Instagram is currently one of the most used applications in the world. Millions and millions of users share photos, videos and comments every day, since the application has a friendly interface for everyone. However, there is a problem with Instagram that affects us allDo you know what we mean?
Have you ever seen an amazing photo in your gallery, and when you upload it to Instagram it didn't look so good? This happens because Instagram reduces the quality of your photos, so we are going to teach you how to minimize this damage that the app does to our shots.
How to prevent Instagram from lowering the quality of photos
Each of the sections that we are going to see below is independent, so you can try one and see if it has worked. However, from our experience, we have found that applying them all shows a significant improvement and they begin to look a little more like high-quality photos.
Never take the photo with the Instagram camera
If you want your photos to look good, you have to take them with the native camera application of your mobile, without further ado. With the Instagram camera it happened as with the WhatsApp camera, the loss of quality is barbaric. It is true that if we are going to upload a storie, this does not matter too much.
However, if you are going to upload a photo to your main Instagram page, never do it from the application, since a lot of quality is lost. It is always advisable to do it from the gallery, edit it and then upload it.
Don't let Instagram crop your photo
Surely, you have ever taken a photo and seen how Instagram has cut it quite a bit. This happens because there is a specific size to upload the photos to Instagram -600 x 400 px for horizontal photos and 600 x 749 for vertical photos-, if you go over this size, Instagram will cut it, with the consequent loss of quality.
The best way to avoid this loss is crop the image in a decent editor like Snapseed and the like. Yes, when cropping zooms and there is loss of quality, but if you crop it well this loss will be minimal and negligible. By uploading it to Instagram, the app will no longer crop your photo, and you won't lose as much.
Upload the photo with an iOS device
Yes, you read it right, Instagram compresses photos less on iOS than on Android, why? I wish we knew. The case is that, and although it is not fair for Android users, we have to put up with it. That is why If you have an iPad or an iOS device at home, it is advisable to upload the photo from it.
You can do the test yourself of uploading the same photo with an Android and an iOS device to Instagram, you will notice the differences at the moment. In my case, I shoot the photos with my Android mobile, and edit and upload them with the iPhone, sad but effective.
Don't go overboard with megapixels
Luckily, the megapixel war is over a long time ago. Heavy photos are the worst thing that can happen to Android. In the case of DSLRs -or SLR-, we obtain RAW files that can easily occupy 40 or 50 megabytes, but by developing and editing them we can export them to JPEG with the size we want.
If your camera has a lot of megapixels, you will probably get 10 or 12 megapixel images that will be compressed very aggressively on Instagram. Try lowering the resolution to 12 or 13 megapixels, and you will notice how there is not so much loss of quality when uploading the photo.