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Making Panoramas for Instagram’s New Multiple Photos Feature

by Casey Cosley
featured, Outdoor & Landscape, photo & video, Photoshop Basics


Instagram has just released their newest feature, uploading multiple photos and videos into one post.

When any social media platform releases a new feature or big update, the internet explodes trying to figure out how to maximize the effect of whatever “feature” is being released to make it work for them.

One word: Panoramas

Need help learning how to take a panorama? Boom, we’ve got your back with this blog post.

If you’re a fan of the magic and splendor produced by GoPro (like me), then you’re probably also already following their instagram, where just recently they posted this

Dunnn-dun, dunnn-dun 🦈 #GoPro #SwipeLeft #NewFeature

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Not only does this use the feature well, but it makes experiencing the Panorama interactive. Needless to say, I’m into it.

Let’s move onto the reason you’re really reading this article, “The How“.

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I chose this particular photo* because it I think it carries your eye from one side to the other cleanly aaaaand… okay, maybe I’m also a sucker for Hawaiian sunsets.

Secret note: This technique can be done with any photo, but for the sake of visualization (and pretty Hawaii photos), I’ll be using this one.

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Bring your photo into photoshop, select the crop tool, and set your ratio to 3 x 1

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By doing this it will automatically be the right size to slice into 3 different photos. I also turned on the option see the rule of thirds grid with the crop. Very helpful if you want to be prescriptive to what is in each photo and I like visualization help where I can get it.

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Change your crop ratio to 1 x 1 and select the far left square

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Finish the selection

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And save to whatever folder you’d like (I’m very original with my file names, aren’t I)

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Now just undo your last action (the crop of the far left) and as you select the crop tool, click once in the center of the image. It will highlight that center of your image as your next crop.

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At this point, it’s basically rinse & repeat. Save this crop as Pano2.jpg and the far right selection as Pano03.jpg. You’ll be left with these three images which, if you squint, you can see will fit perfectly together.

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How you get the images to your phone I’ll leave up to you, but once they are select them in as 1, 2, 3 and upload.

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Done, done, and done!

Of course, there are and will be other ways to utilize this medium. Instagram’s Multiple Photos allows you to add up to 10 photos AND video at a time, but for me, this is an easy low impact way to make something interesting and engaging for your audience.

Here’s the final result

Swipe left to experience a Hawaiian sunset 🍹

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Casey Cosley

As a Seattle-based photographer, I incorporate the culture and style of the city into the sense and attitude of my work. I deliver a stunning and vibrant body of work for my clients, and am available for commercial & editorial travel and/or location photo assignments worldwide. Check out my work on Instagram.