Instagram now allows portrait and landscape photos

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It’s the end of a very square era.

One of the world’s biggest social networks and image sharing apps has caved to the creative needs of photographers and finally allows users to upload photos in portrait or landscape aspect ratios.

The latest Android and iPhone update will put these changes into effect. To change the aspect ratio of a photo, users can select a button on the left hand side of the screen after uploading to change the photo to landscape or portrait style.

Instagram says: “Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to.”

The update will also change some capabilities for video uploading, adding more filters and support for widescreen.

“We’re especially excited about what this update means for video on Instagram, which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever. While we’ve historically had separate filters for photos and for videos, all filters will now work on all types of moments. You can also adjust the intensity of filters on videos, too,” the company stated in a release.

The update is rolling out gradually beginning today.

If this isn’t the perfect example of a company thinking outside the box, we don’t know what is.

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