Many people reading this probably have a digital camera other than their phone camera. While iPhones and other smartphones have great cameras, which do you think takes better photos? Your phone or camera? For me this is a simple answer, I’ve invested thousands of dollars in great camera equipment so I need to utilize it on every platform I post photos, this blog, Gal Meets Glam and Instagram. The issue with transerring photos from the camera to Instagram is that it takes the picture in a rectangle but we post square images on IG.
Have you ever taken a picture with your camera and then tried to crop it in into a square but it just doesn’t work how you wanted it to? Here’s an example where I was taking pictures in portrait. I would have loved to show our full faces and hats and the whole fire pit.
This tends to happen a lot more when you are shooting at longer focal lengths than the iPhone focal length of 35mm.
I’ve got a simple fix for you. Next time you know you are taking an image specifically for Instagram and you know your desired crop (headshot or full body being two examples) all you have to do is shoot the image in Landscape. I’ve found that Height is the most common limiting factor that keeps you from getting your crop right. Below is an example where I knew I wanted to be the perfect distance away so I could show off how dusty Julia is and at the same time do the pretty landscape justice. Then all I have to do is edit the photo in Lightroom and square crop it.
Sometimes when you are taking a group shot it’s hard to get everyone in the picture at the desired crop. The trick here is to start in landscape make sure you have the proper crop, such as full body. Then, before taking the picture, turn the camera to portrait to make sure everyone fits in the frame. It’s always best to double check in these situations because the last thing you want to do is have to crop out Susan because she’s out of the frame.