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Photo by @nicholas_skylar

20 local Instagram photographers you should be following

May is National Photo Month. Recognized by Congress in 1987, organizations like the American Photography Association celebrate the skilled image takers + makers who provide snapshots of life around us.

Luckily, we have a long roll of local talent to admire (not to mention a beautiful city to capture). Plus with the ever-popular Instagram, we now have an easy + convenient way to show our loveโ€“ by double-tapping on their accounts.

In recognition of NPM, check out some of our regional Instagram favorites that we canโ€™t shutter up about + be sure to give them a follow.

๐Ÿ“ธ @chucktownart (LeeAnn Neumann) // Avid artist + photographer of nature + people


๐Ÿ“ธ @loudhandleproductions (Frank Messuri) // Charleston-based landscape, real estate, + aerial photographer


๐Ÿ“ธ @livehighvibe (Ben + Schanen Smith) // Videographers chasing adventure, food, + experiences


๐Ÿ“ธ @hue_and_eye_photography (Doug Hickok) // Commercial, destination, + landscapes


๐Ÿ“ธ @nicholas_skylar (Nicholas Skylar) // Lowcountry landscapes


๐Ÿ“ธ @follyhood (Justin Morris) // Surf, water, + light captures


๐Ÿ“ธ @joshuadrakephoto (Joshua Drake) // Aerial, industrial, + landscapes


๐Ÿ“ธ @barnfly (John Barnhardt) // Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer


๐Ÿ“ธ @vincentjmusi (Vincent J Musi) // Animal photographer for National Geographic + The Unleashed Studio


๐Ÿ“ธ @gosia_in_wonderland // Beauty chaser


Just so we hit the full spectrum, make sure to explore this extra montage of camera-savvy locals:

๐Ÿ“ธ @holy_city_lights // Colorful photography of historic Charleston

๐Ÿ“ธ @judyondewees // Dewees Island nature lover

๐Ÿ“ธ @station28.5 // Aerial drone images of Sullivanโ€™s Island + the Lowcountry

๐Ÿ“ธ @abcdefghijulie // Sunsets, landscapes, + beach photography

๐Ÿ“ธ @kimgrahamphoto // People, places, + happiness

๐Ÿ“ธ @thecuratedsouth // Travel + nostalgia

๐Ÿ“ธ @anerisphotos // Lifestyle, brand, + wedding photography

๐Ÿ“ธ @abbymurphyphoto // Lifestyle photography

๐Ÿ“ธ @vanessakauffman // Charleston aerials

๐Ÿ“ธ @jtaylorphotos // Pet photography

๐Ÿ“ธย @charlestoNspired //ย Local drone photography

๐Ÿ“ธย @thecharlestonlens // Charleston homes + gardens

๐Ÿ“ธย @ellis_creek_photography // Architectural photography

๐Ÿ“ธย @justinclarkphoto // Architectural photography

And for those of us who want to be more like these photo stars, here are a few tips + tricks to take your Insta snaps to the next level:

  1. Try a filter to make give your image a distinctive look. Instagram alone hosts a wide variety of filters, but photo editing apps like VSCO, Snapseed, + Lightroom also offer their own tools to stand out in the scroll.
  2. Good lighting is everything. Utilize โ€œgolden hour,โ€ which is the one-hour window after sunrise + before sunset.
  3. Practice the rule of thirds. The easy way?โ€“ Turn on the โ€œgridโ€ feature in your camera settings to quickly + conveniently line up your photos.

Iโ€™ll admitโ€“ my Instagram photo skills have dramatically improved over the last year, thanks to a lot of experimentation, tips from camera gurus, + of course VSCO filters.

Gone are my days of over-contrasting + over-saturating. Still, I donโ€™t pretend to be as qualified as our featured experts.

Who are some of the camera wizards you love to follow? Or are you the one we need to see to believe? Drop us a note + let us know.

โ€“ April, Digital Media Intern