Use This Cool Trick to Post Panoramas on Instagram
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Instagram now allows anyone to post multiple photos and videos You Can Now Post Multiple Photos on Instagram You Can Now Post Multiple Photos on Instagram Instagram is finally letting ordinary users share multiple photos in a single post. This means you'll no longer need to pick that one perfect shot worth sharing on Instagram. Read More in one status update. But think more creatively than using this only for photo albums. From panoramic pictures and polls to reverse stories and text adventures, this opens up many cool avenues.

Before you start, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Tap the cascading squares icon to select multiple photos or videos.
  2. Maximum 10 photos or videos in one post.
  3. You determine the order of the photos or videos.
  4. The result is called the “carousel.”

Here are some of the cool, useful, and creative ways you can use Instagram’s carousel.

1. Post Panoramas Easily

Every smartphone today lets you shoot panoramic pictures with ease. But if you post them on Instagram, they lose their allure since you can’t zoom in on Instagram photos. The new Multiple Images feature is a great way to share a full panoramic picture.

Here’s a swipeable Instagram panorama that I posted:

What you see from the Opera House

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Before you start, you’ll need to capture a panorama on your phone 5 Tips for Taking Panoramic Photos With Your Smartphone 5 Tips for Taking Panoramic Photos With Your Smartphone Panoramic images of stunning landscapes almost always look marvellous, but they can be extremely difficult to create. Using a smartphone, there are various techniques and tricks which you can employ to get the best results. Read More with another app, not Instagram. Then, download one of these apps, depending on whether you’re using an Android or an iPhone.

Download: Pannify for Android (Free)
Download: Swipeable for iPhone (Free)

Start the app and open your panoramic picture in it. Follow the instructions to chop up your long image into a bunch of smaller square images, and save them to your phone’s storage.

Next, open Instagram, tap to upload a new picture from your gallery and choose Multiple Images. From your gallery, pick the pictures you just chopped up, and make sure they are in the right order! Post it on Instagram with a smart caption or hashtag, and watch the likes roll in.

2. Take a Visual Poll or Quiz

Which of the two shoes should you buy? Who wore it best? What’s the best way to hang toilet paper? Can you identify this? If you ever needed an answer to a visual question, then use Instagram’s Multiple Images.

Post all the photos and videos you need, and ask a question in the comments. You can set it up to get an answer or to have readers vote in a poll. It’s not as efficient as Twitter Polls Twitter Polls: Everything You Need to Know Twitter Polls: Everything You Need to Know Can't decide whether to order Chinese or pizza tonight? Ask! Twitter has finally launched a built-in option to conduct public polls. It's completely free and works on both mobile and desktop. Read More , but you get to add up to 10 choices to make it easy. You’ll have to count the results manually though.

3. Read or Post Comic Strips

Panel-based comic strips have never been as much fun to read on mobiles. Follow your favorite artist on Instagram to get each day’s comic strip presented panel-by-panel through the Multiple Images feature.

Thanks to @zinkberries for sponsoring today’s comics!

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You can make comics yourself Everything You Need to Start Making Webcomics for Free Everything You Need to Start Making Webcomics for Free Given enough time and determination, anyone can make webcomics for free – and that includes you. Read More too, but like Chris Hallbeck above, please ensure you add a notice telling your followers to swipe for more. You don’t need to necessarily create equal-sized square panels, but it obviously helps if you do.

4. Same Scene, Different Times

It’s a classic photographer’s trick to make you appreciate something even more. By showing the same scene at different times of a day, or on different days with varied activity, you add more depth to your photo’s story.

From #dusk to #dawn. #chapel #maui #hawaii #wailea

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The most-used method is to play with the lighting, as you can see from the above example, but you can also get creative. For example, take photos of a wedding How to Become a Wedding Photographer How to Become a Wedding Photographer Becoming a wedding photographer is a great way to put your photography skills to use. But how do you break into the business? Here's what you need to know. Read More from the same vantage point to capture different important moments.

5. Show Before-After Comparisons

Like the “same scene, different times” idea, you can post before-after comparison shots, especially selfies. This is tremendously useful to show progression in your own story.

It’s a tactic used often in the popular hashtag #transformationtuesdays to show progress in your fitness journey How Social Networks Can Help Your Self-Improvement Goals How Social Networks Can Help Your Self-Improvement Goals We often think of self-improvement as a pretty solitary activity. But connecting it with other people can be hugely valuable. And of course, social networks are the easiest way to do that today. Read More . Others use it to showcase their skills, like the hair stylist in the example above. Before-after is excellent whether it’s your work, your hobby, yourself, or anything else.

6. How-Tos and Instructions

This is perhaps the most obvious one. Multiple Images lets you post step-by-step instructions to do something you’re good at. It could be a recipe, a craft project, or anything else that needs a clear “how to.”

Bit of inspiration for your Halloween party next week. (Swipe left)

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Make sure you spend some time crafting the caption well. Add notes to each picture if you can, and number them. With a few well-placed hashtags and a call to action, this will get you noticed on Instagram These 8 Tips Will Help You Get Noticed On Instagram These 8 Tips Will Help You Get Noticed On Instagram If you've been using Instagram for a while, yet only have a handful of followers to show for it, or are rarely receiving likes and comments on your photos, these tips should help. Read More .

7. Use Personalized Pictures Instead of Group Photos

When you meet a bunch of people you like, you naturally take a photo of all of you together. On a tiny phone screen, that’s a bit silly when you can take individual photos and talk about each of these personalities separately.

A few lines about each person will make a world of a difference to them, and to your readers. Plus, you can always put that group portrait picture 14 Tips For Better Group Portrait Photographs 14 Tips For Better Group Portrait Photographs Group photos will rarely be easy, but it's definitely possible for you to become comfortable with this kind of shot. Here are some tips to help sharpen your skills. Read More at the end.

Got Any Other Ideas?

Given how new Multiple Images is, you can expect to see many other creative implementations of it come up as time goes on. Experiment with it! Use it for Instagram panoramas, swipeable comic strips, and anything else you can think of. It’s how you will make your Instagram pictures stand out 10 Ways to Make Your Instagram Pictures Stand Out 10 Ways to Make Your Instagram Pictures Stand Out With millions of other Instagram users out there, it can be hard for you to stand out as unique or noteworthy. Here are several tips that can help you go from ordinary to extraordinary. Read More .

How do you use Multiple Images creatively? Got any carousels to show off in the comments below?

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