Shortly after picking up my first camera that allowed manual setting I became interested in photographing the night sky. If you are like me and live in the Lower Mainland, some of the best night sky viewing is in our Provincial Parks. You don’t even have to travel too far out of the city to get some amazing pictures. Porteau Cove near Squamish is a great location where many photographers go to take pictures of the stars.
How to Use a Hashtag
You can add hashtags in the caption or comments of your post. If you add hashtags to a post that’s set to public, the post will be visible on the corresponding hashtag page.
To tag a photo or video with a hashtag:
Take or upload a photo or video. Choose to add a filter, then type # followed by text or emoji in the Caption field (ex: #nightphotography)
If you want to add a hashtag to a post you’ve already uploaded, edit the caption or include your hashtag in a comment on your photo.
After you tag your post with a hashtag, you’ll be able to tap the hashtag to see a page that shows all photos and videos people have uploaded with that hashtag.
Using a hashtag is also a great way to help others find new locations to capture the night sky.
Things to keep in mind:
When people with private profiles tag posts, they won’t appear publicly on hashtag pages.
Numbers are allowed in hashtags. However, spaces and special characters, like $ or %, won’t work.
You can only tag your own posts. You can’t tag other people’s photos/videos.
You can use up to 30 tags on a post. If you include more than 30 tags on a single photo/video, your comment won’t post.
Best Night Photography Hashtags for Instagram
Here’s some of the best Night Photography hashtags and tips I’ve found to use on Instagram and help you get started with sharing your photos. If you have any favourite hashtags you use while on taking night shots let me know in the comments.
Keep in mind you can only use a maximum of 30 hashtags in your Instagram posts.
Hashtag & Tag Your Location
Your followers will definitely want to know where you are! For example, last Christmas when I was at Porteau Cove Provincial Park I used the #porteaucove hashtag & tagged the location so my Instagram posts to let everyone know where I was.
Before you head out for the night do some research on Instagram of the location you are going to and find out if there is any specific hashtags to use.
How to add a location before sharing your photo or video
After you upload or take a photo or video and add any effects or filters you want, you can add your location.
To add your location:
1. Tap Add Location
2. Find your location in the suggestions or search for the location and select it
3. Tap Share
You can also add or edit the location of a photo or video you’ve already posted.
Camera & Lens Hashtags
I especially find it useful to share gear related hashtags on my night photography pictures. For example I use a Sony a6000 for shooting pictures so may include the following in my posts: #sony #sonya6000 #sonymirrorless #sonyalpha
Be sure to also hashtag the lens you use to help others see pictures from lenses they may be thinking about purchasing. Eg. #sigma #sigma16mm etc.
I recommend taking along a headlamp flashlight so you can make adjustments in the dark. Even if you are a pro with your camera settings a little light goes a long way trying to find some of the buttons!
You may also want to pack a couple of extra batteries for your camera along just in case.