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Title: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: andyptak on April 05, 2020, 08:49:56 pm
I used to use LR Instagram but since t's been crippled by Instagram I stopped. Now that I'm not working and have lots of time on my hands i think i should get back to it. I don't feel like messing around with my phone and importing images from my archive. Is there a good way to do it? Thanks. Keep safe everyone.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 06, 2020, 04:23:59 am
I do it by transferring pictures to my phone or iPad first. A bit of a hassle, but couldn’t find an easier way.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: andyptak on April 06, 2020, 08:11:26 am
Thanks Slobodan. That's the only way I could think of as well but I figured someone must have figured out a better way. Maybe I'm wrong.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Cornfield on April 06, 2020, 08:47:56 am
It is/has been possible to post to Instagram from a Facebook page.  Things seem to be always changing in the world of social media apps.  Here is a link with the information  https://help.instagram.com/169948159813228/

Another option is to use a service like Buffer to post to your accounts.  They have a free service with basic options and also a subscription service.

There is another way using Google Photos but I can't remember the details for this.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 06, 2020, 09:00:37 am
Actually, there is a new way, right from your desktop browser. You have to enable (on Chrome, probably similar for other browsers): View > Developer >Developer Tools... then it is necessary to refresh the page, so that you can see the "+" icon at the bottom. After that, it is the same as inside a phone app.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Chairman Bill on April 07, 2020, 04:41:58 am
Don't just refresh - you need to select the correct option when opening Developer Tools.

If you're using Safari, you need to go to 'Develop' on your menu bar (add it from Preferences if it isn't already there), click on User Agent and then select one of the iPad/iPhone options. Instagram should refresh and you get the option to upload from your desktop.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: kers on April 07, 2020, 04:55:51 am
Everything on Instagram has to be square? or am i mistaken...
In that case it is not for me...
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 07, 2020, 05:45:14 am
Everything on Instagram has to be square? or am i mistaken...
In that case it is not for me...

No, it doesn’t.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Martin Kristiansen on April 07, 2020, 06:26:27 am
Everything on Instagram has to be square? or am i mistaken...
In that case it is not for me...

That was dropped years ago.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Cem on April 07, 2020, 06:49:37 am
Actually, there is a new way, right from your desktop browser. You have to enable (on Chrome, probably similar for other browsers): View > Developer >Developer Tools... then it is necessary to refresh the page, so that you can see the "+" icon at the bottom. After that, it is the same as inside a phone app.
That is definitely possible. Although, it causes a quirk in my particular case. The pictures I upload are using the sRGB profile and are tagged as such.  However, in IG they get a wrong color look (either the wrong profile assignment or conversion). That's why I am not able to use it as such. Does anybody have a similar problem perhaps? I now transfer the photos to my phone (using Google Drive) and then post from the phone to IG.

PS: I have tried this process again just now, and curiously, the color profile seems to be correct now. I wonder what has changed? But I am not complaining in any case.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Rob C on April 07, 2020, 09:29:40 am
I have sometimes been encouraged to join Instagram; thanks for saving me the sweat! I had imagined it to be no more complex than posting here. Innocent me.

:-)
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Cem on April 07, 2020, 09:36:48 am
I have sometimes been encouraged to join Instagram; thanks for saving me the sweat! I had imagined it to be no more complex than posting here. Innocent me.

:-)
Once you get the setup right, it is not much more work really. However, the end results are always disappointing. The max resolution is W: 1080 H: 1350. And the photos are compressed a lot so they lose a lot of quality. It is, IMO, not a very good place (quality wise) to showcase one's photos.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 07, 2020, 10:30:16 am
... It is, IMO, not a very good place (quality wise) to showcase one's photos.

But that's where everyone goes these days. Nobody there could give a flying... about image quality (compression, sharpness, etc.). It is all about content quality... as it should be.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Martin Kristiansen on April 07, 2020, 10:34:19 am
But that's where everyone goes these days. Nobody there could give a flying... about image quality (compression, sharpness, etc.). It is all about content quality... as it should be.

Yep. Wouldn’t argue with that.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: KLaban on April 07, 2020, 10:42:24 am
Thanks for this thread. I've been meaning to get my work onto Instagram for some time and with time on my hands I've now no excuses.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Cem on April 07, 2020, 01:46:06 pm
But that's where everyone goes these days. Nobody there could give a flying... about image quality (compression, sharpness, etc.). It is all about content quality... as it should be.
Agreed. I just wanted to point out the shortcomings of IG on the IQ side of things.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Rob C on April 08, 2020, 04:55:00 am
But that's where everyone goes these days. Nobody there could give a flying... about image quality (compression, sharpness, etc.). It is all about content quality... as it should be.


