10 Fantastic Instagram Users You Should Follow Right Now

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While some people still regard Instagram as a hipster gimmick bound to eventually wear out its welcome, most people have come around and found it to be much more than just another spoke in the social media wheel. Instagram is perhaps the most simplistic of the social media applications but much like Twitter, it has used that to its advantage rather than let it become a hindrance.

Even though it’s often used for sharing your current meal or that cute face your cat always makes, sometimes it gets used to its full potential as a device for unconventional humor or revolutionary marketing. And then sometimes it’s taken even beyond that and used to showcase unique visions and exquisite works by some of today’s greatest artists. These are some of those artists.

Dave Yoder (@daveyoder)

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Dave Yoder is a regular photographer for National Geographic, which means his Instagram feed can feature anything from a raptor trainer in Abu Dhabi to a bounty hunter in Indianapolis. His photos are an excellent study of the beauty, fun, and fear human beings experience in their everyday life around the world.

Timothy Mcgurr AKA 13th Witness (@13thwitness)

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If only we could all see the world around us with the same keen eye for amazing patterns and awe inspiring symmetry as Timmothy McGurr aka 13th Witness. The way he lays out the cityscape and urban sprawl of every day life can have you thinking we live in a perfectly planned utopian metropolis one minute and staring into the dead eyes of urban decay the next. His gift is definitely one to take note of, and if you end up as a fan I strongly urge you to check out his website where he expands upon his Instagram feed with his other equally impressive work.

Jussi Ulkuniemi (@skwii)

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Stark surreal landscapes and haunting portraits make this feed stand out among the rest. Jussi, a young artist out of Finland, creates a semi-lucid experience in his feed that captures playfulness, light, and solitude through the high contrast haze of a dream. There’s a unique and singular vision on display here and if this is what Jussi has to offer at such a young age there’s no doubt his skills will grow exponentially more impressive and eye catching.

Sam Horine @samhorine

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You may already be familiar with Sam Horine but there’s no way I could leave him off the list. The fact that he’s based out of New York, a city with almost as many photographers as cabs, only makes his unique perspective of the city all the more impressive. Sam is a shinning example of an Instagram account taken to the next level. Which is probably why he was asked to take over the Tribeca Instagram account leading up to the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Touring the city and capturing it’s vistas under the Tribeca banner is just one of several projects occupying Sam’s time though. Recently, and perhaps more importantly, he helped raise over $20,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief with a show at The Foley Gallery on the Lower East Side.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (@nasagoddard)


Boldly taking their smartphone where few, or really no one, has gone before. The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center generously share gorgeous shots of natural phenomenon, Hubble captured galaxy-scapes, and even portraits of the alluring “Mohawk Guy” from the Curiosity Rover Landing.

Cory Richards (@coryrichards)

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A climber for North Face and one of the top adventure and expedition photographers in the world, Cory Richards’ Instagram is one that comes highly recommended. His feed features a nice selection of photos displaying everything from the harsh trials of Mother Nature’s mountains to the unique beauty of Indonesian spear fishing. Clearly this is a feed that will stand out between pictures of what your friends are drinking at the local bar on a Friday night. And if his work happens to looks familiar it’s because he’s also been featured by the likes of National Geographic.

Theron Humphrey (@thiswildidea)

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Theron Humphrey is another name you may have heard before and with good reason. Whether you’re an animal lover or just someone who can appreciate a beautifully composed shot, you’ll quickly come to enjoy the adventures of Theron and his beloved coonhound Maddie, as they travel around the world capturing the genuine and simple joys of life. They’ve even gained a good amount of notoriety recently through their blog and book of the same name, Maddie on Things. Additionally, Theron was one of last year’s lucky recipient’s of National Geographic’s Traveler of the Year Award.

Elise Swopes (@swopes)

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Elise Swopes, the graphic designer, rapper, and featured Instagram photographer offers a colorful view of her current hometown, Chicago. The invigorating oranges, reds, and pinks of her skylines and cityscapes seduce the eye and are a nice way to add a little color to your feed.

Dan Cole (@dankhole)

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Dan Cole is arguably one of the best photographers listed here and he has the followers to back it up. But really he doesn’t even need the numbers. One look at his photos and you’ll be sold on his incredibly striking and equally versatile vision. With content ranging from the celebration of the simplistic beauty in architecture’s sharp edged symmetry to serene nature photos that often look so peaceful they could be paintings, Dan Cole has earned every follower he has with an Instagram feed that is unrivaled.

