be active.  

Below we've compiled a list below of some of the most successful hashtags we've seen, as well as some others that we've either encountered in the wild on the explore page, or that have come highly recommended around the web.  


Best Hashtags for Analog and Film

#35mm #35mmfilm #analog #analogfeatures #analogphotography #analogue #analoguevibes #believeinfilm #blackandwhite #buyfilmnotmegapixels #film #filmcamera #filmcommunity #filmfeed #filmisalive #filmisnotdead #filmphotography #grainisgood #ishootfilm #istillshootfilm #keepfilmalive #kodak #lomography #mm #mmfilm #photography #shotonfilm #staybrokeshootfilm #thirtyfivefuckingmillimeter #vintage

Best Hashtags for Animals

#animal_captures #animal_fanatics #animal_sultans #animalelite #animalphotos #animals_in_world #animalsofinstagram #animalsultans #birdphotography #birdsofinstagram #discovertheworld #earthfocus #exclusive_animals #explore_wildlife #featured_wildlife #ig_nature #live_love_wildlife #marvelshots #natgeo #natgeohub #natgeopix #natgeowild #natgeowild_hd #natgeowildlife #nature_hub #nature_perfection #natureisbeautiful #naturepic #natureshooters #naturfotografie #ourplanet #splendid_animals #wildlife_inspired #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_shots #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifelovers #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeperfection #wildlifeperfection #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotos #wildlifeplanet

Best Hashtags for Architecture

#archdaily #archilovers #architect #architecture_lovers #architecturelovers #architecturephoto #architecturephotography #architecutre #arquitectura  #arquitetura #building #city #construction #design #designer #home #homedecor #instagood #interior #interiordesign #luxury

Best Hashtags for Astro

#astro #astro_photography_ #astrography #astronomy #astrophoto #astrophotography #awesomeearth #cosmos #deepsky #earth #galaxy #longexpo #longexpo_additction #longexpoelite #longexposure #milkyway #milkywaychasers #milkywaygalaxy  #moon #moonlight #nasa #natgeospace #nebula #nightimages #nightscape #nightscaper #nightshooters #nightshooterz #nightsky #nightsky #planet #sky #stargazing #starphotography #starrynight #starrynight #starscape #telescope #udog_sky #universetoday #universetoday

Best Hashtags for Black and White

#blackandwhite #blackandwhite_perfection #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhitephotography #bnw #bnw_captures #bnw_demand #bnw_diamond #bnw_globe #bnw_guru #bnw_life #bnw_magazine #bnw_mood #bnw_of_our_world #bnw_oftheworld #bnw_perfection #bnw_planet #bnw_society #bnw_universe #bnwmood #bnwphotography #bnwphotos #bw_crew #bw_life #bw_lovers #bw_photooftheday #bw_society #bwlovers #bwmasters #bwsquare #bwstyleoftheday #bwstyles #excellent_bnw #flair_bw #greyscale #igblacknwhite #Igersbnw #igfotogram_bw #insta_bw #Insta_pick_bw #instablackandwhite #love_bnw #monoart #monochromatic #monochrome #monochrome #noir #noir_vision #top_bnw #world_bnw

Best Hashtags for Cars

#amazingcars #auto #automotivephotography #car #cargasm #cargram #carinstagram #carlifestyle #carlovers #caroftheday #carphotography #carporn #cars #carshow #carsofinstagram #carspotting #carstagram #carswithoutlimits #classiccars #drift #drive #exoticcars #instacar #instacars #luxury #luxurycars #madwhips #race #racing #speed #sportscar #sportscars #stance #supercar #supercars #turbo

Best Hashtags for Drone

#aerial #aerialphotography #aerialphotography #drone #drone #dronebois #dronefly #dronefly #dronegear #dronegram #dronelife #droneoftheday #dronephoto #dronephotography #dronepic #dronepilot #droneporn #droneracing #drones #dronesdaily  #dronestagram #dronevideo #droneworld #fpv #fpvaddiction #fpvdrone #fpvfreestyle #fpvlife #fpvracer #fpvracing #fromwhereidrone #gopro #natgeoworld #quad #quadcopter #quaddiction #uas #uav

Best Hashtags for Fine Art

#abstract #abstractart #acrylicpainting #art #artcollector #arte #artgallery #artisoninstagram #artist #artistic #artisticphotography #artistsoninstagram #artlovers #artoftheday #arts #artsy #artwork #capturedconcepts #conceptualphotography #contemporary #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #creative #design #digitalart #emotive #finearephotographer #fineart #fineartphotography #fineartportrait #forbiddenart #gallery #instaart #instaartist #marvelshot #modernart #originalart #popart #visualart #visualcreators #visualsgang #visualsoflife #whyconcept

