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My Workflow For Using DSLR Images on Instagram Using Lightroom Mobile

Hey gang: Today I’m doing a video version of part of what I wrote about over on my blog today, which is sharing my workflow for getting DSLR images up on Instagram. This is a real pain point for a lot of folks (I only know because I get so many questions about it, and I can admit to once having one of the clunkiest workflows ever, which I detailed over on my blog today).

But here, I want to show a short video clip…
I made for you guys here at LRKT just showing the THREE simple taps it takes to go from Lightroom Mobile directly to Instagram for posting.

Lightroom Mobile is really the key to this, but it starts in Lightroom CC on my desktop. I create a collection of images that over the next month or so I want to put on Instagram, then I sync that collection to Lightroom Mobile. Now you’re just four taps away (see below):

If you want the step-by-step breakdown, or the much clunkier non-Lightroom Mobile workflow, check out my blog post today over at this link.  A big thanks to Adobe’s own Terry White who helped me come up with this faster, easier method of getting my DSLR images over to Instagram.

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂



P.S. Hey, I’m coming to Seattle and Portland in a couple of weeks with my seminar. Hope I’ll see you there. 



  1. Lorenzo Parra, Sr. 21 August, 2016 at 00:19 Reply

    SUPER EASY!! I watched the clip and was uploading in no time! I haven’t posted to Instagram in way too long because I was frustrated with my PITA workflow but I am now in good shape to revive my Instagram page…especially since high school football is upon us! THANK YOU, Mr. Kelby!!!

  2. thecreativv 26 April, 2016 at 00:13 Reply

    I used to use this method, but I chose a different way to go for two reasons. Firstly, I found that Lightroom Mobile compressed images when sharing to Instagram, so there was some quality being sacrificed. Secondly, syncing collections of full-sized images with Lightroom Mobile was taking up a lot of space on my device. Therefore, I created an export preset in Lightroom on my desktop that exports my images with the correct Instagram dimensions at max quality to Google Drive. Then I can upload from Google Drive to Instagram. This cuts down on device space and I know I’m getting the best quality. Feel free to check it out and give me some feedback: http://thecreativv.com/free-lightroom-export-presets-for-instagram-posts (Also, this is a free download!)


  3. Tony 12 April, 2016 at 21:55 Reply

    Is there a specific image size for Instagram ie should I create a collection that is optimal for Instagram. I find 1600 px wide for Facebook works well, waht about Instagarm?

  4. Eric Wessman 12 April, 2016 at 07:01 Reply

    I got all excited when I figured out this method a little while ago. However, I like to have a discreet watermark on my images that go on social media, so it doesn’t work for me. I have to export to jpeg to create the watermark, then do the Dropbox method. If you have any ideas on a better way, I would love to know.

    BTW, why doesn’t Instagram let us do this from our computers? It would be so much easier!

  5. Tim 11 April, 2016 at 07:09 Reply

    Scott-This might be easier for some: I just airdrop a jpeg from my mac to my iPad and the photo shows up in Instagram ready to share. Airdrop just requires both devices turned on and discoverable.

    • Scott Kelby 11 April, 2016 at 07:44 Reply

      The problem is: Airdrop is the most consistently flakey technology Apple has ever created. Sometimes it sees your iPad, a lot of times it doesn’t, even if you have both set exactly correctly. There’s no rhyme or reason why it isn’t 100% all of the time, but it sure isn’t. There’s a lot of times where either my wife, daughter or I just skip it altogether and email the file because we can’t get Airdrop to see one or more of our devices. Drives us crazy. Now, if it worked consistently (or even 70%) I’d probably consider it. 🙂

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