GE (@generalelectric)

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Yes that’s right, General Electric. If you’ve never checked out their Instagram feed I can understand why you may be puzzled. Go check it out and you’ll instantly see why it made the list. Seriously, go check it out. Have you ever seen such mesmerizing patterns and shapes? General Electric have set the bar for the artistic integrity of a corporate Instagram account. Their photos are so well staged and captured they give the viewer an instant appreciation for the industrial goliath being assembled before them despite the viewer having no idea what exactly they’re looking at. Now that’s a powerful photo.

  • Igor Ken

    more posts like this one please! thanks!

  • JR

    Would be useful to see something similar where all photos are captured/processed with the mobile device, not screenshots of postprocessed dLSR files. Just bugs me a bit when the “instagram” feed is full of non-mobile-device shots.

  • Mansgame

    Nope. I follow actual photographers.

  • P

    U should also check out the users “igune” and “Aygyun”

  • Mantis

    And to think that there are those who think snobbery is a problem among the photography community.

  • Adelson [_O*] Cadete

    follow me @adelsonc :D

  • Jackson Cheese

    TIL only people with DSLR’s are actual photographers.

  • Cesar

    check @woingfat ! on instagram! you wont regret it :)

  • Cesar

    check @woingfat , it is just iPhone photos, really, just have a look at it :)

  • Noah Frankenhauser

    great post! another good one would be ‘the 10 top underrated Instagram users’ starting with mine (extra0rdinar7) k thanks :P

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  • AnySandyBeach

    I agree!!! My IG is mobile phone only!

  • Oliver Kealey

    Like those Instagram using Non-Photographers Zack Arias? David Hobby? Douglas Sonders?

  • Casey P

    There’s also a few other interesting guys like David Guttenfelder, who’s been placed in North Korea. Interesting shots of life over there.

  • Random Pixels blog

    I have negatives and prints I shot almost 50 years ago. I winder how much of this crap will still be around a half century from now?

  • Mansgame

    I’ll take snobbery with good lighting and composition over a bunch of filtered snapshots all day.

  • Mansgame

    Skilled people with DSLRs are always better than wannabees with filters. Let’s wait 20 years and see which pictures people will remember.

  • Mansgame

    They were famous long before instagram and will continue to be so after the fad of filtered pictures is over. I first heard of Zack when his one light video came out. I believe he was using a Nikon DSLR and Alien Bees lights. David Hobby was using a Nikon DSLR and several smaller lights and his skill. Can you point out in the video where they were touting instagram?

    Sorry to burst your straw man’s argument though. And hey, where are those people on this list?

  • Mansgame

    Exactly. It’s like that article on here a while

    “As for you Instagramers, twenty years from now you’ll be sorry. You’ll be more sorry than I am when I look back on a picture I made twenty years ago with a 20mm lens when I should have used a 28mm. Years from now, you’ll awake in the middle of the night and suddenly realize putting a fake border on a picture makes the whole picture fake. You’ll understand that the technical choices you made destroyed the longterm credibility of both you and your images.

    Instead of having a body of work to look back on, you’ll have a sad little collection of noisy digital files that were disposable when you made them, instantly forgotten by your followers (after they gave you a thumbs up), and now totally worthless. You’ll wish you’d have made those images on a Pentax K1000 and Tri-X (at the very least or most depending on your age and perspective), but the times you failed to record properly will be long gone. But don’t listen to me, listen to all your Insta-friends. They love you.

  • lidocaineus

    If this isn’t proof you’re a troll, I don’t know what is. Dave Yoder is on this list, and if you don’t think he’s an “actual photographer” then you don’t know much about photography.

  • Jake

    What about skilled people with Instagram who know how to tastefully use filters vs. rich wannabes who buy DSLRs and keep them on Auto? Cause you, those exist too…

  • Mansgame

    They may exist but for their “real” photography, they get their big boy cameras.

  • Mansgame

    Not a fan of square pictures, sorry. I’ll check out his rectangular pictures later.

  • sgoralnick

    who’s to say they aren’t shooting with other cameras as well? have you checked out their blogs and portfolio sites? it’s like saying that a novelist will be sorry for using twitter, as their writings will fade away forever. they’re probably still exercising their craft with other tools and in other mediums simultaneously.

  • weerdnaa

    more posts like this! especially now with the popularity of Instagram and the controversy behind it. feel free to check mine out too! @weerdnaa

  • ha

    all of these people are iPhone only…. you’re dumb.

