The snow streaked past my face at around 100-kilometres per hour creating a twilight zone visual effect as I hurtled across the valley 600-feet above the floor in complete darkness. I loosened my death grip on the bar above my head and tentatively extended my arms outward. In the black of night I couldn’t make out my surroundings, only the faint glow of the platform at the end of the line. I was flying.
The evening started at Superfly’s base camp on Cougar Mountain. Lit by fairy lights and dusted with snow the wooden cabins are incredibly picturesque in juxtaposition with the high tech wiring that hangs overhead. After we met our guides and posed Charlie’s Angel style for the obligatory camera shot we clambered into a teal coloured snowcat. Our guide, Jenya, affectionately named him “Hermie” because he looked like a hermit crab with his comical snow gathering pincers at the front. We lumbered up the mountain wiping condensation off the windows and occasionally getting a heart-stopping glimpse of the cliff drop to our right.
We could see flickering lights up ahead and make out the distinctive round shape of a yurt. We headed inside welcomed by a crackling log fire and two chefs ready with tables laid. Warmed by a cup of miso broth we then chowed down on a slice of caramelized onion quiche followed by braised beef on creamy mashed potato and then sticky toffee pudding covered in caramel sauce to round it all off. Even though the setting was rugged, the dinner catered by the Bearfoot Bistro was anything but. Even the camping styled blue table wear looked like it had been handpicked for the occasion.
I had been worried that ziplining on a full stomach but as we donned our harnesses, complete with glowing headband, it was the furthest thing from my mind. I was looking out over a huge black abyss, and suddenly wondering what I was doing perched on this wooden platform 600-feet above the valley floor. I mustered a weak smile as Jenya tightened my harness and pulled the lever launching me into the night.
At first the fear took my breath away but as I relaxed it began to feel incredible. I’d engaged warp speed and like some space travelling luger I was racing for the finish line.
The dinner tours are a 4-hour round trip and depart at 5pm and 6pm costing $199 per person. Added bonus – they give you a fleece neck warmer as it can get a little chilly when zipping in the snow!
FYI – they have a specific Valentine’s Day tour that includes roses and oysters if you wish to impress that someone special.
Fondue brings together three of the world’s greatest things – cheese, wine, and the camaraderie of a shared pot of food. In Whistler, we empathize with what the Swiss experience during their long, cold winters. We revel in the season, and fondue here is just the thing to beat the cold, and to bring together friends after a day on the ski hill. Here are some of the best places to get fondue in Whistler…
Crepe Montage – French Chique
With its bright white and blue décor, a French-inspired, Whistler style awaits you at Crepe Montagne. Their fondue is made from scratch with Swiss Appenzeller, Gruyere and Canadian Emmenthal cheeses. Add tomato sauce with chopped Kalamata olives and you have their “Fondue Provencale.” Try the “Old Fashioned” with Dijon mustard and extra herbs, or sample the mushrooms in their “Fondue Forestiere”.
The Chalet at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Set on the scenic Fairmont Chateau Whistler golf course, The Chalet is just off the beaten track. Snow laden hills surround you and a log fire crackles inside. Here you’re offered a decedent, three-course fondue experience that begins with The Chalet’s Cheese Fondue, offering a choice of black truffle, sundried tomato, Asiago and Fontina cheeses. The second course features a Fondue Chinoise (hot broth) served with beef tenderloin, prawns, scallops, and salmon. This most memorable meal ends with a rich chocolate fondue with fresh fruit, meringue, and banana bread.
Araxi – Apres Action
After a hard day on the hill, what could be better than to warm up with fondue and Glühwein, a mulled wine? In Araxi’s cave-aged Gruyere fondue, Swiss gruyere is blended with an Austrian Grüner Veltliner wine and Kirsch (colorless fruit brandy), served with their toasted house-baked bread, gherkins and pickled baby onions. Après ski feasting at its finest is available from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, throughout in the winter season.
Canadian Wilderness Adventures – Fondue at 6000ft
Guests with Canadian Wilderness Adventures snake their way up the mountainside on snowmobiles or snowcats to reach their traditional fondue dinner. The impressive, rustic location – 6,000 feet up Blackcomb Mountain – is a breathtaking vantage point for the perfect alpine fondue experience. Take off your snowmobile helmet, head inside from the cold, where the fire’s going, the guitarist’s taking requests, and your fondue is waiting and ready to be savoured.
