Best gear for Instagram photographers 2018

Ever since Instagram slammed the 300 million user-base, the photography community experienced a tremendous amount of response from all over the world. Seriously, even the non-photographer dudes and dudettes are pulled into the world of drool-worthy visuals day in; day out. However, despite an attractive layout and a thriving community, only the best of the best photographers make it big at Instagram.

The rest of the folks either hop from one filter to another or die trying. The key to Instagram success starts with truly awesome photos. You can’t depend on the convenience of your smartphone if you wish to achieve the buttery smooth bokeh effects and vice versa. But then again, smartphones’ technology has evolved too – and if you have sufficient budget, you don’t have to invest in a high-end DSLR for that matter. Anyhow, look below at the appended gear. Some of these items are a must-have for Instagram photographers.


  • Smartphone Vs. DLSR

Yeah, that’s a debatable issue. If you have $2,000 or so, I’d rather see you investing in a Nikon DSLR camera or a high-end Canon camera. While it is absolutely true that you can take breathtaking images from a smartphone, their results don’t come anywhere close to what a decent DSLR camera is capable of.

Before I actually recommend a DSLR camera, I’d like to propose the idea of buying an iPhone X, a Google Pixel 2 or Samsung Note 8. Of all the three smartphones, Note 8 is superior because of dual backside cameras. They grant fast shutter speed; you can literally film helicopter wings in slow motion if you are up for it.

Likewise same goes for food shots; you only need to install third-party apps from the Android Play Store, or Apple iTunes store. In addition, you can also download and install default Food, Sports and many other virtual camera profiles for your Samsung mobile to help enhance the visuals.

But if you wish to take it to the next level at Instagram, a DSLR camera is your best bet. For instance, right now Nikon is selling the D750 to the tune of $1,800 or so. The camera is affordable as compared to Canon Mark series. It has a lightweight nimble profile alongside a sturdy grip and fantastic overall dynamic range.

Nikon D750 is perfect for nighttime/ low light photography. The attention to detail factor on low light images is pretty impressive. You can also do some video shooting and with this model of Nikon camera. However, as long as still shots are concerned, this little puppy can be relied upon for an overnight Instagram success factor.

  • GoPro Hero Cams


GoPro is every Vlogger’s wet dream these days. Especially if you are the type of Instagrammer who’s into moving gif shots, daredevil imagery, travel, and tourism etc. GoPro is going to help you out a lot. While you are at it, don’t create long videos, or videos without sound. Although GoPro cameras have a good audio reception and noise cancellation profile, you can “blur” out unwanted sounds by adding a music overlay.

Now the interesting thing about GoPro is that it is an age-old company. They have also released numerous bundle deals to help maximize the affordability factor for all kinds of Instagram users. It means that you get to capture unique perspectives and moments when it is not possible to rely on the comfort of a smartphone or a DSLR camera.

  • iPhone Camera Stabilizer


Of course, what better is Instagram Vlogging when your videos are not stable? You will eventually need to set your camera on a support or something portable. Instead of opting for a Tripod, go for DJI Osmo Mobile. It is super cheap, and substitutes for high-end stabilizers. 

Another good thing about Osmo is that it comes with an easy and fast set up. You can literally pull it out of the box, charge it up and get shooting. Simplicity is the key when trying to create content on a consistent basis. Quick, fast, and universal products make being a creator in 2018 a must. 

  • Memory Cards, SSDs and Portable USBs


SanDisk is one of the best brands in portable storage media industry. Their memory cards come in various storage class categories, which also affects the read/write speeds. However, if you don’t have a technical know-how of storage media, go for something that has the maximum number of positive reviews at various online retailer websites.

Just in case you’re wondering why you need memory cards or general category storage media for Instagram, here’s the thing; professional Instagram photography consumes a lot of storage space. Also, you are not supposed to settle for a handful of images. If you are shooting like a pro, you will end up with a clutter of images by the end of the day. Therefore, you’re going to need extra storage space to save and organize your images easily.

Anything Else That I Need to Buy Before Using Instagram As a Photographer?

Nope, not that I can think of right now, but you will need to be persistent with keeping up with Instagram trends. Beyond those visuals and image blocks, you are looking at a massive community that only responds to various calculated strategies and regular updates.

To find out more about how to become an Instagram success as a photographer, please check out the rest of the posts at our website. Don’t forget to share your experiences in the comments section below.