17 Talented Macro Photographers to Follow on Instagram


With more than 5.2 million images at press time that are hash-tagged “#macro” on Instagram, finding great macro photos on the popular social media photo-sharing app is not difficult. However, putting together a list of top macro photographers from Instagram is a challenge with so much macro talent out in the world.

Here is a list of 17 folks that we discovered on Instagram, putting out a solid body of macro work on their Instagram feeds, with a vast majority, if not all, of their images being dedicated to the art. There are many great macro photos on Instagram, but usually the close-up photography is sprinkled into more random image collections. Also, the #macro hashtag oft gets applied to exercise photos (macro muscles?) and starscapes (distance is relative), so that made the search a bit easier. There are a lot of nail polish, selfies, and cat photos with the #macro label, too.

So, enjoy our alphabetized list and be sure to share your favorite macro shooters, or your own work, in the comments section, below. I apologize if we missed some gems, but hopefully you all can help us expand the list and get more exposure for some talented macro photographers out there!


Dr. Bill Chu  www.instagram.com/imjustabill

Chu is a pediatrician living in Houston, Texas. Instagram inspired him to get started in photography and he now specializes in macro shots of butterflies. He enjoyed shooting them so much that he planted a butterfly garden at his home and started raising them!


Vincent DiVenere  www.instagram.com/_cloudpounder_

DiVenere is a full-time tattooist and is into all forms of art. His macro photos are of coils used for vaping and show wire gauges up to 48 AWG, which is half the thickness of a human hair. The color on the nichrome 80 wire comes from heat tempering.


Gerald Donovan  www.instagram.com/watchdxb

Donovan has had a keen interest in watches and photography since before he started schooling. But, it took him 45 years before he figured out to combine the two! Originally from the UK, he lives in Dubai and focuses on making very large, high-res prints of his watch photography.






Fatima Al Musawi  

Al Musawi is a 16-year old girl living in Iraq who has been in love with photography since she was 11. Her dream is to become a professional photographer and she hopes she will one day be one of the best in the world.


Sarah Goff  www.instagram.com/sarah_jane_paul

Goff lives in Georgia with her husband and two kids. She loves taking photos and finding beauty in things that normally wouldn’t be considered beautiful.


Ana Krichashvili  

Krichashvili studied theater and film at the Georgian State University and now lives in France, where she attends the European School of the Arts of Bretagne (EESAB) where she studies painting, photography, sculpture, and video. She enjoys using light and transparent subjects.


Jan Martin Olsen  www.instagram.com/olsenmarine

Olsen lives in southern Norway and is the CEO of a marine electronics company. He is always looking for eye-catching textures and beauty in the marine environment.


Gareth Owen 

Owen is a driving instructor from Bodelwyddan, in North Wales, UK. He takes his macro photos in his back garden.


Winni Føhn Pedersen  

Pederson is finishing office school, in Vejle, Denmark, and hopes to go to school for photography and acquire more macro photo gear.


Patrick Scott, Ph.D.  www.instagram.com/_cpscott_

Scott is an observer of the unobserved details of decay. His photographs magnify the minute facets of urban decomposition wherever it may be found. He lives and works in Springfield, Missouri, where he is a college economics professor.


Alan Shapiro  www.instagram.com/alanshapiro515

Shapiro, former Chief Creative Officer at the world’s largest advertising agency network, found photography to be a break from the daily grind. He now teaches photography and is published internationally.


Bella Stokoe  www.instagram.com/lifethroughaloupe

Stokoe is an artist goldsmith in the heart of the historic Jewelry Quarter, in Birmingham, England. She started capturing the endless detail that she sees through her jeweler’s loupe and now she carries one wherever she goes.


Fredrik Tegner  www.instagram.com/tegnerphotography

Tegner lives in Sweden and is a biologist and nature photographer who spends hours crawling and chasing jumping spiders across his lawn to get great shots. He enjoys capturing the myriad life that you cannot otherwise see with the naked eye.


Karla Thompson  www.instagram.com/karlathompson

Thompson is a macro photographer who promotes the much-maligned arthropod. Her goal is to start a conservation movement to protect the planet's tiniest and most misunderstood wildlife. She highlights the beauty and uniqueness of insects and arachnids in order to dispel some of the fear and misconceptions surrounding these extraordinary creatures.


Can Tunçer  www.instagram.com/can__tuncer/

Tunçer is a freelance journalist and amateur photographer from İzmir, Turkey, who has been doing macro work for six years.


