Tired of all your friends’ low-light, blurry and grainy Instagram party pictures mucking up your feed? Even though everyone thinks they’re a skilled photographer now thanks to the aid of easy-to-use image filters, the professionals still own the best shots by far. Sure, we know that everything they post isn’t shot on their phones, so don’t stress if you can’t duplicate the perfection.
Here are nine festival and nightlife photographers to follow on Instagram for a sharper perspective on the scene.
GTA is playing 3 nights at the Brooklyn Bazaar starting TONIGHT! Don't miss out on this 3-day dance extravaganza & get your tickets through the link in bio 🔊⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ [Photo taken April 8, 2016 at Webster Hall] @wearegta @brooklynbazaar #GTA #BrooklynBazaar #Brooklyn #GirlsNBoysNYC #WebsterHall #NickyDigital #NYC #EDM #trap #hiphop #house #3nights #concert #livemusicNYC #ticketfly #party #rave
Running around the City That Never Sleeps, Nicky Digital has his lens focused on NYC. Just look for the ‘stache generally spotted in the Brooklyn area. Oh, and pizza—lots of pizza shots.
Growing up in NorCal, where he first honed his skills behind the camera, Skyler Greene continued to study in Berlin and now calls Los Angeles home. Though he’s got plenty of nightlife-related photos, it’s his travel and scenery images that will take your breath away even more.
Also known as Get Tiny, Juliana Bernstein was raised in NYC and now lives in L.A. Her résumé includes Desert Hearts, Lucidity Festival, and countless concerts and events. Her high-contrast and saturation techniques make for vivid interpretations of everything from festivals to forests.
Immigrating to the US from the Soviet Union in 1992, Misha Vladimirskiy initially studied biology, but he found that spending his life behind a desk wasn’t for him. Fortunately for us, he switched to photography. Since then, his work has graced the pages of Spin, NME, 7×7 Magazine and FHM. He’s spent more than 15 years in the San Francisco art scene but travels the world capturing images of musicians, events, celebrities, fashion and more.
Another photographer who’s recently been tapped for Instagram tips is Caesar Sebastian. Besides helping Billboard magazine with tips on getting more likes on your account, he also works as Steve Aoki’s tour photographer.
Las Vegas–based photographer Danny Mahoney first caught major attention as the longtime photographer for XS nightclub. He’s photographed everyone from deadmau5 to Dillon Francis and David Guetta, and he’s now touring with Jack Ü.
Krystal Spencer is a multitalented voice in both photography and scene commentary. She studied photography at the College of New Jersey and now calls Philadelphia home when she’s not at the coolest parties on the East Coast. Just try not to be jealous of her DJ selfie collection.
Demian Becerra (The Holy Mountain)
You may recognize shots from Demian Becerra thanks to his work with Insomniac. Originally from Los Angeles, he now lives in San Francisco, where he studied photography at the Academy of Art University. His Instagram photos have a vintage, retro feel, but he can be a chameleon depending on the subject.
The Night Day
More than 10 years after my first nightlife photo and the creation of one of my oldest and most personal project, The Night Day, i'm proud to present my very first book, a 200 pages compilation of all those years, in collaboration with Drago and introduced by Frédéric Taddeï. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hardcover, 200 pages, 139 photos, 25x18x3cm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can now pre-order your signed copy online, with some exclusive items on thenightday.com/shop ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For Paris friends, the release event is on the 17 november, with a signature cocktail at LAPAIX, where you will be able to buy the signed book. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thenightday #keffer #nightlife #paris #drago #book #blackandwhite #photography #frederictaddei #drapierstudio
Not all nightlife needs to be colorful lasers and lights. Jour de Nuit, aka the Night Day (“directed by Keffer”), is a Parisian representation of everything from underground parties to high-profile events, solely in black and white.