  • Ahmed Mahfouz

    and me @ahmadmahfouz for some fashion and art pick ups!

  • André

    At my instagram, @f_st0ps, i only post photos taken with the iphone, but i never use the filters or borders from instagram, which make all the photos look alike. I always use another editing app.
    Instagram can be fun, and you are not an heretic if you use it!! Relax!! I also take photos with my G10 and develop them in AdobeLR…

  • JR

    No, they are not. Many of the shots are clearly screen captures or emailed copies of non-mobile-device photos, which are then uploaded to IG via mobile device. Great photos, yes. But I enjoy seeing what photographers can do with just their mobile.

  • Joseph Mietus

    You gotta be trolling.

    Any “real” photographer, or simply a person who appreciates beauty, wonder – and to use your own criteria – good lighting and composition, would look at the photos on these Instagram accounts and be dazzled and inspired as much as I know the majority of people here are.

    Only the most bitter cynic would see these photos as hackneyed and not “real” photography. I’d be very curious to see your own photos to see what you do that transcends some of the brilliant work here.

  • Joseph Mietus

    Interesting that you would disregard anything that was shot on a Hasselblad.

  • Joseph Mietus

    You must be really fun at parties.

  • Carin Basson

    As someone who primarily uses Instagram to see what other people see in the world, I’m grateful these photographers are taking the time to share their work.

    You know, Instagram for Android actually saves the whole picture you took, not just the one that’s uploaded (don’t have an iPhone, but probably it works the same). And maybe some of the Instagrammers featured here wouldn’t have taken nearly as many pictures if they didn’t have a camera in their phone.

    Instagram is an amazing tool to share your vision – who knows, maybe Henri Cartier-Bresson would have used it too, in addition to the many other examples of his work.

  • kpfoto

    That’s a dumbass thing to say,…..what’s your web site?? Let’s all look,…. What is your criteria for taking a photo? A pinhole? An SLR? A view camera like Ansel?? Film? Digital? What does it matter what format as long as it’s a great photo? Or they have to be a “pro”,……?

  • Rob LaRosa

    Are you trying to say that Dave Yoder isn’t an “actual photographer”? National Geographic seems to think he is!

  • swopes

    Well you should know Swopes is iphone only completely.

  • photopoa

    “iphone only” or “dslr only” people need to reevaluate the art of photography. who cares as long as you are enjoying the art and evolving as you learn from the community. That’s my 2 cents!

  • esorkcin

    if you like urban photography check out @nycpics_official – its my friends insta page and its amazine – all iphone

  • Luciano Battistini

    check out @battman77077 this kid’s got talent

  • Ashley Pomeroy

    Good call with General Electric – it’s like Koyaanisqatis in stills. Who’d-a-thunk that the square format would make such a comeback? Hasselblad ditched it a few years ago and I bet they’re kicking themselves. If only they had a square 6x6cm digital sensor. “The only format that captures the whole world”, that’s the slogan they could use, with the famous Apollo 17 shot of the Earth as the image.

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  • Mgs

    Follow @meagan_kat_comics their comics are actually so funny!! Lol

  • NowitzkiChick

    Follow @caitlincomeskey on Instagram. Very funny user.

  • David Gray

    I’ll still new to Instagram (rejecting it because I thought it was churning out a generation of “I’m a photographer!” sorts who got popular overnight while I struggled to make it as a photographer), but it’s not a bad site so far, and I’ll definitely be following these people.

    And if anyone wants to follow me, @davidgrayphotography (hint hint!)

  • Jian Adornado

    Check out @jianart – photos around Seattle and Toronto

  • EverySlipAStyle

    Good lighting and composition can be achieved using a smartphone, you just have to work harder, and think your way round problems that modern DSLRs solve for you. And hey, that’s a good thing.

    To quote Goethe;

    “It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.”

    Limits do not render us incapable. Rather, limits push us to be MORE capable, often inspiring greater art as a result. This is as true of someone using the limited tools of instagram to create art as it is of any other creative endeavour.

    I imagine Caravaggio could have taken a photo that would make you cry, even if he was shooting with a smartphone.

  • NikonIsGun

    Check out my buddy @posesawkwardly. He’s got a pretty fun feed and shoots in all mobile (I think). So many people out there love to hate on IG users, but being able to produce well-composed, interesting and nicely lit photos with just an iPhone can be pretty impressive in my book.

  • sarah o.

    follow izeltemizel

  • Aziz

    nice accounts

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