7 inspirational photographers you should be following on Instagram

A picture can speak a thousand words and evoke so much emotion, so with that in mind, we wanted to celebrate all things photography here at thortful this month.

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Aside from our talented photography creators who capture beautiful moments from behind the lens, Instagram is an exceptional platform to seek photography inspiration.

Search a host of popular hashtags such as, ‘#photography, #photographer, #photooftheday, #photographylovers’ etc. and you’ll discover a treasure trove of imagery waiting to be devoured.

Here’s some of the best photographers we uncovered on Instagram who left us wanting to brush up on our photography skills…

1. Simone Bramante: @brahmino

Simon Bramante

2. Victoria Siemer: @witchoria

Victoria Siemer

3. Sarah Palmer: @heysp

Sarah Palmer

4. Theron Humphrey: @thiswildidea

Theron Humphrey

5. Annonymous: @sejkko

Sejkko

6. Will Burrard-Lucas: @willbl

Will Burrard-Lucas

7. Dirk Bakker: @Macenzo

Dirk Bakker

Check out our photography collection on thortful here.

If you have stunning images you would like to share with the world in the form of a greeting card, we’d love to see them in our catalogue. Size them perfectly using our downloadable template and guides and upload away!

6 Ways To Capture A Stunning Photograph

Is your camera just gathering dust because you don’t really know ‘where to start’ when it comes to taking a brilliant photograph?

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We spoke to Dave Peck, who knows how to take a fantastic photograph or two, and he shared his six top tips for achieving a magical picture.

Here’s what he had to say:

As a landscape/seascape photographer who has featured on the site, thortful asked me to compile a ‘6 top tips’ to help you capture that perfect scene. I am aiming this at beginners and those of you who want to quickly improve their imagery. Here we go then…

1. Use ‘A’ or ‘Aperture Priority’

Most landscapes should feature interest from the foreground to the background and usually you want all of those features sharply in focus. The Aperture of your camera’s lens controls how much is in focus and you ideally need this to be as small as possible. On a DSLR you should ideally aim for an f-stop of f16 upwards. If you focus on a point in the mid ground, this should make sure everything is acceptably sharp. Of course, rules are there to be broken, so do not be afraid to experiment! The best way to learn about ‘Depth of Field’, which is the term photographers use to describe this, is to photograph a fence or wall at an angle of around 45 degrees and change the aperture for each shot. Then look at the results. Portraits, conversely benefit from using a wider aperture to throw the background out of focus

2. Use a tripod

One of the downsides of using a small f-stop will be a slower shutter speed. This can result in blurred photographs. There is little point in having everything in focus if the whole photograph is blurred. My photograph of Bamburgh Castle was taken an hour before sunrise and needed an exposure of one-minute to properly expose it. Therefore, use a tripod or other support to help. There are cheap tripods for sale from many online auction sites that, although they may not last forever, will help you experiment with your photography. If you cannot afford one, or do not want to buy a tripod, look for somewhere to balance the camera. For a long time I have carried a small beanbag in my camera bag to put onto rocks, posts or the floor, which enabled me to get that shot that would otherwise be ruined through camera shake. You can also use jumpers, coats etc. or just put your camera down on anything solid and then use some imagery software to crop your photograph to make it straight.
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3. Hold your breath as you squeeze the shutter button

The most common mistake beginners make is pressing the shutter button too hard when taking an image. If your camera is on a tripod this should not really apply, although I have seen it happen! With the camera on a tripod use a ‘cable release’ or use the ‘self-timer’ setting on your camera to allow camera shake to disappear before the shutter fires. If you are shooting without a tripod, briefly hold your breath as you gently squeeze the shutter to make sure everything you think you are capturing remains in shot. The familiar portraits with the top of peoples heads missing is usually caused by an over excited shutter button press. Gently does it.

