Good artists copy and great artists steal. In the world of digital images where everything can be traced back to the original poster, that statement may no longer be true.
Looking for photography inspiration can prove to be difficult with accusations of copying other photographers styles and editing techniques. To help, we’ve narrowed down the whole of Instagram - that’s 800 million unique monthly users - to our five favorite posters to help you with image inspiration, without the copycat name badge.
Aaron Brimhall (@aaronbhall)
King of cool and all things alpha, Aaron Brimhall covers a large range of fast cars, motorcycles and adventure with his distinctive photography and editing choices. With 185k followers at the time of writing, it’s no secret that this Instagram marvel is making waves with the space by creating content that tells a story.
Ben Brown (@mrbenbrown)
Ben Brown rose to internet stardom with his YouTube channel of the same name of the Instagram handle (@mrbenbrown). His feed features mostly travel based photography with posts reflecting his adventurous lifestyle and new areas that users discover at the same time as he does. With 710k followers at the time of writing, his Instagram touches many and goes hand in hand with the YouTube channel ran by the director/photographer.
Mikkel Christiansen (@mio)
Music producer Mikkel Christiansen is another Instagram star boasting a respectable 86k followers using the social media platform to showcase both his lifestyle and photography skills. Another one for car lovers, Mio often features his insane collection vehicles, most recently featuring a custom Shelby AC Cobra.
As if Brandon Woelfel actually requires an introduction, the largest featured Instagram account boasts a huge 2.2m followers at the time of writing. Adopting a neon pink and blue style, often with female models, the Instagram account is one that every photography interested user should be following. Blending Lightroom and Photoshop together with clever light play with prisms and reflection, Woelfel not only creates great visual pieces, but incredibly smart photography generating creative masterpieces.
Fraser Tiong (@lifewithfraser)
The smallest of our featured users, Fraser Tiong delivers posts to his 12.4k following featuring heavily landscape based images, often in blocks of the most recent place visited. The distinctive style shows a moody play with images, highlighting a raw look and gorgeous images of coastlines, cityscapes and rural countryside. Worth a follow, if nothing else, to watch the young photographer develop a large Instagram following in the near future.