From Lightroom to Instagram | Tutorial by Gretchen Willis

From Lightroom to Instagram | Tutorial by Gretchen Willis

I love telling others about the power of Lightroom. It has so many features to help organize your photos and help them look their best! Today I will show you how easy it is to take your beautiful DSLR images from Lightroom to Instagram.

Let me start by saying, I have a crappy camera on my phone. I don’t want to present my best work to my Instagram followers by showing them what my camera phone can’t do. So instead I open my DSLR images in Lightroom, polish them up and add a watermark, and load them up to Instagram in just a few steps. Here’s how I do it.

Before we start, you need to have a Dropbox account as well as the Dropbox app on your mobile device. If you don’t have one, you can get a free Dropbox account, and the app is free as well. www.Dropbox.com

If you like your images square…

Step 1: edit your image. Open the image you want to put on Instagram and edit it to your taste in the Develop module. Choose the crop tool, and set the aspect ratio to 1×1 (to make it square). If you like adding a watermark, you can add one – just check the watermark box when exporting your image.

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Step 2: export your image. When selecting where to save it, choose Dropbox from your hard drive. If you’ve already created a folder in Dropbox for Instagram photos that’s even better!

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Step 3: upload your image. Now go to your mobile device and open Instagram. Click the center (camera) icon to upload a photo. When you’re prompted to select a location, choose “other….” then Dropbox. That’s where your image will be stored where you just exported it. Add a caption and a hashtag (may I suggest #inbeautyandchaos ?) And you’re good to go!

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If you like your images rectangular and want to keep them that way….

Step 1: create an Instagram collection. in the Library module, find the collections section in the left sidebar. Create a collection called “Instagram” and add your image to it. Also add an image of your watermark if you like.

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Step 2: edit your image. in the Develop module, edit your image to your liking. No need to crop it square. Do not export.

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Step 3: create a collage for Instagram. In the Print module, select either the horizontal or vertical template (You will have to download it first from here: http://bit.ly/1M1KcFk )  from the left sidebar to create a simple square collage to ready your image for Instagram.  (If you don’t know how to install Lightroom Print Module templates, instructions are included in the link.)

Drag your image from the filmstrip area up to the Print collage. You can add your watermark also if you like. Choose “Print to File” at the bottom of the right sidebar. When prompted to select a location to save, choose Dropbox (and if you have a folder for all your Instagram images, that’s perfect!)

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Step 4: upload your image. Now go to your mobile device and open Instagram. Click the center (camera) icon to upload a photo. When you’re prompted to select a location, choose “other….” . That’s where your image will be stored from when you just saved the file. Add a caption and a hashtag ( don’t forget #inbeautyandchaos ) And you’re good to go!

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Gretchen Willis - biobubblesGretchen Willis is a teacher, volunteer, photographer, wife, mom, friend, and lover of all things chocolate. Not necessarily in that order. She shoots in her rural backyard of southern Wisconsin, taking the occasional client but she mainly shoots the people who pay her in hugs and kisses.

Gretchen has a recently published an ebook, which you can find for sale in the B&C Store. It’s titled “A Photography Love Letter to your Children”, filled with inspiration and solid advice. Find it HERE.
Visit her website at www.gretchenwillis.com

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  • TeresaAugust 31, 2015 - 7:42 pm

    Hey! Thanks for this awesome tutorial! Question: Is the process different if you have an iPhone? Cause I’m not finding the step 3 to be lining up correctly on my iPhone. I don’t have the option to “pick a source”. Any ideas??ReplyCancel

  • Oscar BritoSeptember 8, 2015 - 2:18 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. What export settings are you using i.e…resolution, pixels ? I ask because Intagram is now rolling out 1080×1080.ReplyCancel

  • Rocky Beck-OwensFebruary 24, 2016 - 1:32 am

    Hey Gretchen, are you aware that IG dropped the 1×1 aspect ratio requirement about six months ago? And you could also use younity for getting access to your entire LR catalog so whenever you want to post to IG, you can! You won’t need to worry about uploading it to DropBox or anything like that. 🙂 http://www.getyounity.com/ReplyCancel