Compressing a scene into such a limited square ratio like that of Instagram and still get amazing aesthetics is something that deserves much credit.
When it was first introduced, I was intrigued by Instagram because of the filters and the film looks it could render. Initially, the square ratio was something extremely hard for me to digest even though it produced great results to enjoy when done right.
Instagram allows people to share visual content through the mobile application. Historically, one of its distinctive features was that it forced people to use a square format of 1:1, which is similar to photographs done with the famous Polaroid SX-70 and Kodak Instamatic cameras. Filters are also an iconic feature of the app.
Even though both the ratio and filter usage are iconic marks of Instagram, there are many photographers who use different aspect ratios as well as images that go beyond Instagram filters. This includes both nonfilter images direct from the camera, and images post-processed in other software besides Instagram’s built-in engine.