Nicklaus North – Fondue at The Den
The Den Lounge & Restaurant at Nicklaus North Golf Course is located on the shores of Green Lake with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. You can even enjoy a sleigh ride around the lake before coming inside to warm up by the fire. After salad to start, delve into a rich fondue combination of Emmenthal, Gruyere and aged cheddar served with crunch French baguette. For the third course they offer the “Pacific Rim Fondue” with choices of New York strip loin, pork tenderloin, and prawns served in a fresh catch and tamari poultry broth. Milk chocolate fondue with banana bread, marshmallows and fresh fruits is a decadent way to finish off a memorable evening surrounded by the lake and the mountains.
Blackcomb Snowmobile – Fondue in the Backcountry
Either a 25-minute snowmobile ride, or 45-minute snowcat trip takes you into the pristine and snow filled backcountry of the Brandywine Valley. In the distance you see the glow of a lone log cabin, there’s no power out in the wilderness so snowball lanterns light your path inside. Wrap up under a sheepskin blanket and dine under a candle chandelier as caterers from Ciao Thyme Bistro serve your salad starter. For the main course traditional European cheese fondue is served with a selection of cured meats, and vegetables like pickled eggplant, olives and mushrooms. Dessert options vary but favourites include strawberry shortcake and tiramisu, the perfect end to an evening in the wilderness.
YouTube is great fun. But did you know it can be a fun job for some people? Yes, that’s right, the regular vloggers on YouTube who attract a lot of views get paid to do what they do…which looks like having a lot of fun…
When you get paid to YouTube (if that’s even a verb), you are called a YouTube Partner.
Why do these ‘famous’ YouTubers seem to cluster in places like SoCal and London? Likely because the ones that get popular do so by being featured in other YouTube Partners’ videos. So some people who want to pursue YouTubing full time will sometimes actually move to a new city to be able to ‘make it big’ (kind of like how singers and actors used to have to go New York to ‘make it’ in the Entertainment industry). That’s right, according to Vancouver YouTuber Josh Rimer, even though it’s the Internet, it’s also an in-person thing.
Ok, so that got me thinking. Where are all the Vancouver YouTubers? Vancouver’s a great city, so why not start our own YouTube culture here? Some have already started, and I think it would be awesome if more locals joined in the fun! Next thing you know, people will be flocking to Vancouver to be in collabs
If you think it’s expensive to be a YouTuber, it doesn’t have to be. You can get a used camera and even a used computer on Kijiji Classifieds in Vancouver. Heck, start with a phone camera! Then work your way up into getting some quality microphones and lights that someone may have no use for anymore, but will do just fine for your YouTube efforts!
Who are the Vancouver YouTubers?
Let’s see who’s been at it so far! Here they are in order of subscriber count (but remember, subscriber counts aren’t everything!)
His real name is Peter Chao and he likes showing off to the world what being Asian is like, in a very comical way. We also can’t forget to mention his Asian accent…(you’ll see…). He comes in at 877,702 subscribers and 194,370,410 views at time of writing. His current featured video is of him interviewing Canadians on July 4 (American Independence Day). However, looking at some of his older videos, you will see that it doesn’t take a fancy new camera to get started in this field Comedy is comedy, people.
Caution: this channel is not PG-13! It contains a lot of foul language!
Having started their channel less than a year ago, Matthew Clarke and David Milchard posted a video in May, 2013 where grown-man David re-enacted something cute that Matt’s daughter did. It caught on, they made more, and now, to our delight, they’ve made it a series of hilarious videos where we get to watch a grown man act like a toddler and get away with it. They now have 652,908 subscribers and 37,810,827 views. They were even asked to be a part of the YouTube Rewind 2013 video.
Here’s one of my all-time favourites from this channel:
And I don’t know why, but I LOVE their first Q & A where you learn from a very hilarious comment read-out that they’re Canadian. You also get a sense of the humour that these guys were probably born with:
With 202,659 subscribers and 25,983,298 views at time of writing, this guy is a mystery (we can’t figure out his name) but he sure does like pulling off pranks. Also, he seems to like Asian humour like his Pyrobooby Vancouver YouTube counterpart. You can find him doing funny stints at places around Metro Vancouver that you’ve probably been to and now are wondering, “how come this stuff never happens to me when I’m at that mall?”
