Nethawked wrote in post #18282949
My one criticism, that square picture format. I refuse to crop or compose just to make things look pretty in Instagram. While not on topic I'm curious how many do pay attention to this.
Instagram removed the square format limitation some months ago. The phone app defaults to square but you can override that. The LR/Instagram plugin for LR defaults to uncropped (though you can pre crop if you want square or apply a crop as part of the publish process.
Tom Reichner wrote in post #18283265
If someone wants to get an Instagram account, but only wants to post about one picture a month on there, would the Lightroom plugin really make much of a difference, inasmuch as time savings and convenience is concerned?
Any specific explanations about the plugin and how it helps save time would be appreciated.
It is a workflow improvement. Whether that saving is worthwhile for once a month or not only you can decide.
Without the plugin you need to....
1. Export the image as a JPEG (either cropping to square or leaving uncropped)
2. Find a way to transfer it to your mobile phone or tablet (cable connect, airdroid, dropbox or whatever)
3. Go into Instagram on your phone/tab
4. Select the image and then go through the publishing process which includes cropping (or not), applying filters or other edits, adding a caption and #hashtags*, adding a location and a few other bits. - If you don't want to do any of these things you can just hit Next but it is at minimum a three step process to publish an image.
* As the caption and hashtags are only added in the Instagram app they won't be reflected anywhere in your LR catalog. If for whatever reason you later want to repost the image (maybe a re-edit) you will have to find/re-enter that info again.
Also Instagram still doesn't allow you to store commonly used sets of #hashtags so you need to use a separate app to store them and copy them across.
With the plugin
LR/Instagram plugin creates a publish service that sends an image directly to Instagram in a one step process. You don't need to export a JPEG, transfer it to phone then delete the exported JPEG from your HD. The pluging does a temp export for you, publishes to Instagram and then automatically deletes the temp JPEG.
More importantly it adds an Instagram field to the metadata area in LR which allows you to type in a Caption, Hashtags and Geolocation. This info is then stored in your catalog forever. I find it a lot easier to enter hashtags in LR as you can just cut and past wholesale from similar images or, as I do, use a text replace app to enter various presaved hashtag sets.
The plugin also works by creating a Collection (or Smart Collection). This is good because you can easily see which images have been published to the service without having to go to the Instagram app and scroll back through all the images.
I made mine a Smart Collection - while sorting/culling/editing images I just add the Keyword "pub2instagram" to an image and it gets added to that collection. When you are ready you just go to the collection and press the Publish button.