Can I get an Amen?!? Everyone’s favorite image sharing app, Instagram, or in some cases, what I ate for breakfast app, now supports landscape and portrait images. But don’t worry, they didn’t take away your precious 1:1 ratio just yet.
“Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end. Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square. Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way. To keep the clean feel of your profile grid, your post will appear there as a center-cropped square.”
This new change will be wonderful for photographers and videographers who likely hate cropping their content. If you’ve ever tried cropping a video you know exactly what I’m talking about.
For those who have already upgraded to Instagram version 7.5, and are scratching their heads wondering why their images are still square, it’s because you’re not seeing the tiny button Instagram added. If you look in the bottom left corner of your image you will see a tiny icon that has two arrows pointing away from each other. This is what you will need to press to activate landscape or portrait mode.
In addition to this huge upgrade to Instagram, they have also merged the filters into one. Instead of having a different set of filters for photos and videos, you can now use the same ones on either type of media. On video, they have also added the option to adjust how much of the filter you use.