Ask any photographer or simply anyone who has used Instagram, about the what defines the popular mobile photo sharing app, and the answer without a doubt would be: the square photo format. In the very early days when Instagram started, one can share only square format pictures.
It was a blessing and a curse. Blessing, because it was unique. It also required the photographer to compose and be cognizant of how the image would be cropped into a square before posting it. It was a fresh stream of creativity, which I frankly liked very much.
And it was a curse, because images taken with a DSLR or not composed with square format in mind, would had to be cropped which sometimes didn’t give the best results. Later apps resolved this by wrapping either landscape or portrait images into a square (although the images were smaller in order to fit the format).
This was until today. Instagram announced on their blog that landscape and portrait images would be supported natively. No more cropping or wrapping. Instagram would post the images and would adjust the post to display the entire image without cropping.
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So, I can only see how Instagram adoption and use would increase because of this new feature. There is no doubt, that Instagram’s new owner: Facebook is looking for ways to grow the user base and user engagement in order to be able to monetize it later. Good thing or bad thing? Share your comments or feedback below.
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