“Pics That Go Hard”: 30 Of The Best Posts From This IG Page (New Pics)


It’s always enjoyable to view an internet compilation of photos selected for laughs and entertainment. The Hard Images Instagram page is one instance of this.

The account has 2.1 million followers as of this writing, and its photos are described as “going hard.” For those who are unaware, it’s a colloquial expression for a picture that appears intriguing and cool enough to provoke strong feelings.

You be the judge as you scroll down; of course, everyone’s definition is different.



It’s not necessary to be an expert photographer to take attention-grabbing pictures. However, San Diego-based photographer Stephen Bay has provided an introduction if you’re interested in knowing the guidelines.

First, distinctiveness. According to Bay, he’s developed the practice of identifying a unique element in a picture that nobody else has noticed.

“If the landmark I’m painting is a well-known landmark, I question myself, have I seen this composition before? What about my photo will change if the response is yes? What distinguishes my message from everyone else’s? I won’t take the photo if I can’t respond to that.








According to Bay, composition refers to how a photographer mixes the scene’s visual components. One of those essential components is the center focal point, which is the region that naturally attracts the eye and requires the greatest attention. Here’s Bay explaining how he chooses his main point of focus:

“I consider how the scene’s light and shadows could guide the viewer’s attention between key focal points. I consider how an object’s geometry—or, in the case of a landscape, the terrain—may direct the viewer’s attention throughout the composition.







As is well known, lighting has an impact on a picture’s mood. And if you would typically experiment with this when shooting photos, Bay offers the following advice:

Cloudy lighting is frequently ideal for subdued settings with a solemn atmosphere. Additionally, it’s a great light for highlighting texture and details. Had the picture below been taken during golden hour, the emotional impact would have been completely different.



Bay suggests capturing landscape photographs during the “magic hour” if that’s your preference. This is when the sky becomes brilliant and golden during daybreak or dusk.

“This light produces warm, saturated colors, vibrant skies, and subtle shadows that help define subjects.”





As seasoned photographer Ivan Martinez puts it, taking pictures “shows the world through your eyes.” Additionally, he asserts that discovering inspiration entails “developing your own view of the world” as opposed to merely following formal guidelines.

“Some photographers manage to produce excellent work despite not adhering to the “unwritten laws” of photography—all thanks to the captivating perspective they convey in their images.”














One of such technical rules is the rule of thirds. In summary, it positions the topic in the left or right third of the frame, leaving the other two thirds unoccupied. Although it’s a useful notion, there are some fascinating outcomes when the rule of thirds is broken. Derek Boyd, a photographer, offers one instance.

“Breaking the rule of thirds and placing your subject almost dead center can sometimes be the best way to highlight them if they will be a really small part of the image.”



Note: there were originally 37 photos in this post. The top 30 photos have been reduced in size based on user voting.

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Aria Skylark


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