If you have been using Instagram, the popular photo sharing application, for a long time, you might be aware of its strange — and sometimes annoying — restriction, where you are forced to crop your images to a square aspect ratio. This restriction meant several important parts of an image simply could not fit in, and remained hidden. Most affected with this restriction were users who wished to post wide angle images of sunsets, beaches, and nature — all of which had to be cropped, leaving the best parts of the picture either incomplete or completely hidden.
Well, not any longer! Starting today, you would be able to post both landscape and portrait images using the app. In an official blog post, Instagram today confirmed that henceforth, you no longer would have to crop your landscape and portrait images before you edit them using the app. The application now gets two new modes — landscape and portrait — which ensures that you can now share images without the fear of friends being cut out.
You can start sharing landscape and portrait mode images starting today. All you need to do is to update to the latest version of the app that is currently seeding on both — the iOS App Store and the Google Android Play Store. More information regarding the new update can be read on this FAQ posted by Instagram.
In the blog post, Instagram still maintains that square photographs still remain a priority.
“Today, we’re excited to announce that — in addition to square posts — you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram. 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.”
The post adds further, as follows.
“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.”
The much-needed update to Instagram comes years after people started demanding this feature. The app had been updated earlier, as well, to support photos that are wider than 640 pixels.
Would you be using Instagram more frequently now that the app supports landscape and portrait modes?
[Image via Instagram]