Noel Upfield  www.instagram.com/limekeyman

Upfield is a graphic designer specialized in print and web design. He lives outside of Toronto, Canada.


Zaher Ziadeh  www.instagram.com/zaher.ziadeh

Ziadeh is originally from Syria, but now lives in Mulhouse, France, where he used to work at the Peugeot Motor Company. He is new to photography and enjoys macro work and still life.

Group Macro Images

There are several consortiums of macro shooters on Instagram. Keep an eye out for them. Here are two to check out in the mean time.


Memory Coco  www.instagram.com/memoryco.co


Memory Coco is a group of visual artists and musicians living in San Francisco who enjoy a wide range of photography, but showcase a lot of macro work. One group member, Jana Styblova, says her project is an “Ongoing experiment utilizing acrylic, surfactants, and chemicals to form ephemeral paintings in small containers. Macro-photographs celebrate the small universes created in unexpected places, while exploring the dissociation of the artist and the final creation: they are not my paintings, simply, I am documenting chemistry."


Zeiss Microscopy  www.instagram.com/zeiss_microscopy

For extreme macro photography, check out Zeiss’s microscopy Instagram account and #microscopy.


Hi Todd,

This is very interesting article! Those photographer are really very talented. Macro photography is my most favourite topic, I love using reverse lens technique. Please check my instagram page and give your feedback


Thank you, nabiha!

Great shots on your page! Thanks for sharing!



Hi Todd,

Fantastic article! You’ve chosen some talented individuals! 

Feel free to check out my Instagram page, I have a very strong passion for macro photography: 


I have about 11 years of Macro photography experience, and I’m still always learning! 

Hey Jen! I already follow you on IG! Do you follow me?

Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Todd..

I just go through this amazing article of yours. Each one have great gallery and couple of them are my virtual friend.. :) It will be an honor for me if you spend some of your precious time at my gallery https://www.instagram.com/goonprateek/. Your comments and advice will be highly appreciated! :D See you soon!

Very nice list of macro photographers. Each of them have a very interesting gallery. Thank you for publishing it. You are also invited to see my mature and macro photography page https://www.instagram.com/ariane.gold/ . Comments of all types are welcome

Hi Ariane,

Great feed! I just followed you! Very nice!

Macro is my favorite type of photography to shoot. Please feel free to check out my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/mysticfairybugs/

I’ve been shooting both film and digital photography for over 20 years.  I enjoy macro the most because it lets the viewer see things that are not visible with the naked eye. My favorite subjects to shoot are bugs. 

Hi Michelle! Great shots! Follow back? :)

you can check my page at instagram.com/rivospijk for macro photography

Thanks for sharing great photos from great photographers.  Very inspiring. 



Thanks for reading, Ann! I am glad you are inspired!

You are welcome, Ana! Thank you for making great art!

Thanks for the info about so many talented macro artists. There are many macro hubs on Instagram that showcase the work of talented macro photographers, some of the people mentioned in this article have been featured on them. Macro is fascinating and there are many different kinds from nature to science to everyday objects. My field of interest is flowers and insects, I can be found on Instagram  at hollyave22 

Following you now, Holly! Great stuff! Sorry we missed you on this list!

Follow me back and give me lots of likes! Ha!

Wow! I'm still stunned that I was included with these amazing artists! Thank you! 

Its well deserved, Sarah! Thanks for making great art!

Thank you, Todd!  I'm so honored to be among the macro photographers in this feature, and extra lucky that my name is first in the alphabet :) LOL!!!  I also really appreciate that you featured macro photographers with lots of different subjects and styles!

Once, in grade school, we lined up in reverse alphabetical order. I was near the front!

Yes, I definitely tried to get a good variety of shooters. Thanks for making excellent art, Doctor!

Bill, my friend, congrats. You always do such fabulous work. Glad to follow you on IG.

Todd, great choices -- all. You've compiled an excellent list of macro photographers. Keep up the great work.

I am proud to be featured amongst such talented photographers.

Thank you B&H!


Thanks for taking excellent photos, Karla!

Congrats, Karla!  So happy to see you here!!

Congrats to you Bill. Pleased to be considered along side you!!

Thank you, Todd and B&H for supporting my passion and always being there to share your knowledge. You guys make us all better.

Also huge congrats to my fellow macro shooters here and everywhere who find beauty and fascination in the tiniest of things. 

Thank you, Alan! It is a pleasure to highlight your fine work!

Readers, if you need more macro (and who doesnt?)...I reached out to the following Instagrammers and macro groups, but never heard back from them. Enjoy their feeds as well:
















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