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How to upload tall portraits on Instagram?

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Instagram is the holy grail of photographers as it has increasingly become the best place to engage and connect with people and grow yourself as a photographer or filmmaker. However, it has limitations too.

Instagram as a platform is impressive but has strict measures around image resolutions and aspect ratios. If not accounted for, these aspect ratios can be quite frustrating to deal with. Especially when you’ve toned that picture down to perfection and now the crop is ruining it.

In this article, we talk about how to upload taller portraits to Instagram without having to ruin the image.

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Uploading tall portraits

The first thing you’re going to have to do is to understand the aspect ratio Instagram uses for portraits. Instagram crops all vertical posts to 4:5 by default, and that’s our window of operation.

Now there are several things you can do to nail those portraits is, just start taking pictures with a little bit more thought.

Just knowing for what purpose you’re taking a photo goes a long way in determining how the final product looks. Getting the best image in-camera is always the way to go.

One technique that I’ve seen photographers/filmmakers who shoot vertical content use is taping their screens. This kind of forces you to frame your shot a particular way so that when it goes on to the ‘gram’, you don’t have to make changes that’ll ruin the photo.

Just please make sure to cover your screen with good quality tape or if possible, gaft tape. Try not to ruin your screens

Another method you can employ, if your camera supports it, you can change the aspect ratio of the shots. You can go for a 4:5, or even a 1:1. Nothing like a good old square photo.

However, if you’re stuck with a photo that’s 4:3 or 16:9, there are still ways to fix your photos.

If you can’t sacrifice screen estate and just can’t crop the photo at all, your best bet is to use a resizing tool. There are hundreds of apps on the Play Store that can resize your photo to a 1:1 aspect ratio and fill in the gaps with either a solid photo or just the image itself in a slight blur.

Here’s a photo of me while writing this article taken in a 9:16 aspect ratio but resized to a 1:1

You can use this as just another creative option when it comes to your feeds. It carries a unique look to itself and can define the way your feed looks. If used properly, this can even be a feed-wide look.

The last option is just a good old crop. You can do this in your editing software or on Instagram itself. Yes, you’re going to have to cut something out, and it might ruin your picture, but sometimes you just can’t do anything about it.

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