Instagram is a sharing network I use daily. It’s great for square images but what if you want to share portrait or landscape ratio iPhoneography images?
Although I prefer square images just occasionally I like to share a portrait or landscape image through Instagram. It’s disappointing that Instagram dictates the ratio rather than allowing the composition of the image to.
In the next workflow I would like to share I have moved away from square to portrait purely because the composition of the work dictated it. Ahead of that workflow it seemed sensible to discuss sharing images such as this to Instagram.
I’ve come up with 4 ways to share non-square images on Instagram.
The sample image used in this article was captured in ProCamera7 and converted to black and white using an adjusted VSCOcam preset. The diasy image will be the subject of my next workflow.
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Share to Instagram from an app
I have noticed that if you open the image in a compatible app and share it to Instagram directly the image is centered on the square white canvas and not cropped. If you open the image directly in Instagram you have no option other than cropping it square. Not all apps are compatible and so some trial and error is required. The screenshots below are from PhotoToaster by East Coast Pixels.
- Image in PhotoToaster
- PhotoToaster share to Instagram
- Image in Instagram
Use a favourite app to add canvas
My own favourite app for manipulating both image size (re-scaling) and adding canvas (to create a square image for example) is the original Filterstorm. The screenshots below are from Filterstorm.
- filterstorm edit canvas
- filterstorm adjust shortest side
- filterstorm all sides equal
Use Squaready to automate adding canvas
Squaready is a free (with adverts) iPhoneography app or has a paid version without ads. It makes your images square either by cropping or by adding canvas. It saves in a number of resolutions and both JPEG and PNG format.
- squaready crop (default)
- squaready add canvas
- squaready save options
Use a frame effect iPhoneography app
An iPhoneography app such as Superslides includes some great frames which will turn a portrait image into a square one. In the case of landscape images with this specific app, it will be necessary to temporarily rotate the image through 90 degrees in an app such as Snapseed or Filterstorm before adding the frame and then rotate it back afterwards. This is because Superslide frames are all either square or portrait orientated.
- superslides frames
- superslides options
- superslides saved
This image will be the subject of my next iPhoneography workflow.
Get the iPhoneography apps mentioned in this article
Apps used for sharing landscape or portrait iPhoneography images on Instagram:
Instagram recently upgraded with more subtle and controllable filters but regarded by me primarily as a mobile photography sharing app
PhotoToaster a top quality iPhoneography editing app used in this article as an example of an app capable of exporting landscape or portrait images directly to Instagram without cropping
Filterstorm a very powerful desktop style image editing app. Used in this article as an example of manually adjusting canvas size to create a square image
Superslides adds slide style borders to create square images out of portrait orientated images
Apps used for other iPhoneography processes in this article:
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