Chengman also has other channels on YouTube where you can catch him doing things around the city of Vancouver, like ziplining at Whistler (this video proves that Vancouverites can do anything in the rain):
This is the vlogger that makes us all jealous. Her name is Nadine Sykora and she travels and records her adventures, then makes them into videos that…well, make us want to go wherever she goes. She’s a Vancouverite, but doesn’t say so on her “About” profile. So how can you tell? She knows the rules of the Seawall paths. She’s got 157,468 subscribers and 30,645,369 views.
You know what I want to know? How she gets her videos to look all Instagram-ey…right?
But… Friends, don’t think you have to jump to making videos for Contiki to be a good YouTuber. You can start with simpler vlogs about the interesting things you do in your life, which Nadine also does, like this one, of her day out in California (and trust me, if Nadine can vlog about shopping, there’s probably interesting things going on in your life too):
Plus, it’s worth taking note that when Nadine started, in her own words, she never expected it would go anywhere. She is quoted as saying, “I started making videos about the Olsen twins and living in a dorm room. I don’t think I could have ever foreseen what my life is today.”
This channel is run by two guys, one is Matt, the other is Jason. They currently have 122,441 subscribers and 24,674,444 views. They do a great job of playing up Canadian stereotypes (I don’t know why but I laughed really hard when they say, “do you have two loonies for a toonie” in one of their videos. Lol, no non-Canadian would get that, I guess; Microsoft Word can’t even recognize “toonie” in spell check).
More importantly for our Vancouver YouTuber streak, they have a popular video describing some Vancouverite stereotypes (my favourite part in this one was the confusion between the names “First Beach” and “English Bay”).
If you liked that one, and love Vancouver, you’ll LOVE this one that is so epic of what it’s like to bike ride on the Stanley Park Seawall…culturally speaking…sort of…
Although you can’t really tell from her channel, this is a Vancouverite with a passion for fashion…and beauty and other things. That’s right, Vancouver can boast its own beauty vlogger (take THAT London!). She’s got 91,063 subscribers and 9,854,934 views to date, and she’s showing that if you have a passion for being yourself, you can vlog it, honestly, even if your sponsors pressure you to do otherwise. At one time, she was praised for being honest by one of her fans, though it caused her a bit of a controversy.
Now, what would a beauty blogger be without a smoky eye tutorial? This is one of her most watched videos:
In the following video, this girl shows her viewers what kind of Vancouver genes she’s made of! Here she is as a classic Vancouverite going to a Canucks game and making an evening out of it:
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This channel is a testament to the fact that Vancouver has a sense of humour, and maybe good dancing skills too. Not everyone looks this good in spandex, but Spandy Andy makes this fashion choice seem like somethin’ all the kids are doin’ these days. He also demonstrates how well of a dancer spandex can make you seem like. Or actually, just how well of a dancer HE looks like. He’s got 26,293 subscribers but a whopping 10,298,528 views on YouTube.
The first time I saw Spandy Andy in person was at a business networking event, of all places. He performed and then told everyone the power social media – the medium that has allowed him to pursue his dream of putting the “mint” in “entertainment” (I got that from one of his videos). Since then, I’ve never seen Andy wear anything except spandex. That is, until today, when I saw that it was not spandex that made Andy a viral YouTube sensation; it was Speedos:
If you think this guy is a nut…well, maybe you’re right, but he’s a smart nut, and he’s making a great career out of being one. He’s even made it on Australian news, among other gigs he’s landed. But there’s more to his story, which you can watch. It will reveal the real person behind the Spandy Andy character, and how much Vancouverites love him.
Josh is Spandy Andy’s brother (I’m just always going to act like that’s his real name), and here’s a sweet video of the two of them together. Josh has 17,010 subscribers and 7,259,814 views. Here’s Josh ranting on allergy warnings for idiots:
Josh loyally posts videos every Friday of sketches, spoofs, parodies and other comedic content. He loves what he does and tells us about it in a video about his YouTube story:
For the month of February, 2009, Josh was the “number-four-most-viewed-comedian” on YouTube in Canada (his words, not mine, lol). So what did he do to celebrate? He gave out his “vumber” (i.e. his virtual phone number) in a video, just to see what kinds of messages he would get, and if they would be as weird as the comments people leave him on his videos. The results were varied (to say the least), but he sure did get attention, including from some bigger YouTubers.
Final caution: not all these videos are PG-13!
Where are the other Vancouver YouTubers?
We may have missed some, but that’s what the comment section below is for! Tell us your favourite Vancouver YouTubers, and if you’re a Vancouverite starting a channel, give us your best tips to encourage more to start vlogging! Also, let us in on how to use classifieds to find the best deals on camera and video gear!
