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How to be an IG boyfriend: Tips in taking proper Instagram photos

You’re welcome!

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It’s happened one too many times: Girl finds a great spot to take an IG photo, she poses the winning pose, wears the biggest smile — and the photo comes out, well, unsuitable for IG. The girl then gets mad at well-meaning (but completely lacking in the photo department) boyfriend and the rest goes down in history as another couple spat due to unpresentable #OOTD photos.

This being a recurring problem in this Instagram generation, I’ve rounded up a number of things that can help any boyfriend unleash the amazing, great photo-taking IG boyfriend he could be.


So to all the guys, listen up:

Know what type of shot she wants

Any photo, no matter how nice it is, won’t make it to your girlfriend’s feed, if it’s not the type of photo she asked you to take. If she wants to capture her nice #OOTD but you keep on taking portraits, no matter how nice they look and how amazing her smile is in the photo, it still isn’t what she needs for her Insta-feed. Of course, not saying that you shouldn’t try to help with shots, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves; that’s discussed later on in this list.

Take more than one photo

Think about it this way: The more shots you take, the more options your girlfriend has to choose from. Posing is honestly a tricky thing. Sometimes the best shot happens a split second after you’ve actually pressed the shutter button and then it’s gone forever. The only solution? Resolve to take more than one photo. Just keep tapping at that shutter and let your girl decide which one looks best for her. After all, it’s easy to delete shots, but it’s way harder to pose and shoot more.

Lucky for you, there are some phones which have built-in features that allow you to do this with one tap. The Pixel 3’s Top Shot function is perfect for this. The iPhone’s Live Photos is also great at this because it allows you to pick the best still from a series of photos saved from one shot.

Find a flattering angle

I get it, you think your girlfriend looks great at any angle and that’s sweet. But, that sentiment doesn’t automatically mean amazing photos (even if you think so). Now, before you get your panties up in a bunch, I know that no one is perfect and I agree that unrealistic standards on women based on edited social media photos may be harmful. However, there’s a difference between enhancing what you already have with flattering poses or angles, and completely faking a photo. I’m talking about the former.

Bottom line is that you have to make sure that you take photos from non-weird angles and in the best-possible conditions: This includes good lighting, flattering poses, and your girlfriend being comfortable.

Find out what flattering is to your girlfriend!

There are certain aesthetics to photo taking and even though you think that candid photo of her dancing awkwardly is cute, it might not cut it for her feed. It would help your photo taking if you knew what she thinks looks good on her. If you always keep her preference in mind, it assures better chances at shooting photos she’ll love.

Suggest poses and shots

Since you’re taking them, you’re the one who can see the photo preview. It helps so much when you try to guide your girl through the process. Suggesting movements and poses that look good with the framing ups your IG boyfriend brownie points significantly.

Be patient

Stop the grumbling; stop acting like it’s a big deal. You’re being asked to take a photo, not climb Mount Everest. Being a sport about the whole thing makes for a stellar IG boyfriend, even without the the best-looking photos. Photo skills you can learn, but being an accomodating BF is a choice.

Remember: Looking your best and always being presentable is a life skill. Looking great in all IG photos, however, is a gift — one that you can give your girlfriend.

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry made up and Twitter is not calm

Peace at last

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Pop queen and LGBT ally Taylor Swift just dropped the music video for her new pop anthem You Need to Calm Down and unsurprisingly, the fans cannot calm down. The star-studded video features queer icons like Laverne Cox, Ellen de Generes, Adam Rippon, and Queer Eye’s Fab Five living their fabulous lives despite the anti-gay protests in front of them.

The surprise that shook us and the internet, albeit many eagle-eyed speculated last week, is a Katy Perry cameo.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two pop stars had a years-long public feud that eventually ended when Katy extended an olive branch last year, by sending Taylor an actual olive branch.

The music video is their first public reunion, and Katycats and Swifties all over are having a Twitter party:

We’ll tell all our grandchildren one day.

Bless.

Can’t calm down.

Anyone having an awful year so far can relate.

Took the words out of my mouth.

Same.

War is over, if you want it.

*orders McDonald’s*

Give us what we need!

There are many important moments in the whole video but this one featuring drag queens as this era’s pop queens is for everyone who take pleasure in pitting women against each other.

