Big Changes For InstagramPhotography News
Great news! The square format is no longer essential to the Instagram platform. It now allows Portrait and Landscape Orientation!
Since it was launched the square image format was strongly associated with the old Hasselblad cameras. However, users did find a around the forced square format. Examples were adding padding to their images and even using special apps to avoid the square shape. Instagram has now lifted this square-only image format and allows users to upload photos and videos in both portrait and landscape.
Here’s the official Instagram announcement: “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.”
In addition to this change, users can now apply all filters to all types of media. Where previously only certain filters work on just images, these have now been expanded to videos too.
The reaction from Instagram users seems very positive, at this stage. Personally, I think this is a useful change for Instagram. Many photographers actually use this platform for showcasing their work and connecting with current and potential clients. Cropping images used to be one of the biggest issues for an IG users, but now this is all taken care of.
Not everyone is going to love this change. No doubt there will be a few Instagram purists who don’t approve of the change. They may claim that the square format was the reason for Instagram being so unique. However, I personally feel that most users will find this useful and beneficial.
So, what do you think? Are you a fan of the new changes?