Want to preserve your entire photo, without having to crop it, and save it to Instagram for all your many followers to enjoy and Favorite? Well, you could pull it to your Mac, create a square canvas, add sidebars with an image editing app, and then put it back on your iPhone, ready to send to Instagram, but who wants to do all that?
#NoCrop–the app, not the hashtag–has you covered.
Instagram typically forces you to crop your photos to fit their square aspect ratio, a call back to the old Polaroid days. What that means is that you lose parts of your image. Many Instagram users have taken to adding horizontal or vertical bars to their photos, like a letterbox DVD, and then uploading to Instagram. Do a search on the hashtag #nocrop, and you’ll see them.
The free #NoCrop app, then, does that all automagically. ONce you download it from the App store and launch it on your iPhone, simply tap on the giant Import button in the center of the screen, hit the share button in the upper right corner, and send it along to Instagram (or Facebook, Twitter, email, or your camera roll). You can also hit the Flip button just below the share button to flip your photo either horizontally or vertically.
Hit the Share to Instagram button, and you’ll go right to the Instagram app on your iPhone, where you can then apply filters as usual. When you get to the final Share Photo page, you’ll see that the message area is auto-populated with “(Made with #NoCrop), which will then be searchable as a hashtag on Instagram. Slick!
I’m looking forward to seeing all your photos in their un-cropped glory on Instagram; let me know what you think of the app in the comments section below.