Shopping for used clothing, shoes, and accessories is not only gentler on the environment and wallet, but it also gives buyers a chance to score sold-out items and find unique vintage pieces. I’ve been shopping vintage, used, second-hand—whatever you want to call it—for as long as I’ve been old enough to earn my own money, and time and time again, I’ve had people ask me where I bought a certain stand-out piece. My answer is usually, “It’s vintage”. With that in mind, here are tips on how to find treasures when thrift-store shopping.
Have a good idea of what you’re looking for
Shopping for second-hand clothing—whether in a store or online—can be overwhelming. Racks upon racks (or listing upon listing) of clothes to sort through. If you don’t go in with a plan, you can easily feel lost and discouraged. Before you hit the shops, make a list of what types of pieces you’re looking for, but keep it general (see tip #2), like a black sweater, wool blazer, or vintage party dress. That way, you’ll have a clear idea of what sections of the store to look through, or if you’re shopping online, you can narrow down your search by entering general keywords into the search field.
Be open to everything
That being said, keep an open mind. Most often than not, you’re not going to find the exact piece you envisioned. Don’t be afraid to try something in a different colour or fit. In fact, if you have a good tailor or seamstress, you should consider buying an item even if it’s slightly too large and have it taken in. I’ve also had luck shopping in the men’s and kid’s departments. Looking for a shrunken schoolboy blazer? Maybe you should check in the kid’s section. Coveting an oversized cardigan? You may find what you’re looking for in men’s knitwear. When it comes to shopping for vintage, don’t rule anything one.
Be aware of quality
Living in an era of fast-fashion, where a lot of pieces are “wear once, toss later), quality isn’t something we are always aware of. Many vintage pieces, however, are often of a higher quality. I’m a big fan of buying vintage boots and shoes, since the majority of the time, what looks like leather actually is leather. Often, all these shoes need is a good polish and a change of laces, and they end up looking better than what’s new in stores now. When you’re shopping online, be sure to ask the seller what materials the item that they’re selling is made from. If it’s wool, leather, denim, cotton, or even fur, there’s a good chance you’ll still get many years of wear out of the item once it’s yours.
Check for authenticity
This mainly applies if you’re looking to buy a designer goods item—especially handbags, purses, and wallets. There are so many good knockoffs these days that it usually takes a bit of detective work to make sure you’re about to purchase the real deal. If you’re buying from a store, you should ask for a certificate of authenticity for the item and double check that the logos, stitching, and materials appear real. The same goes if you are buying a luxury item online. Ask the seller to provide certification of the item and to photograph tags in detail so that they are legible. Also, price should always be an indicator. Even if a bag is “used”, if the seller paid more than $1,000 for it originally, they’re likely not going to sell it for under $250. Research the retail cost of the item, and keep that in mind before purchasing.
My favourite part of thrift-shop and vintage shopping is finding one-of-a-kind items. Why buy a used T-shirt from the Gap when you can find a brand new one anytime? The best vintage items are usually ones that are a little unusual and offbeat. That doesn’t mean you should snatch up that pair of high-waisted bellbottoms preserved from the ‘70s. Look for standout prints and patterns on pieces that work for your body shape and today’s style aesthetics. You might get a few funny looks wearing a vintage prom dress on the streets, but how about a 1980s graphic T-shirt or accessory? Look for those pieces that you’re sure nobody else will have, and people will undoubtedly compliment your treasure.
Remember when Instagram was all about good photography? It’s changed a little. Now medium can be a bit more personal. It’s no longer only for the good photographers, who got popular pretty quickly on Instragram. We can browse great shots from around Vancouver and sneak into the personal lives of cute babies and cats right from within the platform that also gives us amazing scenic and artsy photos! What an awesome ‘soup.’
This article isn’t going to tell you about the top Vancouver Instagrammers. That deed has been done already, and you can check out the following links for those kinds of lists:
What we are going to show you are some lesser known (or not yet blogged about) dudes and dudettes who have been quietly posting some fun, different, ‘edgy’ and sometimes portfolio-worthy images on their Instagram accounts, without a lot of notice from the ‘big bloggers.’ Sure, they’re not all photographers by trade, and their accounts show a bit of their personal lives too, but that makes them all the more special to pay attention to (personality rules).