Best Hashtags for Food

#beautifulcuisines #buzzfeast #chef #cheflife #chefsofinstagram #chefsroll #cooking #delicious #dessert #eat #eeeeeats #feedfeed #food #foodaddict #foodblog #foodblogfeed #foodblogger #foodgasm #foodgawker #foodgram #foodie #foodie_features #foodies #foodiesofinstagram #foodinsta #foodlife #foodlove #foodlover #foodlovers #foodoftheday #foodography #foodphoto #foodphotography #foodpic #foodpics #foodporn #foodpost #foods #foods4thought #foodstagram #foodstyling #foody #gloobyfood #hautecuisines #healthy #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #homemade #huffposttaste #hungry #instafood #italianfood #onthetable #restaurant #streetfood #sweet #tastingtable #tasty #thefeedfeed #thekitchen #todayfood #yum #yummy

Best Hashtags for Flatlay

#flatlay #flatlaystyle #handmade #style #flatlaylove #shopsmall #makeupflatlay #flatlays #flatlaytoday #nothingisordinary #flatlayoftheday #design #smallbusiness

Best Hashtags for Gear

#adventurephotographer #backpack #backpacker #backpackerlife #backpackers #backpackgear #backpacking #backpackingaddicts #backpacks #cameragear #camerasetup #camerastrap #dslrbackpack #dslrpropack #gearreview #incase #photogear #photographer #photographygear #photographyinspiration #photographytips #travelingphotographer #travelphotography

Best Hashtags for General Photography

#50mm #agameoftones #aperture #bokeh #collectivelycreate #depthoffield #dodgeandburn #exclusive_shots #fatalframes #foto #fotografia #global_hotshotz #goldenratio #heatercentral #highsnobiety #hubs_united #icatching #ig_great_pics #ig_masterpiece #ig_myshot #ig_shotz #iglobal_photographers #instagood #jaw_dropping_shotz #justgoshoot #leadinglines #lightphotography #lightroom #longexposure #macro #main_vision #manualfocus #master_shots #Monochrome #Monogram #MoodyGrams #Panorama #photo #photographer #photographyeveryday #photographyislife #photographylover #photographysouls #photooftheday #photoshoot #pic #picoftheday #picture #pixel_ig #portraitphotography  #relfectiongram #ruleofthirds #shotwithlove #shotzdelight #snapseed #streetphotography #superhubs #symmetry #theworldshotz #throughthelens #viewpoint #vignette #vsco #vsco #worldbestgram #worldshotz #xposuremag

Best Hashtags for Pets

#adoptdontshop #animalphotography #animals #cat #catlovers #cats #catsofinstagram #caturday #dog  #doglover #dogoftheday #dogphoto #dogphotographer #dogphotography #dogportrait #dogs #dogsofig #dogsofinsta #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #furbabies #ilovemydog #instadog #petphotographer #petphotography #petsofinstagram #petstagram #puppiesofinstagram #puppy #puppylove #rescued #tigerthecat

Best Hashtags for Portrait

#artofvisuals #DiscoverPortrait #eyes #featurepalette #IGPortrait #InstaPortrait #justgoshoot #life_portraits #makeportraits #MoodyPortraits #people #photoshoot #portrait #portrait #Portrait_Mood #portrait_perfection #Portrait_Shots #Portrait_Society #PortraitFolk #portraitmood #portraitmood #PortraitOfTheDay #PortraitPage #PortraitPerfection #PortraitPhotography #PortraitPhotography #portraits #portraits #portraits_ig #Portraits_Today #portraits_universe #PortraitsFromTheWorld #PortraitSociety #Portraiture #Portraiture #Portraiture #PostMorePortraits #postthepeople #profile_vision #PursuitOfPortrait #RSA_Portraits #SelfPortrait #SelfPortrait #shots #style #TangledInFilm #top_portraits #way2ill #WithHumans

Best Hashtags for Landscape

#adventure #awesome_earthpix #AwesomeGlobe #BeautifulLandscape #discoverearth #DiscoverLandscape #Earthescope #earthfocus #earthofficial #Earthpix #exploretheglobe #getlost #ig_landscape #IGRefined #landscape_captures #landscape_hunter #landscape_lovers #landscape_photography #landscape_specialist #landscapecaptures #LandscapeHunter #landscapelover #landscapelovers #landscapelovers #landscapephotography #landscapephotography #landscapephotomag #landscapeporn #landscapes #landscapes #LandscapeShot #landschaftsfotografie #nakedplanet #nakedplanet #natgeo #nationalgeographic #optoutside #ourplanetdaily #Outdoors #Outdoors #places_wow #ScenicView #Sky_Captures #Splendid_Earth #streetphotography #trapping_tones #view #Viewpoint #wanderlust

