Twitter Users, Hashtag Your Photography Tweets

Twitter Users, Hashtag Your Photography Tweets

The following post is from Australian photographer Neil Creek who is part of the Fine Art Photoblog, and his own blog as a resource for the passionate photographer.

If you’re a photographer and you’re not using Twitter yet, you’re missing out. Twitter has been written about here before (20 Photography Tips from Our Twitter Followers), and DPS has its own Twitter account @digitalps. There are many seriously talented and very sociable photographers there who love to talk about their craft and hear what others have to say. You can find me on twitter @neilcreek.


Hashtags are a recent innovation that when combined with the Twitter search function, allow you to “tag” your tweet for others to easily find it and all others on the same topic. This was recently dramatically demonstrated during the Mumbai attacks when twitters used the #mumbai hashtag to collate discussion on the incident. You can read more about hashtags at Twitip (a blog dedicated to Twitter Tips by Darren Rowse, the editor of DPS).

The true strength of hashtags is demonstrated when a large number of people all use the same tag on all of their relevant tweets. This way one can keep up with discussion on their topic of interest, without needing to follow everyone involved. At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any coordinated use of photography related hashtags. I would like to propose a set of hashtags for photographers to use when tweeting, to help us connect with each other and build stronger relationships.

Hashtags for Photographers

#photog – This hashtag can be used for any general photography discussion. #photography is too long for the 140 Twitter limit.

#photogs – Discussion of particular photographers can be hashtagged in this way.

#photo – Already seeing a fair bit of use, this hashtag can be used when linking to a photo in your tweet.

#camera – Discussion of camera gear and equipment of all kinds can be identified with this hashtag.

I’m going to start using these hashtags in my tweets whenever I can, and I hope you will as well. I look forward to connecting and engaging with many other photographers very soon!

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Neil Creek is a professional photographer from Melbourne, Australia. He has been shooting with a DSLR since 2004, and blogging about his experiences since 2006. Neil has authored five ebooks and a video training course, all designed to help others improve their photography. View Neil's folio at his home page. Learn about his publications here.

Some Older Comments

  • Nada Harfoush March 5, 2012 09:15 pm

    Hope this works!


  • Jim Crotty October 22, 2010 09:10 pm

    Very helpful article Neill. Thank you for sharing. @jimcrotty

  • Mandy May 14, 2009 10:17 pm

    Found it at last!

    I remembered reading this article that you wrote Neil, and I've looked for it on your blog because I couldn't remember the tags!

    Didn't think of looking here...

    Thanks for the tags I'll start using them (now I've wrote them down!)


  • Brian March 7, 2009 01:47 pm

    Twitter is definitely useful tool to communicate with people randomly and quickly. I have added hashtags for my cat Chacha. #chacha at twitter

  • scott webb January 19, 2009 12:48 pm

    I started using the #photog hastag a bit ago and it's pretty cool. Been seeing some good stuff on it so far.
    great to see what other people are doing!!!


  • Denise - Abstracts of Nature January 10, 2009 10:22 am

    What a great idea. I found this blog following someone else's Twitter - now I'll try posting using the hashtags and see what happens. Hope to meet up with a few of you.

  • ROB January 9, 2009 10:27 am

    Great tip, I have found interesting tweets using it in the 2 mins since I read it.

  • Rikki - January 9, 2009 03:34 am

    I'm always on the go, I use twitter to connect with my friends mostly in San Francisco, but whether it will work for your intentions or not, I think it is an amazing social/networking tool. I've met some friends who are great photographers there.

    Travelfox on twitter

  • Miguel Peguero January 8, 2009 05:51 am

    hey thanks for the insight.
    just looking to connect with fellow photographers.

  • Claggy January 7, 2009 01:27 am

    I'm always so scared to click links on Twitter besides the ones my friends put up. Because it gives you a shortened renamed link... you have no idea where you're going. =( That's really the only reason I don't really use Hashtags. >_<

  • Pat January 5, 2009 08:19 pm

    Great article Neil.

    I've been using twitter for a while but had been wondering how to gain anything useful from it - this looks like the answer :-)

    PatB Photography - weddings

  • Brett January 4, 2009 04:04 pm

    Neil, Thanks for that additional suggestion loading all the hash codes into a a tweetdeck search. It is great to see more and more items pop up in that column.

  • Sam January 4, 2009 05:10 am

    I love the info this site gives and I am always looking for more pics to put on my blog but there are many ways where you can do this with out using Google image or any other image search site. One can take his own unique pics and use them on his/her site or blog. Thanks for all the tips

  • Neil Creek January 3, 2009 10:16 am

    I'm glad folks are liking the idea! Here's a tip for those of us using tweetdeck. Start a new column based on a search, then make the search text as follows:

    #photog OR #photogs OR #photo OR #camera

    Then the column will be updated with ANY tweets using those hashtags. You can easily keep up with all the new photography discussion this way. Already in the few hours since this post went live there's been some awesome tweets tagged this way that I never would have seen otherwise! Thanks to everyone who has adopted this idea!

  • Jim Goldstein January 3, 2009 09:39 am is another great resource to find other photographers on Twitter... among other specialties.

    There are tons of great photographers on Twitter and Twitter has proven to be a great resource to share knowledge, get updates to related events and well just shoot the breeze with other like minded photographers.

    Great post Neil!


  • Sime January 3, 2009 09:17 am

    Hash tags are great... sometimes... I like to add twittr folk that are really relevant to me, search sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.

    I like twitterectory's photographer section - you get to see what you're getting yourself into.

    Nice post, Neil...

    Sime ( @gtvone )

  • Debbie Schinker January 3, 2009 08:52 am

    Twitter has some nice uses, but hashtags take up lots of valuable tweet space. I really think there should be a way to aggregate info without using your 140 characters. Try Plurk, where the threaded discussions are easier to follow. I have been getting more out of Plurk than Twitter lately (dschink on both platforms if you care to follow!)

  • Brett January 3, 2009 01:22 am

    Thank you for posting this. I was planning to tweet Darren and ask him if he has some recommended photographers to follow on Twitter after just reading this post at his twitter blog. These tags should help me find some. I have now followed both @neilcreek and @ditigalps.

  • Rosh- New media photographer January 3, 2009 01:20 am

    I've been very involved in twitter. I know about hashtags, but I was not aware of the photography hashtags.

    Thanks for the info. Never under-estimate the power of Twitter. As it becomes more mainstream, it will become an important and standard part everyones information gathering.