Our very first Halifax Instawalk was a success! It took place Sunday, November 4 and we couldn’t have asked for better photo taking weather. People came out to explore our beautiful city and we created a unique stream of photos to share with the world. Here’s a link to our photo stream of the pictures taken that day.
Here’s a few shots from the Instawalk – some are edited with our Etchings app. (Which has a big update coming soon!)
Don’t know what an Instawalk is?
It’s similar to a traditional photo walk, but people are encouraged to share their photos in real time via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using a hashtag chosen for the walk; in our case it was #instawalkHFX. Anybody with a camera is welcome – you get to meet new people, take some great photos, and have a unique stream of photos for all the world to see at the end of it!
If you want to start your own Instawalk in your city, here’s a few tips:
- Plan in advance. You want people to show up for the Instawalk! Get the word out a week or so ahead of time. Make posters, a Facebook page, a Twitter account – whatever you think will get people’s attention and make them want to show up for your event.
- Have a route. You want everybody to take roughly the same route, so drawing up a quick route in Google Maps for people is a good idea. Make the route no more than 2km.
- Have the walk around 2pm when the sun isn’t harsh, preferably on a weekend when people have free time.
- Have a meeting place for the beginning and end of the walk. Trust me, you’ll want to meet up after it’s all finished to look at everyone’s photos!
- Bringing extra power cords is always a good idea. By the time you’re finished many people’s phones will have low battery.
- Have name tags – they’re an easy way to remember everyone’s name.
Putting our Instawalk together was a snap: we made a graphic to send around Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, created a Facebook event, and put up some posters. It’s that easy – so go on and start your own Instawalk!
Here are some examples from Instawalks around the world: