A wide shot of the vastness of space. An intimate home video of a child’s first steps. A social media savvy YouTube vlogger with the latest and greatest in makeup techniques. Whatever you may be watching, there should be an essence to the visuals that feels cohesive with the content being portrayed. Certain shots feel right at home in a reality TV drama, while others perfectly capture the epic grandeur of a Hollywood blockbuster. The culprit is often staring at you right through a letterbox (rimshot): aspect ratio. Read more after the jump…
The number of ways people are viewing content are multiplying faster than ever before. From the invention of the TV to shortly after Y2K, TV and the 4:3 format was the only way we saw the world. But in the decade since HD and accelerated by apps like Instagram and Facebook, creators are being demanded to rethink the way they create content. No longer are the conventional ratios acceptable.
We have to think in perfect squares and vertical rectangles now. It’s definitely influenced the way I edit content.
I’ve included this picture of a rain forest to compare the differences in the various Instragram formats.