Much more than just a continuous parade of #selfies and #tbts, Instagram is a vibrant, burgeoning community of talented creatives—photographers, designers, and more, who offer us an intimate look at their processes, adventures, and unique points of view. You could say that these Instagrammers are paving the way for a new kind of modern-day expression and storytelling. So what is it that makes their images so much more visually satisfying and inspiring than the average ones in your feed? To find out, we picked the brain of our favorite follows. Read on for their best creative secrets.