Here they are, in no particular order, along with a description of what you’ll find by following them:
*Note: I’m giving you a full disclaimer that I know a some of these users personally or have done business with them as a freelance e-marketer in Vancouver. I don’t have any say in their Instagram accounts, and gain no personal benefit from listing them here (at all). But my list might be biased due to this fact. Does that make them any less worthy of being followed? I don’t think so, but you can judge for yourself I spent hours scoping out other users too!
Ok, so this first one breaks my principle above about including personal life moments in their account. This is all scenery from Vancouver and for some reason has not been noticed in the other articles linked to above. Pretty neat stuff, and kind of fairy-tale-ish too. Scenes of Vancouver use a filter that dulls things out and colours them in a brown tinted kind of way; almost like paintings. There are mostly snapshots of Vancouver’s beautiful nature here, and some off-the-beaten-path locations that might leave you guessing where the photo was taken (because you know you’ve seen it before…somewhere…). Can you spot them all? These are definitely portfolio-worthy shots that are relaxing to look at, and the kind that would get sent out in e-mail forwards if it were 1999.
This is another amazing photographer in Vancouver who is actually a filmmaker and actor. He seems to be transferring his skill of seeing beauty in everyday things onto Instagram with his iPhone. I think I found out once he wasn’t using his iPhone for everything (usually the spectacular photos on any Instagram account are transferred onto phones after they’re shot with a high end camera). But the filters have got to be Instagram or some other similar app.
The great thing about this account is that while it’s so ‘Vancouver,’ it’s not necessarily the scenic and stereotypical things of Metro Vancouver that you expect; it’s the smaller details and parts of the area we see all the time but never stop to notice. For example, would you take a photo of a fence or a rundown building? This Instagrammer would, and he’d make you think, “wow! Why don’t we stop and look at fences and rundown buildings more often?”
Sometimes you’ll catch photos of cute kids in here too
This is a childhood and family photographer in Vancouver who is Instagramming a little of her work and a little of “everyday things that make [her] happy.” I think they’d make all of us happy to be honest. Baked goods, farmhouses in sunny fields and European landmarks edited to look better than they probably look in real life…who wouldn’t love that? You get to see cute kids in here sometimes too.
The style is mostly washed-out and pastel-ey, and it’s likely these aren’t all inherent Instagram filters (apps like InstaSize can give Instagram photos other effects). It’s also likely these aren’t all shot on a smartphone. But hey, they show up in our feeds and make for some nice variation apart from the ‘usual’ filters we can always make out.
This account has a bit of personality too. You’ll see photos of Rebecca (probably travelling or doing something fun like shopping or tanning), but every time you do, you see a bit of artsy-ness in the shot, which makes it all the more awesome to follow this photographer on Instagram.
You wouldn’t expect the Tourism Richmond Instagram account to have some personality behind it, but it seems like there’s one girl in particular running the show here (her name is Lindsay Anderson), and she’s giving us insights into the amazing things she sees happenin’ in the quaint town of Richmond (ok, it’s quaint to me, and Steveston in particular is quaint enough to shoot the Once Upon A Time TV show). Plus, when there’s a giant rubber duckie in the middle of a street, where else are you going to see a photo of it? None other than the richmonbc Instagram account! There’s lots of fish, treats, ocean, hot drinks, food and event photos in here. The shots are mostly close-ups, and usually always contain great contrast with deep colours. Sometimes you also get photos of Lindsey’s life, which lets us know there’s a real human, and not just a marketing organization, behind the account.
Yes that’s right, that famous blogger in Vancouver has an Instagram account under the same name. And it’s very Vancouver-ey. On here you’ll find a lot of the outdoor life of a Vancouverite, including moments on higher elevations. Her profile says all photos are shot on her iPhone, and at times you also get to see Rebecca’s face, which is always nice and personable. Oh, and food, you get to see photos of food. That’s definitely proof that a human exists here.
You won’t see a ton of stereotypical Vancouver scenery here, but you will see ‘Canadian’ and you will see through the pupils of a Vancouverite. This is a designer’s Instagram account and the ‘designer’ aspect of it shows. Sometimes you see a design project Harry is working on, or other times just a neat photo of something he sees, takes note of and shares with us. Some photos make a statement, using actual typography or photos of signs. Other times the imagery speaks loud enough, such as “I’m laying on a beach and you’re not” (lol). Another neat thing in this account is the way the designer sees patterns around him. Whether it’s a wall of gum, a zig-zag shaped piece of metal, or arch-shaped architecture at the Vancouver airport, Harry’s eye is catching repeatable patterns, and showing them to us from cool angles.
This is another designer’s Instagram account (her name is Christina), and the neat thing here is that you get a new designer’s perspective on photography, which is different than Harry’s (to give one example). Many of these photos are likely using the InstaSize app to get a 1:1 photo (escaping a forced square shape) or some very particular filters you can’t find on the regular Instagram app. Like Rebecca Sehn’s account, the colours are very pastel-ey and washed out, but in a good way. Like Harry’s account, you also see artwork the designer is working on. Other times you get great shots of snow-filled mountains while she’s snowboarding. You also will see flowers, food and Christina having fun with friends.
Aside from an adorable munchkin-pie you will just want to squeeze, the life of Mika also includes Instagrammable moments such as her salon’s beauty transformations. Every Internet experience needs a beauty guru, right? What would YouTube be without the beauty vloggers? Not the same. In like manner, we all need a beauty Instagrammer to follow and Mika fits the bill because you don’t just get before-and-afters (or just ‘afters’ to inspire), you also get interior design, a bit of fashion, some interesting neon-something-or-rather, and did I mention a cute baby? Hardly any food though, that’s a first.
When I was little, I remember it being a ‘fun’ thing to drive around nice neighbourhoods looking at all the cool houses. Maybe it was just my family, but we thought houses were cool. If you think of it, they’re like art – all the different designs, shapes and colours can be neat to admire (where was Instagram when we needed it back then?). Jay McInnes is the guy running the iamjaymcinnes Instagram account. Being a realtor on the West side and in downtown Vancouver, Jay is sharing some amazing shots of cool modern homes being built in the city, as well as scenic top-city views you’d usually need to pay for a hotel room to be able to see (or have friends in ‘high places’…get it?). Following this account also shows you variations of ties; yeah, you know, like the ones men wear with suits. I don’t know if that’s some kind of inside real estate agent’s joke, but this account sure does make it seem that way. In the offline world, iamjaymcinnes is the other half of mikadoesmakeup, and thus gets credit for at least half of the cute baby looks mentioned above.
I know the Internet often shuns those who post pictures of food. But you have to think about the other side to that argument: food is very photogenic. And when it’s hotel food, well now that’s just classy. The Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver has an Instagram account and they post pictures of food that you won’t get bored of. It’s all so intricate and professional…makes you want to order room service…until you realize takeout is probably the closest you’re going to get if you’re from the city and already have a place to stay tonight. Apart from the fancy food, you also get scenes of the city, photos of chefs and hotel happenings, like weddings and trade shows.
Remember our cute baby and Internet-completing beauty guru up above? Well, if we’re going to talk about the Internet, we can’t forget the one thing that has changed this technology forever: cats. So I have another two words for you: Cute. Cat.
And I’ve got just the Instagrammer to follow who will give you plenty of just that (cute cat). Yes, this guy does have a cute baby too, but that came after the cat moved in, so the cat has dibs (at least for the purposes of this article). Also, the baby can’t curl up into a bowl and fall asleep…so…
Seriously though, this cat is totally worth keeping up with on Instagram.
I guess this isn’t specifically a Vancouver Instagram account, but that’s ok, we can make exceptions. If you want to convince your out-of-town friends to visit you in Vancouver, show them this Instagram feed, it will likely do the trick. Enough said!
Want to be a good Instagrammer?
Instagram is fun, and there was a time when it was all just great photo shots. Nowadays it can be a bit more personal. Either way, if you want to get more followers and more ‘hearts’ on your photos, here are some tips:
Did you know you can transfer photos from your computer to your phone, and Instagram nicer shots that way? Get camera gear like good lenses and lights at great prices by shopping classifieds. That will be a good start to your photography pursuits! Some of the best Instagrammers do this.
When you upload a photo of yourself or your friends, as yourself what value the photo has to people other than yourself. If you’re always thinking of what your followers want to see, then your account will start getting filled with better and better photos. Make your content count!
On that above note, if it’s not your best shot, or the lighting is so bad it can’t be fixed with a filter, just don’t upload it. It’s better to reserve your Instagramming for the really good ones.
Try other photo apps! Apps like InstaSize can give you more filter options and then let you open up in Instagram later. Instagram is the popular network to share photos with nowadays, but you don’t have to stay restricted to their own filters. Other apps let you create collages too, so you can put up a sequence of story-telling photos (don’t over-do this though, it can reduce the emphasis on your most vivid images).
Did we miss any budding Vancouver Instagrammers?
If you know any Instagrammers that are budding and just waiting to be discovered, let us know in the comments below!
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