That's a very blinkered approach to photographic judgement. It may have a place in news photography, but other than that, if you are claiming that nothing else matters except content, I respectfully disagree. Execution is a massive part of differentiating between being there and making the best of being there, wherever the fabled "content" may happen to be residing that day.

Referring to Keiths post; I would have imagined that as so much of his work depends on skillful execution, on buying the very best tools and lenses that he can find for his trade, using a professionally calibrated monitor, that it would be the last place he'd want to hang his work.

Early in life I went through the experience of falling foul of a printer who delivered a shitty version of a calendar I'd produced. It was not a gratifying experience, and waving original, approved proofs did nothing to resolve the year-long moment.

No, Slobodan, that is most certainly not as it should be.

Rob
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: KLaban on April 08, 2020, 05:12:28 am

That's a very blinkered approach to photographic judgement. It may have a place in news photography, but other than that, if you are claiming that nothing else matters except content, I respectfully disagree. Execution is a massive part of differentiating between being there and making the best of being there, wherever the fabled "content" may happen to be residing that day.

Referring to Keiths post; I would have imagined that as so much of his work depends on skillful execution, on buying the very best tools and lenses that he can find for his trade, using a professionally calibrated monitor, that it would be the last place he'd want to hang his work.

Early in life I went through the experience of falling foul of a printer who delivered a shitty version of a calendar I'd produced. It was not a gratifying experience, and waving original, approved proofs did nothing to resolve the year-long moment.

No, Slobodan, that is most certainly not as it should be.

Rob

Rob, Instagram is a window to the world and boosts the the rankings of any website linked to the account.

As for image quality, frankly if it takes a minor hit on small jpegs then that's par for the course and would be of no concern. As for colour problems, well, I know what I'm doing so it simply won't be an issue. You think my work or that of others is well represented on small jpegs posted to LuLa or elsewhere?

There are many photographers who I admire posting to IG. If for any reason I'm not happy I have the option of deleting any content, as here or elsewhere. I have more control over reproduction than I ever had when delivering transparencies to agencies, publishers and libraries.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 08, 2020, 05:39:52 am
...No, Slobodan, that is most certainly not as it should be...

Rob, you are making a judgment about something you know nothing about (IG), according to your own admission. 90% of images posted there is seen on a phone screen. I can assure you that even so, the image technical quality is quite good. So good, in fact, that nobody pays attention to it any more, it is taken for granted. There are no issues with "compression" or sharpness. Content is the king. And by content I mean girls and cats. Landscapes a distant third.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 08, 2020, 05:43:13 am
... skillful execution, on buying the very best tools and lenses that he can find for his trade, using a professionally calibrated monitor...
We do all that to satisfy primarily ourselves (and five other photographers), not the public, who couldn't care less.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Rob C on April 08, 2020, 06:07:22 am
Rob, you are making a judgment about something you know nothing about (IG), according to your own admission. 90% of images posted there is seen on a phone screen. I can assure you that even so, the image technical quality is quite good. So good, in fact, that nobody pays attention to it any more, it is taken for granted. There are no issues with "compression" or sharpness. Content is the king. And by content I mean girls and cats. Landscapes a distant third.

I am making a judgement based on what you have just told me about Instagram. It's because I value your opinions that I have taken them for accurate.

Do you want to contradict yourself?
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Rob C on April 08, 2020, 06:43:57 am
Rob, Instagram is a window to the world and boosts the the rankings of any website linked to the account.

As for image quality, frankly if it takes a minor hit on small jpegs then that's par for the course and would be of no concern. As for colour problems, well, I know what I'm doing so it simply won't be an issue. You think my work or that of others is well represented on small jpegs posted to LuLa or elsewhere?

There are many photographers who I admire posting to IG. If for any reason I'm not happy I have the option of deleting any content, as here or elsewhere. I have more control over reproduction than I ever had when delivering transparencies to agencies, publishers and libraries.

Indeed I do; perhaps not in an absolute fashion in that I am sure that some people manage to print very well. Nonetheless, as few see prints anymore, and as I certanly see far more images online than in magazines or any other paper medium, it seems very clear to me that there are huge differences between the quality of work posted online, so judgement calls are still legitimate. You are surely not suggesting that everything online is equally good or poor, in both execution and/or content, both being vital factors, IMO?