4. Shoot from higher for lower viewpoints

We are used to viewing the world from the height at which we stand. To give your images more impact think about climbing higher if possible or, get down on your knees. Sometimes a good image can be turned into a brilliant image just by shooting from an unusual angle.
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5. Composition

Landscape photographers usually pay some regards to the ‘rule of thirds’ in their compositions. This rule involves dividing the frame of your image into equal thirds and, where the horizontal and vertical lines intersect (at four points), using one to place your main point of interest in the photograph. This could be someone’s face in a portrait, a castle in a landscape or a motorbike or car in a sports shot. Usually, with action images you would give more space in front of the subject for it to move into. Following the rule of thirds also means keeping your horizons either a third of the way down from the top of the frame or a third of the way up from the bottom if you want to include a dramatic sky. Using this simple compositional tip will improve your photographs straight away.

6. Look at photographs

If you love photography then this seems obvious, but I have learnt almost all that I have learned in my 35-year career by looking at loads of images, some I liked, some I didn’t and working out why they had this affect on me. The next stage is to try and work out how it was achieved and try and recreate it with your own twist. It may be a particular lighting technique takes your eye, or a particular way of composing an image, but either way look at good images with a quizzical eye to improve.

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Interview with Paul Hamilton

Interview with Paul Hamilton

Who inspires you?

I could quite easily say many of the world’s famous photographers but I am more inspired by my Wife, Children and Family, because they are around me on a daily basis and have to put up with my endless photography process, they are my true inspiration.

Do you remember your first photo?

Yes I do, I was fourteen years old and it was a photograph of a fishing village n Portugal’s Algarve region of Albufeira taken with a compact camera during a family holiday. On returning people commented and asked where was the postcard from, I replied it’s actually one of my holiday photographs. Read more

Street Photography with Cris Rose

Street Photography with Cris Rose
According to Elliott Erwitt, “photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place” and this certainly applies to the art of street photography.

Today we are featuring the black and white street photography of Cris Rose, a freelance photographer and artist based in London who never misses an opportunity to observe people and take another shot. Read more

Food photography by Jessica Leibowitz

Food photography by Jessica Leibowitz

Food is always a favourite topic of discussion at Thortful HQ and we love discovering new tastes all over the world. Food photography may turn out very impressive, especially when you feel like you’re ready to actually enjoy the depicted food.

Jessica Leibowitz is a freelance photographer & videographer living, working and eating throughout New York, Boston, and beyond, with her food photography being vivid and realistic. Read more

Animal photography by Stefane Berube

Animal photography by Stefane BerubeAnimal photography by Stefane Berube

Animal photography may turn out really impressive, especially when a photo is so realistic that you feel close to each animal. There are many types of photography that may take your breath away, but animal photography is certainly unique. According to Martin Buber,

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

and that’s exactly how we felt with the photography of Stefane Berube.

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The beauty of autumn with @neivy

neivy-thortful3 neivy-thortfulNothing better on a rainy Wednesday than enjoying great photography, especially when it lifts your spirits about the wonderful autumn season and the colours it offers.

According to Stanley Horowitz, ‘winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.’

Today we are featuring the work of Janeivy Hilario, or else @neivy, the photographer that perfectly captures the beauty of autumn on his Instagram account. Read more

Architecture Photography with @fp_nacchia

#ThortfulPhotography with @fp_nacchia
#ThortfulPhotography with @fp_nacchia

Photography may be admired in so many different ways and today we decided to focus on the art of architecture and how impressive it may be.

According to Julia Morgan, “architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.”

Francesco Nacchia, or else @fp_nacchia, knows how to capture the unique perspective of a building, in a way that you can’t help but be amazed. Read more

#ThortfulPhotography with Eduardo Cavasotti

Thortful Photography with Eduardo Cavasotti Thortful Photography with Eduardo Cavasotti

According to Paul Strand, “your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees” and that’s an interesting quote to consider when admiring a photographer’s work.

Eduardo Cavasotti is a Brazilian freelance photographer living in New York, capturing the city in his own unique way, while he’s also fascinated by still life photography and people’s portraits. Read more