The past few years Instagram has exploded as a social media platform. It went from a mobile photo share to creating high quality videos and photos. Have you ever wondered how to export your DSLR photos and post them on Instagram? Today’s post is a tutorial for you. We will be exploring the process of using Lightroom and exporting to Instagram.

My Instagram Workflow

  1.  Capture a “banger”. Otherwise known as killer photo.
  2.  There a couple different options for your next steps. If you’re trying to post quickly you can either, purchase a camera with wifi built in (I use the GH4), purchase an Eye-FI card to transfer to your phone or use the new Apple to SD converter. I’ll probably do a separate tutorial for all of these. From there I’ll process in Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile application and then VSCOcam mobile.
  3. If time is not of the essence, I would go through and do a thorough edit in Lightroom. Once you open Lightroom, click on import and arrange where you want your photos to live. I would highly recommend shooting in RAW files so you can have the most control over your images. I like to convert the RAW files into DNG to save space on your hard drive or computer.
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  4. Once you’ve set where your files live, click on the Develop module. I use VSCO presets to start with my images and adjust as I see fit from there.

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1Some of the adjustments I made for this photo.

5. When you’ve edited your photo as you see fit click on File – Export. We will create an Instagram preset. Once you’ve renamed your file, go and do the long edge to 1500. This will make the file size smaller without loss of quality. Set the export destination to the desktop and save your preset.

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6. The next step is to sign up for Dropbox (if you haven’t already). It’s an incredible tool to keep track of files, photos and videos across multiple devices. You get 2GB of free file storage. Once you sign up, create a folder called “Instagram”. After that on your phone go, download the Dropbox app to your phone and sign in with your new credentials

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7. From there upload your edited “banger” into the Instagram folder. Then go to your phone, open the Dropbox app and click on the Instagram folder. Hit the export and the photo will save to your camera roll.

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Mobile View

View from Dropbox Mobile

View from Dropbox Mobile

Hit Save Image

Hit Save Image

It will export and save to your camera roll.

It will export and save to your camera roll

8. Open Instagram and post your photo!

Hope this tutorial is helpful for you to create high quality Instagram photos. There are couple more different ways to do this process and even more so for videos. Instagram has updated to allow you to upload 60 second videos so I’m sure there will be more video content being seen on the platform. Stay tuned for a post on creating videos for Instagram. If you have any questions feel free to comment below!

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Written by Daniel Mogg