Vision is an illusion. I do not for a moment agree that my work on print looks much better than my work on my monitor: they are different mediums. My transparencies always looked better than my finest colour prints. As you very well know, though some here may not, that is the difference between viewing something by transmitted light rather than via reflected light. It's key, all else being equal. That said, the work on my monitor may certainly look better than the same work online on somebody else's monitor or cellphone.

Actually, I have a website because it gives me an instantly available directory to the best of the material from the past that survived changing countries, destruction of material that could not be sold back to clients (foreven much regretted!), material recouped from a stock agency - the fact that so much of which had been scuffed but not reported as having been licensed out raised a lot of questions as to how, then, such damage happened... I also get a place to gather my thoughts on the times that new pictures do get produced.

I think my stuff on my monitor looks as good as I can get it to look. The thing is, on that same monitor - as on the little iPad - images on the websites of people whose work I admire do look excellent. So really, I guess it depends what one sees from which source, and on which viewing device it is being seen.
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: KLaban on April 08, 2020, 08:03:27 am
Indeed I do; perhaps not in an absolute fashion in that I am sure that some people manage to print very well. Nonetheless, as few see prints anymore, and as I certanly see far more images online than in magazines or any other paper medium, it seems very clear to me that there are huge differences between the quality of work posted online, so judgement calls are still legitimate. You are surely not suggesting that everything online is equally good or poor, in both execution and/or content, both being vital factors, IMO?

Vision is an illusion. I do not for a moment agree that my work on print looks much better than my work on my monitor: they are different mediums. My transparencies always looked better than my finest colour prints. As you very well know, though some here may not, that is the difference between viewing something by transmitted light rather than via reflected light. It's key, all else being equal. That said, the work on my monitor may certainly look better than the same work online on somebody else's monitor or cellphone.

Actually, I have a website because it gives me an instantly available directory to the best of the material from the past that survived changing countries, destruction of material that could not be sold back to clients (foreven much regretted!), material recouped from a stock agency - the fact that so much of which had been scuffed but not reported as having been licensed out raised a lot of questions as to how, then, such damage happened... I also get a place to gather my thoughts on the times that new pictures do get produced.

I think my stuff on my monitor looks as good as I can get it to look. The thing is, on that same monitor - as on the little iPad - images on the websites of people whose work I admire do look excellent. So really, I guess it depends what one sees from which source, and on which viewing device it is being seen.

Surely not.

What I am suggesting is the levels of knowledge and skill of those posting images to the web are highly variable as are the devices used to view those images. I view all web images with distrust. I do my very best to ensure that those folk who view my online images on calibrated monitors see as true a representation of my intention as possible but there my responsibility ends as does my concern.

I've also never claimed anywhere at anytime that content quality is the be-all and end-all in regards to image making, skill of execution is as important online as it is in print, it's just that without that calibrated monitor and reliable viewing device that skill is pretty much wasted. That said, images do rely on their quality of content, without that quality content there can be nothing worthwhile.

I too loved my transparencies, but again my responsibility for their reproduction ended on handover.   
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: fdisilvestro on April 09, 2020, 06:05:23 am
if You have panoramic ratio images (horizontal), you may be able to post higher resolution photos by dividing them into equal parts. IG allows to include several images per post (10 if I’m not mistaken) and they are shown without separation between them.

Using PS is is very easy to cut a large image in parts.

One drawback: you will not be able to see the whole image at once, as you have to swipe laterally to see it all. Some people don’t like it, others post the large pieces plus a small image showing the whole content.

In regards to business, Richard Prince has sold for $100,000 IG images he “appropriated” and intervened from other users
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: Ken Bennett on April 12, 2020, 09:31:15 am
I have a folder in Dropbox for Instagram photos. I have an Export preset in Lightroom to save a 1200 pixel sRGB jpeg to that folder. In a few seconds it is available on my phone, where I can save it to my camera roll and then post it to Instagram. One advantage is that the photo still lives in the Dropbox folder so I have all the images I have posted.

I have done the pano trick in Instagram and it works really well -- as long as people know to scroll left and right :)

instagram.com/wakeforestphoto
Title: Re: How do you post to Instagram?
Post by: KLaban on April 12, 2020, 09:45:59 am
The images I post to LuLa and several other sites are hosted on my website rather than downloaded to the third party sites. This offers me total simplistic control. This is my working methodology, in fact I only very rarely make an exception to this rule and in exceptional circumstances.

I take it there's no way of doing this with Instagram, if not then that could be the deal breaker.