For better Instagram photos, think square #IGTravelThursday
Just a quick check in this week since I’m out west on my swing through Colorado and Utah. I spent the first part of this week in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where I took nearly 1,000 photos with my Olympus E-M5.
It will probably take a few weeks to go through all of them and decide which to edit, process and post online. Hopefully, I’ll have a few keepers out of that stack. Because I usually use prime lenses, meaning lenses with fixed focal lengths, as opposed to a zoom lens, I’m often “cropping” a picture in my head as I’m snapping the shot.
You should do the same thing when using a camera phone to take a picture that you plan to post to Instagram.
Obviously, if you’re using the Instagram app to take your photos, you don’t have to worry about this because you can immediately see what the photo will look like. But if you’re in a national park where cell phone coverage is spotty at best, it means you won’t be able to post those great shots for hours or maybe even days.
Instagram’s square format means you’re likely going to have to crop 1/4 off the top or bottom of your photo. Planning for that crop as you take your picture is essential. I know that’s pretty basic advice and probably something you’re already doing but if you’re just starting out with Instagram, it’s a great thing to keep in mind.
Here’s an example of a before and after horizontal crop I used for the photo at the top of the post:
When I composed the photo, I knew I would be losing a lot of the dirt at the bottom.
Visualizing your crop as you take the photo will ensure that you don’t lose important details when converting your rectangular camera phone picture into a square Instagram.
All photos by Joe Newman.
This post is part of Instagram Travel Thursday, a blog collective that promotes the great travel experts on Instagram and uses Instagram as a source for travel inspiration.
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