Best Hashtags for Nature

#adventure #awesomeglobe #beautyofnature #earth_portraits #earth_shotz #earthfocus #earthpics #ecology #green #hiking #natgeo #natgeocreative #natgeohub #natgeolandscape #natgeopix #natgeowild #natgeowild_hd #natgeowildlife #nature #nature_of_our_world #nature_wizards #naturebeauty #naturegood #natureisbeautiful #naturelover #naturelovers #natureperfection #naturephotography #naturepic #naturepics #natures_hub #natureshot #outdoors #planetearth #splendid_earth #wanderlust

Best Hashtags for Music

#musicblogger #livemusicphotography #onstage #ontour #concertphoto #concertphotographer #musicphoto #musicphotography #gigphotography #bestmusicshots #liveauthentic #shows #musiclover

Best Hashtags for Sports

#actionphotography #championship #instasports #instafootball #instahockey #instabasketball #isntasoccer #maxpreps #mondaymotivation #sportphoto #sportphotographer #sportphotography #sportsman #sportsphotography

Best Hashtags for Travel

#adventureseeker #adventurethatislife #AroundTheWorld #awesome_earthpix #createexplore #digitalnomads #discoverearth #doyoutravel #earthfocus #earthofficial #explorer #exploretheglobe #exploretocreate #getlost #globe_travel #Globetrotter  #goexplore #igtravel #instapassport #instatraveling #keepexploring #keepitwild #laptoplifestyle #LetsGoEverywhere #letsgosomewhere #lifestyledesign #LifeWellTraveled #LiveIntrepid #locationindependent #LonelyPlanet #lovetotravel #mytravelgram #nakedplanet #natgeo #nationalgeographic #nomadiclife #officeoftheday #openmyworld #optoutside #ourplanetdaily #PassportReady #places_wow #PostcardPlaces #PostcardsFromTheWorld #roamtheplanet #sharetravelpics #sharetravelpics #stayandwander #tblogger #thattravelblog #theglobewanderer #theworldshotz #TravelAddicts #travelblog #travelbloggers #travelblogging #TravelBug #Travelholic #travelingram #travellifestyle #travelmore #travelphoto #travelpreneur #TravelScenes #travelstoke #TravelStroke #TravelTheWorld #wanderlust #wonderfulplaces #workabroad #workandtravel #workfromanywhere #workhardanywhere #WorldExplorer #worldshotz #worldtravelpics 

Best Hashtags for Urban and Street

#1stinstinct #_heater #agameoftones #CaptureStreets #citykillerz #createexplore #exploretocreate #featuremeinstagood #FromStreetsWithLove #heatercentral #IG_Street #igersone #illgramers #illgrammers #illkillers #imaginatones #instamagazine #killergrams #killyourcity #LensCultureStreets #LensOnStreets #moodygrams #neverstopexploring #peopleinsquare #shoot2kill #shotaroundmag #shotzdelight #StoryOfThe #Street_Photo_Club #streetactivityteam #streetdreamsmag #streetexploration #StreetGrammer #StreetLeaks #StreetLife #streetmagazine #streetmobs #streetmobs #streetphotography #streetshared #StreetShooter #StreetShot #streettogether #streettogether #StreetView #StreetVision #superhubs #UrbanAisle #urbanandstreet #urbanphotography #urbanphotography #urbanromantix #UrbanShot #urbex #way2ill Street

Best Hashtags for Wildlife

#allmightybirds #animal_captures #animal_fanatics #animal_sultans #animalelite #animals_captures #animals_in_world #animals_in_world #bestbirdshots #birdfreaks #birdies #birding #birdlife #birdlovers #birdphoto #birdphotography #birdphotos #birdsofinstagram #birdstagram #birdwatching #closeupanimal  #earthfocus #feather_perfection #feathers #instabird #instabirds #kings_birds #macrophotography #natgeo #natgeohub #natgeopix #natgeowild #natgeowild_hd #natgeowildlife #naturephotography #nuts_about_birds #splendid_animals #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifelovers #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeperfection #wildlifephoto #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographybird #wildlifephotographyoftheyear #WildlifePhotographyTours #your_best_birds

 

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