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Aug 26, 2012 08:56 |  #1

I recently became interested in Instagram and I wantto upload some photos on to the site through iOS/Android. I prefer the higher quality output of Lightroom versus using my mobile devices to do the work. I also find it easier and faster. Does anyone her know of a plugin or what I have to do to get my photos to be Instagram-compliant so that it won't recompress and or recrop when I get ready to upload the images?




  
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Aug 27, 2012 11:09 |  #2

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Aug 27, 2012 11:18 |  #3

I'm pretty sure that it being mobile-based, it's going to compress any photo regardless. You're kind of defeating the purpose. It's meant to be photos taken on mobile devices, not sure it works the way you're talking about.


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Aug 28, 2012 01:17 |  #4

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I'm pretty sure that it being mobile-based, it's going to compress any photo regardless. You're kind of defeating the purpose. It's meant to be photos taken on mobile devices, not sure it works the way you're talking about.

I don't want to get into a debate on what kind of photos should or should not be uploaded into Instagram. It's tiring being told on what to do in that regards.

Can LR do what Squaready does in iOS? I find editing pictures much easier on the PC than on the iPhone or iPad.




  
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Aug 28, 2012 09:40 |  #5

Crop 1:1 (square)

If you really don't want it to do any work then make sure it's exactly 1,936px by 1,936px.

Apparently the Instagram API only allows viewing, not uploading, so you won't find any plugin that will do it right now. They limit uploading to mobile devices only.


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Aug 28, 2012 15:32 |  #6

EVANDIXONdotCOM wrote in post #14917331 (external link)
Crop 1:1 (square)

If you really don't want it to do any work then make sure it's exactly 1,936px by 1,936px.

Apparently the Instagram API only allows viewing, not uploading, so you won't find any plugin that will do it right now. They limit uploading to mobile devices only.

What do you mean by not wanting it to do any work? I thought Instagram supports a maximum resolution of 2048x2048?

I understand that and my intentions is to transfer the images back to my mobile devices for upload to Instagram.

Where is the 1:1 cropping option? I don't see it in LR4.




  
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Aug 28, 2012 20:18 |  #7

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What do you mean by not wanting it to do any work? I thought Instagram supports a maximum resolution of 2048x2048?

I understand that and my intentions is to transfer the images back to my mobile devices for upload to Instagram.

Where is the 1:1 cropping option? I don't see it in LR4.

In the Develop module, activate the crop tool (press "r"). At the top of the right hand panel you will see the crop tool settings.

The "Aspect:" list by default says "Original". Click that and a drop-down list will appear with your options, including the "1x1" (square) aspect ratio. Click it and you get a sqare crop!

Of course you want to do this with a composition that won't get destroyed by a square crop!


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Aug 29, 2012 01:06 |  #8

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In the Develop module, activate the crop tool (press "r"). At the top of the right hand panel you will see the crop tool settings.

The "Aspect:" list by default says "Original". Click that and a drop-down list will appear with your options, including the "1x1" (square) aspect ratio. Click it and you get a sqare crop!

Of course you want to do this with a composition that won't get destroyed by a square crop!

Thanks for the tip Tony!

You're right about the composition part and I'm not sure whether I should create a new thread or not, but cropping a 3:2 image to a 1:1 is difficult.




  
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Aug 29, 2012 01:32 |  #9

lsquare wrote in post #14916239 (external link)
I don't want to get into a debate on what kind of photos should or should not be uploaded into Instagram. It's tiring being told on what to do in that regards.

Can LR do what Squaready does in iOS? I find editing pictures much easier on the PC than on the iPhone or iPad.

I'm not telling you what to do, firstly, but there are innumerable sites for a photographer to showcase their work. Why would you take a photo, offload it, edit it, then put it on Instagram? How is it easier and faster to take a photo then offload and edit then post on Instagram? I can take a photo and it's on Instagram in seconds. What your're talking about isn't easier or faster. That's not what it's meant for. You're defeating the whole purpose of the endeavor.


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Aug 29, 2012 01:34 |  #10

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Thanks for the tip Tony!

You're right about the composition part and I'm not sure whether I should create a new thread or not, but cropping a 3:2 image to a 1:1 is difficult.

You need to take the photo with that composition in mind, which is another way in which Instagram is easier and faster.


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elrey2375 wrote in post #14920631 (external link)
I'm not telling you what to do, firstly, but there are innumerable sites for a photographer to showcase their work. Why would you take a photo, offload it, edit it, then put it on Instagram? How is it easier and faster to take a photo then offload and edit then post on Instagram? I can take a photo and it's on Instagram in seconds. What your're talking about isn't easier or faster. That's not what it's meant for. You're defeating the whole purpose of the endeavor.

So many photos on my instagram feed have quite suspicious depth of field and other things that an iPhone simply wouldn't do. Despite the inconvenience I think it's a popular way to share photos simply due to it's user-base. If I uploaded my photos to there instead of Flickr, I'd probably get more hits and more of my friends would see them.

I agree though, the 1:1 ratio and uploading pain make it not worthwhile for me.




  
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Aug 29, 2012 05:39 |  #12

lsquare wrote in post #14920581 (external link)
Thanks for the tip Tony!

You're right about the composition part and I'm not sure whether I should create a new thread or not, but cropping a 3:2 image to a 1:1 is difficult.

I don't use instogram and all that, but I'm sure you are not limited to a square aspect ratio...?


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Aug 29, 2012 08:59 |  #13

^ yes you are limited to have it 1:1. If you have a landscape photo you may have the black bars on top and bottom.

Just crop, export and email/dropbox it to your phone. I've uploaded some film scans that I have developed and wanted to share with some friends on instagram.



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Aug 29, 2012 09:03 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #14

You may be right about the maximum resolution being higher now. I know it used to be 1936px.

I do agree that there are a lot of photos on Instagram that weren't taken by in-phone cameras, and that it is a great way to showcase your work to the masses. If you just download your images to the phone after you're done editing, the Instagram app will allow you to import them and crop them using their app. That may be the easiest way, rather than trying to crop them first. It'll allow you to put them in 3:2 form as well, with black lines on top and bottom or left and right, but of course that doesn't look too wonderful.

Best of luck to you.


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olstudios wrote in post #14921454 (external link)
^ yes you are limited to have it 1:1. If you have a landscape photo you may have the black bars on top and bottom.

Just crop, export and email/dropbox it to your phone. I've uploaded some film scans that I have developed and wanted to share with some friends on instagram.

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You may be right about the maximum resolution being higher now. I know it used to be 1936px.

I do agree that there are a lot of photos on Instagram that weren't taken by in-phone cameras, and that it is a great way to showcase your work to the masses. If you just download your images to the phone after you're done editing, the Instagram app will allow you to import them and crop them using their app. That may be the easiest way, rather than trying to crop them first. It'll allow you to put them in 3:2 form as well, with black lines on top and bottom or left and right, but of course that doesn't look too wonderful.

Best of luck to you.

Thanks for the suggestions guys. How do I upload an image with black bars at the top and bottom? When I try to upload some photos, I only see the crop box hovering over the photo. I don't know how to add the entire photo with the black bars.




  
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