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Finally: Your Ultimate Guide On How To Take ~*Aesthetic*~ Pictures For Instagram

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PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Instagram/nadine, Instagram/idaandu
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Hello there! ICYDK, we have an ongoing series dedicated to ~decoding~ the Insta feeds of celebrities and influencers—this includes trying to figure out the filters and poses they utilize the most. So far, we've featured Nadine Lustre, Julia Barretto, Elisse Joson, Ida Anduyan, and Miles Ocampo.

The list will only get longer as we do more deep-dives of other profiles in the future, but to make things easier for you, we decided to create an ~*Ultimate Instagram Guide*~. In here, you'll find the best tips and tricks that will help you take superb pictures that look 'gram-worthy every time. We'll also take note of the coolest filters, poses, filler photos to try to give your grid some much-needed variety. Ready to learn? Keep on scrolling to know more:

How To Take Better Photos For Your Instagram Aesthetic Feed

Instagram filters

Trust us, choosing the right filter takes a bit of work, but once you've found The One, it'll make your feed look more organized. Here are some of the popular ones we've noted in the past:

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  1. B&W

    A crisp black and white filter will instantly give your feed a ~moody~ vibe. Go ahead and add some grain to it to give the image some texture.

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    Instagram/nadine
  2. Go Grainy

    The easiest way to make your photo look more vintage is by adding some grain to it. You can score this effect by using film cameras or free editing apps.

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    Instagram/nadine
  3. Film Is Not Dead

    Of course, no aesthetic feed is complete without the appearance of film pics. We suggest using an actual analog or disposable camera to get that authentic overexposed effect, but you can also try free photography apps or Instagram filters!

    Instagram/idaandu
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  4. Blurry Nights

    *Intentionally* blurred photos are key to creating an aesthetic-looking feed. Simply move your phone a bit as you take a selfie and experiment with the timing.

    Instagram/nadine
  5. Moody Hues

    Another way to give your photo a more ~moody~ vibe is by lowering its brightness and exposure. 

    Instagram/elissejosonn
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  6. Golden Girl

    Take advantage of the last few warm rays of sunshine by taking a selfie during golden hour, aka nature's very own filter. It will give your skin a nice glow without much effort!

    Instagram/juliabarretto

Instagram poses

Posing can be hard, but it's not impossible since you have us! ;) Whether you're a shy girl or a low-key sexy kinda gal, we're here to present you with some options. Check them out below:

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  1. Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

    Mirror selfies are nothing new, but you can always *angle* them right to make them an entirely new photo. See below: Chie Filomeno's ~artful~ low-key sexy mirror selfie.

    Instagram/chiefilomeno
  2. Booty Work

    Let your booty do all the talking.

    Instagram/lovipoe
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  3. Close To You

    Another one of Nadine's tried-and-true formulas for an aesthetic feed is taking extreme closeups of her face, body, and even random objects.

    Instagram/nadine
  4. Silhouettes

    This is another shy girl-approved pose that's perfect for beach photos.

    instagram/angeldei_
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  5. Shadow Play

    When you don't quite feel like showing your face, just take a pic of your shadow instead! P.S. It's a Julia-approved trick.

    Instagram/juliabarretto
  6. All About The Angles

    Playing with angles (like shooting from below or above) will make all the difference in the world.

    Instagram/jaminacruz
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Instagram filler photos

Okay, let's talk filler photos. They're essentially images that serve as "breakers" to space out your posts on Insta—they prevent your followers from getting umay with your pics! They usually feature random objects or anything that looks #aesthetic and on-brand for your feed. Need some help in that department? Check out some of the things you can take pictures of:

  1. Pretty Spaces

    Your flower and plant nook or your pretty vanity area will make the perfect filler photo.

    Instagram/idaandu
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  2. Devil's In The Details

    Take a pic of the details of your 'fit to let everyone see the work that came with putting it together. 

    Instagram/juliabarretto
  3. Flower Power

    Fresh blooms will give your grid some color.

    Instagram/elissejosonn
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  4. Quote Me

    Quotes in aesthetic fonts will give your feed some much-needed variety!

    Instagram/clovalencia
  5. Watercolor Skies

    Another option for filler photos is to snap a pic of the sky during sunrise or sunset.

    Instagram/chiefilomeno
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  6. Caffeine Kween

    Of course, you also need a pic of your ~one true love~, aka your morning coffee.

    Instagram/milesocampo
  7. In The Sheets

    Messy white sheets will always look good.

    Instagram/chiefilomeno
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