It’s all about the perspective. Without photography to challenge, excite, and inspire us, the world would be a far sadder and darker place. It warms our hearts to know for a fact that the world is filled to the brim with photography enthusiasts—amateur and veteran alike. We wouldn’t be Bored Panda if we didn’t give beautiful and original photos their time in the spotlight now, would we?

That’s where the ‘I Took a Picture’ (ITAP) online group comes in. A community numbering over 4.1 million users, r/itookapicture is a subreddit that is dedicated to giving and getting feedback on original photography. The photos that these redditors post are ridiculously good, and we wanted to share some of the best ones with you today, dear Pandas. They’re powerful. They’re a bit unusual. And they are so beautiful, they might just inspire you to dust off your old camera (or wipe off your smartphone lens).

Scroll down to see the best of the best, upvote your fave pics, and be sure to write a friendly comment or two to let everyone know what exactly it was that you like about the photos.

Bored Panda got in touch with professional photographer Dominic Sberna, from the United States, for a chat about developing confidence in your skills, whether it's still possible to create original work, and how to deal with harsh criticism. The photographer pointed out that taking active steps in honing your craft, without overthinking, is a vital component of success. Your confidence in your work will grow alongside your skills.

#1

ITAP Of A Sunset And A Powerline Over 2 Hours

ITAP Of A Sunset And A Powerline Over 2 Hours

ayitsphotography Report

Lauren S
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For people asking how they did this, it says they took photos of this shot over 2 hours.m while the sun was setting. It looks like they then edited the photos all together taking pieces from each shot and fitting them in the spaces between the power lines. It’s interesting to see the spectrum of colors displayed over the course of a sunset. 🌅

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"Just get out and shoot. Simple as that," pro photographer Dominic urged amateurs to go out and be active. It's the perfect antidote to feeling shy or anxious about sharing your work with others. Your confidence will grow over time.

"You gotta get your feet wet somehow. If you're able to find someone who is experienced to mentor you, that could help too, but isn't as important as expressing yourself through your art," he said.

#2

ITAP Of My Son In Snow Light

ITAP Of My Son In Snow Light

Awiworld Report

#3

ITAP Of A Firework Behind An Old Tree

ITAP Of A Firework Behind An Old Tree

mtojay Report

The photographer feels like it's "absolutely" possible to create original works of art in this day and age. "If it's your work, it is original," he said.

Nonetheless, some photographers might feel that their shots aren't original 'enough.' It's perfectly valid to have these feelings. However, you shouldn't discount what you have to share with the world.

"Now, one may draw inspiration from many places, so long as you're not straight up plagiarizing something, you're all good," photographer Dominic told Bored Panda.

"Being one's unapologetic self, is about the most original thing can do in a world where everything is canned and packaged."

#5

ITAP Edinburgh Castle Surrounded By Fog

ITAP Edinburgh Castle Surrounded By Fog

adambulleyphoto Report

Amanda Rose
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I first saw this photo on the VisitScotland Facebook page and loved it instantly.

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#6

ITAP Of A Building Reflected On A Shattered Mirror On The Street

ITAP Of A Building Reflected On A Shattered Mirror On The Street

rgaya Report

As for dealing with someone criticizing your work, the pro photographer suggests that you take all comments with a grain of salt.

"Even if you don't like what is being said, remember every critic has their own thoughts and opinions. They might tear your work down for reasons entirely unrelated to your work and it's more a personal matter that they don't like," he explained.

"I've seen that happen before. So, if it's constructive, use that information to improve. If it's not constructive, don't worry about it."

#7

ITAP Of A Beautiful Tree Growing Inside Of An Abandoned Silo While I Was Exploring

ITAP Of A Beautiful Tree Growing Inside Of An Abandoned Silo While I Was Exploring

runswithjello Report

#8

ITAP Of My Kiddos And The Comet

ITAP Of My Kiddos And The Comet

msgeko Report

Nea
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The kids will cherish this 💜

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#9

ITAP Though A Moving Subway Carriage On A NYC Visit On Memorial Day A Year Or So Ago. Total Fluke Shot On A Phone Camera

ITAP Though A Moving Subway Carriage On A NYC Visit On Memorial Day A Year Or So Ago. Total Fluke Shot On A Phone Camera

speilo17 Report

The ‘I Took a Picture’ subreddit is as massive as it is ancient. Created in the mid-summer of 2009, it has grown to house several million members from across the world in the 13+ years since.

It’s an online group that is focused on photography techniques and styles. Redditors can post their work on the sub and ask for critique. They can also browse the community to learn a bit about how specific techniques are achieved. In short, it’s a great way to up your photography game and give you deeper insights into all of the technical stuff behind each gorgeous snapshot of reality.

The group is very community content-oriented. Originality and engagement are rewarded. Meanwhile, dishonesty is punished. You can check the subreddit’s FAQ for a detailed account of how their rules work.

But one of the essential things to keep in mind is that if you pretend that you’ve taken a specific photo when in fact you’ve stolen it from someone else, then you’re going to have a very bad time. You can get permanently banned from r/itookapicture if you do stuff like that.

#10

ITAP Of Static Electricity Between Two Fingers

ITAP Of Static Electricity Between Two Fingers

Sivll Report

#11

ITAP, Only One

ITAP, Only One

S1moneyvG Report

Lauren S
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just one photo! One very lined up photo.

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#12

ITAP Of Both Sides Of A Neon Sign In NYC

ITAP Of Both Sides Of A Neon Sign In NYC

viciousdv Report

Look, we get it: who doesn’t enjoy getting attention and praise on the internet, right? However, there’s absolutely no excuse for lying about the fact that you took a photo when someone else is the original author. Crediting photographers and content creators is an important part of acting civilized on the internet. If that breaks down, well… it’d be hard to trust absolutely anyone online.

Besides, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of sharing your own work (your heart, racing) and asking for some insights from strangers. If you’re open to their criticism, it might be an opportunity for you to greatly improve your skills. You might realize that a certain aspect of your art really resonates with the audience—something that you may not even have thought about.

On the flip side, you might suddenly come to the conclusion that what you thought totally worked in your photos is actually a weakness that you may need to overcome. Putting yourself out there and absorbing constructive criticism (the keyword here being ‘constructive’) is useful for anyone who is involved in creative processes. Whether as a hobby or professionally.

#13

ITAP Of Two Hikers In The Alps

ITAP Of Two Hikers In The Alps

anshul119 Report

Papa Het
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I legit thought the picture wasn't loading💀

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#14

ITAP On New Years Eve

ITAP On New Years Eve

amybonforte Report

Lauren S
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fireworks in the snow sounds beautiful! I bet the snow glistens with each burst!

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#15

ITAP Of Dragging Fingers Over Dew On Roof Of Car

ITAP Of Dragging Fingers Over Dew On Roof Of Car

reddit.com Report

Papa Het
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If it wasn't for the title I wouldn't have guessed it

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The moderator team points out that the subreddit isn’t the place to post any paintings, illustrations, or heavily altered images. In other words: photos only. There is a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism, and if you have any concerns regarding this, be sure to reach out to the mods.

#16

ITAP Of My Wife With A Fishbowl On Her Head In Front Of Our TV

ITAP Of My Wife With A Fishbowl On Her Head In Front Of Our TV

jerseykin Report

Mike Gibson
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't try this at home, I just did, the fishbowl was too small and now I'm all wet and I can't find goldie

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#17

ITAP Of A Red Bell Pepper

ITAP Of A Red Bell Pepper

SamStephens Report

#18

ITAP Of Myself Lying Between Two Lakes In South Australia

ITAP Of Myself Lying Between Two Lakes In South Australia

rapgraves Report

Manomnomnom
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't know Pepto-Bismol came from a lake. 😂

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Submitters are encouraged to participate in the discussion beneath their posts. “Whether it's a photographer asking the community at large what they could have done better, or users asking how to achieve a look or effect, posters are expected to contribute to the comments section and keep the discussion on-topic.”

#19

ITAP Of Train Tracks At Sunset

ITAP Of Train Tracks At Sunset

Rose7pt Report

#20

ITAP Of My GF At Hsinbyume Pagoda In Myanmar

ITAP Of My GF At Hsinbyume Pagoda In Myanmar

FishMonkeyCow Report

Nea
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the pictures my husband takes of me 😑

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#21

ITAP Of A Crystal Ball On A Sand Dune

ITAP Of A Crystal Ball On A Sand Dune

hockeymisfit Report

Moreover, there’s a general expectation that posters should aim for quality. “Your photo should be well-composed, have an obvious subject, feature good use of color/tone and/or texture, have interesting lighting, and make purposeful use of depth of field,” the team running the subreddit explains.

#22

ITAP Of The Wing Scales On A Butterfly

ITAP Of The Wing Scales On A Butterfly

hairy_quadruped Report

setsuriseikou
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hence the scientific name of the order, Lepidoptera, literally "scale-winged".

