Instagram recently released its latest update with a great new cropping feature that allows you to post a photo of any orientation or crop to your feed without chopping it into a square format. This means we can finally say goodbye to the days of half-composed portraits and cut-off landscapes.
“The new update gets rid of forcing users into making an awkward crop,” says travel and fashion photographer Grant Legan, who has more than 121,000 followers on the photo-sharing app. “Before, you were so constrained with having to shoot square. But this opens up a way to share exactly what you see and experience when you take the photo.” Now that you have more freedom with what you post, Legan says you can focus on posting what you want — which means better photos. And the best way to take your full-frame shots to the next level? Making the right edits. “The right editing apps and filters can really elevate your photos and can polish up your posts,” he says. “Now, it’s not about making a photo something that it’s not, but taking a raw photo and enhancing it.”
Here are some of Legan’s and our favorite editing apps to help refine your skills and photographic eye — and get that double tap every time.