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5 coolest Airbnb places you can rent in Tagaytay

For when you want to escape Manila’s heat

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Tagaytay is one destination you can visit when you’re looking for a weekend getaway. It’s popular for its cold weather, picture-worthy cafes, and an overlooking view of Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano. In addition, it’s just a two-hour drive away from Manila.

If you’re planning to stay in this city for a couple of days, here are our top five Airbnb rentals:


Dalton’s Lakeview Point

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Dalton’s Lakeview Point is a stylish, modern-themed Airbnb. It’s spacious enough to fit groups up to six people, and its artistic interior design gives you that cozy and calming feeling. Stay here when you want a refreshing view of Taal Lake.

Book it here.

Nordic Jewel

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Couples might enjoy staying at Nordic Jewel, a Scandinavian-inspired Airbnb located in Tagaytay Prime Residences. Despite being small, every corner is Instagrammable. If that doesn’t convince you, let me tell you this: Small spaces make you closer with a person. Now go and have a good time with the love of your life!

Book it here.

Unit 217, Tower 1, Wind Residences

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Even though it looks like a hotel room, Unit 217 in Tower 1, Wind Residences exudes an elegant, contemporary vibe. Its yellow accents give life in this Airbnb’s dominantly black and white design, and its patio invites you to relax and take a peek outside. This is perfect for those who want to feel that hotel vibe with a touch of the usual bed and breakfast.

Book it here.

Chalet de Tagaytay

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If you want to retreat from the hustle-bustle of life, Chalet de Tagaytay is a rustic Airbnb that oozes privacy. Perched on a mountainside, it has the perfect view of Taal Lake for when you want to contemplate about life. Take the time to forget the world and your problems, and just relax during your stay.

Book it here.

Windsor Vacation House

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Windsor Vacation House is the perfect place for get-togethers. It’s spacious enough to let everyone have their own space, and every corner is definitely picture-worthy. Next time you have an occasion to celebrate, bring your families and friends here for a wonderful experience. It can comfortably fit people up to 12 people, and it’s guaranteed you’ll make new memories with a beautiful Airbnb like this!

Book it here.

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4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

Small but packed with features

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Fujifilm recently announced their new hybrid instant camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay. It’s the newest addition to the company’s lineup of Instax instant cameras and by far the smallest and most lightweight in its series.

Despite being small, it’s packed with features that every girl would love to have in different situations. Here are the reasons why:


1. You get to celebrate occasions in a special way

The Instax Mini LiPlay is not your typical instant camera. It comes with an LCD so you can review photos you’ve captured, and choose which one to print.

It also has a “Sound” button which is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The Instax Mini LiPlay then converts the audio’s data into a QR code and adds it to the photo printed. Users can play and replay for at least a year by scanning the QR code. This function is perfect for adding greetings, songs, and other messages you’d love to share through the printed photo.

2. Definitely a travel companion

This hybrid instant camera is different compared to Fujifilm’s instant cameras. Its promise of being the smallest and most lightweight makes it an easy-to-carry travel-sized camera (that won’t take too much space in your bag).

In addition, solo and group travelers can enjoy the remote shooting feature, which remotely takes a photo and print it on the spot using your smartphone. Furthermore, it has a direct print feature so you can transfer your photos from your smartphone and print it using the instant camera’s film. Whatever device you use, the Instax Mini LiPlay is a travel companion you’ll love to bring anywhere you go.

3. For the times when you want to express yourself

If you love shooting flat lays or OOTDs, the Instax Mini LiPlay may be useful as a prop or as an accessory. It has a stylish design that matches your aesthetic, and it comes in three beautiful colors: Stone White, Elegant Black, and Blush Gold.

Moreover, it has an array of design frames. The camera comes with ten pre-installed frames, which you can select during or after taking a photo. When you download the free Instax Mini LiPlay app, you get to enjoy 20 additional design frames.

4. Enjoy taking photos wherever you go

Say goodbye to AA batteries that make you feel like you’re using a device from the early 2000s. The Instax Mini LiPlay uses micro-USB for charging and takes two to three hours to fully charge the device. Its battery can last up to 100 printed photos. Photos are also saved onto a microSD card so you can keep on shooting until your memory card is full!

The Instax Mini LiPlay is priced at PhP 9,999 and will be available around late June to early July in the Philippines.

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