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#23

ITAP Through A Bench

ITAP Through A Bench

lenkellui Report

#24

ITAP Of Someone Crossing The Street In San Francisco

ITAP Of Someone Crossing The Street In San Francisco

BusyRunninErins Report

Vonkiedool
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The guy and his dog walked first through fog and now crosses the street, onward to home

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On Mondays, aka Mona Lisa Mondays or MLMs, members are allowed to post photos “with a primary focus on one person staring, looking or thinking, without any other interesting action.”

Meanwhile, “Photos of people in a state of action, reaction or interaction, or share their focus with an interesting setting or background, employ some unique photography technique or have exceptional/atypical styling (hair, makeup, studio setups) are not subjected to this rule and are allowed throughout the week.”

#25

I Took A Picture Of A Window With Rain On It And It Looks Like A Planet Surrounded By Millions Of Stars

I Took A Picture Of A Window With Rain On It And It Looks Like A Planet Surrounded By Millions Of Stars

norfo Report

#26

ITAP Of My Brother Fishing In The Fog During The Golden Hour

ITAP Of My Brother Fishing In The Fog During The Golden Hour

asria Report

JB
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is he casting near the log in the bog?

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#27

ITAP Of A Ship Frozen In Ice

ITAP Of A Ship Frozen In Ice

kot0vich Report

Anyone criticizing other people’s work has to be diplomatic. In other words, go for constructive criticism. You’ve got to structure your feedback and note how you’d improve it. The essence is on helping everyone improve their work. However, the photographers themselves should try their best not to take offense to negative feedback.

#28

ITAP Of A Bush

ITAP Of A Bush

safcbullyjr Report

Lauren S
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They look like tall stacks just seconds from falling!

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#30

ITAP Of A Man And His Dog In The Fog

ITAP Of A Man And His Dog In The Fog

langshot Report

Lauren S
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The abandoned heart balloons with the fog and silhouette make this picture feel sad.

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“Understanding your mistakes and shortcomings is the best way to overcome them in future work,” the mods note. And it’s this bit right here that lies at the core of turning otherwise good pics into great, globally renowned photography.

#32

ITAP Of A Balloon Passing Over Us

ITAP Of A Balloon Passing Over Us

matthieuchabert Report

#33

ITAP Of A Departing Aircraft

ITAP Of A Departing Aircraft

Jimmy_Scrambles Report

#34

ITAP Of My 2 Friends At The Museum Of Modern Art, Chicago

ITAP Of My 2 Friends At The Museum Of Modern Art, Chicago

resh510 Report

#35

ITAP Of Strangers, Lovers, And A Family

ITAP Of Strangers, Lovers, And A Family

kmyfrks Report

#36

ITAP Of My Diving Instructor Reaching The Surface

ITAP Of My Diving Instructor Reaching The Surface

nilolium Report

just a Flower
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of photos shot from outer space.

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#37

This Cold Weather Phenomenon Today In Fairbanks, Alaska

This Cold Weather Phenomenon Today In Fairbanks, Alaska

CheesePlank Report

#38

ITAP Of My Coffee Cup With The Reflection Of A Lamp

ITAP Of My Coffee Cup With The Reflection Of A Lamp

drobertgj Report

#40

ITAP Of The Bridge To Heaven

ITAP Of The Bridge To Heaven

topshelf323 Report

Papa Het
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

🎵 there's a lady who's sure, all that glitters is gold🎵

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#41

ITAP Of A Shadow

ITAP Of A Shadow

Roverprimus Report

#43

ITAP Of A Spiderweb On A Traffic Light

ITAP Of A Spiderweb On A Traffic Light

Koalaguts Report

Lauren S
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I must admit I went through about three ridiculous theories about the color of the web before I realized it’s glowing because it’s reflecting the green traffic light! 🚦

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#44

ITAP After A Tornado In Gum Creek Tennessee

ITAP After A Tornado In Gum Creek Tennessee

DBVickers Report

Manomnomnom
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm glad they explained it but my brain still refuses to believe what I'm seeing 😅

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#45

ITAP Of The Sunset Inside An Almost Empty Plane

ITAP Of The Sunset Inside An Almost Empty Plane

triptoverona Report

#46

ITAP Of Myself In A Car At Night

ITAP Of Myself In A Car At Night

Historical-Engine906 Report

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#47

Itap Of Mcgill University In Infrared

Itap Of Mcgill University In Infrared

LAG360 Report

#48

Itap Of My Girlfriend Doing Homework In NYC

Itap Of My Girlfriend Doing Homework In NYC

That-Donkey Report

#49

Itap Of A Skater In Venice Beach

Itap Of A Skater In Venice Beach

Xenro Report

#50

Itap Of A Man And His Dog In The Fog

Itap Of A Man And His Dog In The Fog

langshot Report

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