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How to Level Up Your Instagram Feed on Your Next Staycation
Be familiar with the know-hows of Instagram-worthy shots.
By Summit Hotels and Resorts Team

If you travel a lot, it goes without saying that you’re probably taking a lot of pictures—especially if you’ve got tons of followers ready to “heart” your photos. Many of today’s social media influencers gained thousands of their followers by keeping their IG posts engaging, relatable, and creative. Their feeds are usually filled with artistic photos of the places they visit, the delicious food they eat, their #OOTDs, weekend adventures...you name it!

However, it takes a lot more than just good lighting or a steady hand in making your photos “Instagram-worthy”. If you’ve always wondered what tricks social media influencers have up their sleeves to keep their photos interesting, we’ve compiled 8 tips to help you make your staycation pictures look so much better. Are you ready to get even more likes?
 

1. Always try to shoot in the best possible light. Instagram is a visual medium, and poor lighting conditions will result in grainy, unappealing photographs. If you're not happy with the photo, don't post it. Or if, for some reason, you absolutely must upload it, do it on IG Stories or else delete it at a later date to preserve the look of your grid (more on that later).

2. Never judge a picture at first glance. Don't throw away overly bright or dark photos because they might be saved through editing. Try to dial down the highlights, and see if you can get a much nicer image. Play around with the brightness, contrast, and saturation. If you've shot on landscape mode, check if cropping it into a square improves the composition. You’ll be surprised how big a difference a simple off-center crop can make. You can also flip the picture and/or rotate it just to check if you like that point of view more.

3. Explore different angles when shooting. Give your fans a new perspective! Shoot from the top or below, go for an extreme close up, or take it at a distance. Mind the rule of thirds when taking pictures, which means you need to make use of that grid on your mobile phone viewfinder to compose your shot. Play around with focus by placing things in the extreme foreground, like a flower vase or someone's shoulder.

4. Introduce a human element into the picture. Brings a sense of scale into your post by using what you have with you. Shoot your cup of coffee while showing off your new watch and fabulous manicure, or your back (clad in an embroidered coat, of course) against a museum painting. Meanwhile, #shoefies work nicely with #ihavethisthingwithfloors.

5. For selfies and portraits, try not to position yourself right smack in the middle of the rule-of-thirds grid because it can look like a mug shot. Candid shots (or a shot you picked out from a burst) give off a certain charm. If you're posing, remember that lipstick always brightens up the face and that a pair of shades can be your salvation. If you can't be bothered to put on make-up, download a photo editing app like PhotoWonder, which can help you fix eye bags, blemish spots, and age lines. Just don’t overdo it!
 

6. Edit for clarity, filter for drama. Don't use a filter to brighten photos. Use the brighten tab on the edit function instead. The results are more natural. Aside from the brightness, you can tune your images by adjusting the contrast, saturation, highlights, shadow, structure (especially handy when you want to bring out texture and dramatize grit), and sharpness. After editing, apply a filter, but only do so when all you have to work with is a grainy night shot. If you're partial to filters, stick to at most three kinds to keep your IG grid looking cohesive.

 

7. Consider the grid when deciding on the sequence of your posts. Be particular about how your Instagram grid is laid out. To anyone checking out your profile for the first time, the way your photos are presented can really make an impression. Mix up long shots with close-ups and make sure there aren't too many faces or too much food in the grid. This is where using different angles makes a huge difference; it makes your grid look more dynamic because the pictures play off (instead of competing with) one another.
 

8. Don't forget your captions. Rather than cut and paste googled information on the site, inject what you learned or how you felt with basic tourist information because a personal account is always more engaging than a narration of facts.
 

At the end of the day, you can rest and stay in one of the many hotels dotting the city. Summit Galleria Cebu is one remarkable place where you can take a break after a long day of walking around and taking photos. The hotel provides excellent accommodation and services and offers rooms at reasonable rates.

You can either cap the day off by dining with a friend at Providore Cebu or go for a quick dip at the indoor pool. And since the hotel is just within short driving distance from many of Cebu’s main attractions, it would be no trouble to go back sightseeing and taking photos the following day.

This article originally appeared on Preview.ph. Modifications have been made by the Content Marketing editors.