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Mar 13, 2018 15:47 |  #1
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This is bugging me. I have people asking me if I have an IG account. Apparently, they want to tag my photos to my IG account. Do I need one? I use FB extensively to upload photos and to update race shots..I mainly shoot cycling races in NYC. What am I supposed to do with an IG account since I don't use my phone to shoot photos? Besides shooting races, I don't really upload much photos.


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Mar 13, 2018 16:42 |  #2

TooManyShots wrote in post #18584779 (external link)
This is bugging me. I have people asking me if I have an IG account. Apparently, they want to tag my photos to my IG account. Do I need one? I use FB extensively to upload photos and to update race shots..I mainly shoot cycling races in NYC. What am I supposed to do with an IG account since I don't use my phone to shoot photos? Besides shooting races, I don't really upload much photos.

If you have people that want to promote you on IG, it would seem to me that having an IG account would be worthwhile. Post your absolute best shots there, and let others tag you in your images that they share on their pages.


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Mar 13, 2018 16:52 |  #3

Scatterbrained wrote in post #18584821 (external link)
If you have people that want to promote you on IG, it would seem to me that having an IG account would be worthwhile. Post your absolute best shots there, and let others tag you in your images that they share on their pages.

There's a kernel to the OP's question that I also share. How does a non-phone photographer interact with and/or put photos ON Insta when their entire ecosystem is built around mobile photography?


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Mar 13, 2018 16:54 |  #4

Snydremark wrote in post #18584829 (external link)
There's a kernel to the OP's question that I also share. How does a non-phone photographer interact with and/or put photos ON Insta when their entire ecosystem is built around mobile photography?

I download images from my flickr page to my phone and then load them to IG. I only load 1024px images to flickr so it works out that they are large enough for any mobile device, but not large enough for anyone to print.

edit: a side benefit to this is that I have the images on my phone, so if I'm out somewhere and I'm talking to someone I can show them the images without having to open up an app, or check that I have service.


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Mar 13, 2018 16:57 |  #5

There is an instagram plugin. Lrinstagram I believe it is called. I used it for a while but got rid of it when I got rid of instagram.

Sorry, it is for Lightroom....if you are using Lightroom


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Mar 13, 2018 16:59 |  #6

jcothron wrote in post #18584832 (external link)
There is an instagram plugin. Lrinstagram I believe it is called. I used it for a while but got rid of it when I got rid of instagram.

Sorry, it is for Lightroom....if you are using Lightroom

interesting info; thanks for the clarification


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Mar 13, 2018 18:32 |  #7

Snydremark wrote in post #18584829 (external link)
There's a kernel to the OP's question that I also share. How does a non-phone photographer interact with and/or put photos ON Insta when their entire ecosystem is built around mobile photography?

If you're wanting to post on Instagram from your pc it's easy. For Chrome and Firefox browsers you can install the add on "user agent switcher". This allows you to access Instagram as an android or Apple iPhone and add images from your pc.




  
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Mar 13, 2018 18:41 |  #8

Every working photographer should have an IG account IMO.


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FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18584890 (external link)
Every working photographer should have an IG account IMO.

I will think about it but I still think it isn't for me. I just checked few Instagram accounts and....they are largely collections of Meh photos....:) I can shoot in square format.


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Mar 13, 2018 23:27 |  #10

TooManyShots wrote in post #18585066 (external link)
I will think about it but I still think it isn't for me. I just checked few Instagram accounts and....they are largely collections of Meh photos....:) I can shoot in square format.

As the famous 16th Century social critic Erasmus once said "In the land of the meh photograph, the half way good snapper is king".

If you are better than half way good then you will clearly stand out as better, which will surely help with promotion. Also IG accepts non-square shots now.


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Mar 14, 2018 00:09 |  #11

TooManyShots wrote in post #18585066 (external link)
I will think about it but I still think it isn't for me. I just checked few Instagram accounts and....they are largely collections of Meh photos....:) I can shoot in square format.

There are a ton of top notch photographers on IG, you just have to know how to find them. I initially set up my account as a way to follow commercial/still life shooters who don't share their work anywhere else.


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Mar 14, 2018 11:34 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #12

You can post photos directly to IG from your desktop or laptop computer through the Google Chrome browser. That said, I enjoy IG at a personal level and generally share my photos there for friends and family as opposed to FB. It's just another tool to reach out to people with photos.




  
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Mar 14, 2018 14:05 |  #13

Screw square format. I received a lecture early on from a fellow photographer that I wasn't framing and cropping my photos correctly for instagram. Ain't gonna happen. I shoot based on what I want to see, I'm not about to change to fit the medium. Your thoughts may vary of course. </soapbox>  :p

LRInstagram plugin is the way to go if your workflow includes Lightroom. It's the only way I would go through the effort, although I do agree with the comment above that all photographers should have an instagram account.

You are seeing meh photos because you're looking at meh photos. There's tremendous talent out there. Focus early on hashtags related to your interests and genre, this is how you find people to follow.




  
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Mar 14, 2018 14:33 |  #14

Snydremark wrote in post #18584829 (external link)
There's a kernel to the OP's question that I also share. How does a non-phone photographer interact with and/or put photos ON Insta when their entire ecosystem is built around mobile photography?

What I have done (not for Instagram, but in other scenarios) is to bring up the photo full screen on my 5K monitor, and then take a picture of my computer screen with my phone's camera. . Then you have the pic on your phone.

A problem can arise if you have reflections off the screen, but I keep my house very dark inside and keep all of my shades drawn all of the time, so that keeps this from ever being an issue.

I tried to figure out how to do it other ways but could never get anything to work for me because Instagram seemed to keep re-doing their programming to disallow the ways we could circumvent their 'rules'. . Plus I just generally suck at technology and wouldn't be able to figure it out anyway.


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Mar 14, 2018 17:39 |  #15

you dont have to post in square format. I just started using IG not long ago and you can post in the normal 3:2 format or widescreen. Also nobody uploads photos they have taken and edited to their phone? I have hundreds of my photos uploaded in my phone and I use those to post on IG. I have never really take a photo with my phone other than just sharing something with a family member.
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