520 days ago
I’ve been a long time user of Instagram. I love it because I can post pics there and not only share them with in Instagram followers, but also simultaneously post them to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare, email and even Flickr. I like Instagram a lot. It’s probably the only social media platform that I check my entire feed of people that I follow on a daily basis. However, the thing that I absolutely hated was being forced into a 1:1 “square” aspect ratio. Some pics just look better in their native portrait or landscape orientation. Sure I had work arounds and apps to allow me to fit the full photo into a square format, but it was extra work and it just didn’t look right. Doing video was even worse. Video naturally looks better “wide”.
It’s 2015 and Instagram no longer thinks that all things should be square!
That latest version of Instagram for both iOS and Android now allows you to post native landscape and portrait images/videos. The best part is that it does it without putting them in a box. There is no pillow/letter boxing. Your feed will now just show the portrait and landscape content natively. Woohoo!
You’ll see a new button on the bottom left of the photo selection screen that once tapped it will make the photo fit. However, keep in mind that some photos still might not scale all the way down. I had a very tall waterfall shot that wouldn’t scale all the way down to fit. Not sure if that’s a bug or just a limit in this new feature?
If you’re an Instagram snob you can still post in square format all you want. As a matter of fact it’s still the default. Also any shots/video you shoot with the Instagram camera will still be in square format. Actually this is the way it should have been from the start.
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