Photography: How to Make an Expanding Photo on Instagram

Today I am sharing a quick and easy Instagram hack for making “scrollable” photos using the carousel feature since people frequently ask about it. Besides, what else do you do when it’s 2AM and you can’t sleep….

This trick is perfect for keeping your photos in a 4×3 ratio on your feed if you use it like I do, while still allowing you to share “landscape” photos. All you need is to download the Snapseed app on Apple or Android (its free!) and follow along.

Open the app and add whichever landscape photo you want to share.

Once you have the image selected, select “crop” from the Tools option down on the lower menu bar.

Your screen will look like this:

Use the “DIN” crop frame to crop your photo and press the checkmark once you make your selection. Once cropped, you want to repeat the crop using the DIN crop, but this time rotate it 90 degrees.

Move the frame all the way to the left, click the checkmark, and save the photo to your camera roll using the export feature. Then you have the option to “undo” it so that you can repeat the process on the right side.

Once you are done and the images are saved, load them up into your carousel and post as normal on Instagram. You just want to make sure they are in order when you do. 🙂

If you found this helpful, please like, comment, or share so others can find it too!

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Danielle is a travel junkie, compulsive organizer, and photographer on a mission. She has a weird obsession with cats, anything made from paper, and getting lost in foreign lands.

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