Use the LR/Instagram plugin to post images directly to Instagram from within Lightroom Classic
One thing we have yet to cover is the Lightroom Classic plugin, from Capture Monkey, called: LR/Instagram. This plugin allows you to post directly to Instagram from Lightroom Classic (on both Mac & PC). Thus removing the need to either trick Instagram or shuffle your photos to your mobile device.
LR/Instagram Features & Limitations
Before we get into the weeds of how to install and use LR/Instagram, you will want to consider if this plugin is right for you. Only the mobile version of Instagram has access to all of Instagram’s filters and features. Any other trick or method to post directly to Instagram will have limitations.
With LR/Instagram, you will not be able to:
- Use Instagram filters;
- Re-crop images;
- Load multiple images to the same post;
- Include in-photo tags; and,
- Identify hashtag usage or frequency.
However, you will be able to:
- Log into multiple accounts simultaneously;
- Upload multiple images (each as their own post);
- Update metadata and captions/hashtags and re-post; and,
- Use a dedicated caption and hashtag entry panel.
Another important note is that LR/Instagram won’t access or manage any of your previously posted photos! You will only be able to work with the images that you post directly to Instagram from within Lightroom Classic.
Post to Instagram Directly Using Lightroom Mobile
Plugin support is not available for desktop users of the newer, cloud based version of Lightroom. However, you can upload directly from your mobile device assuming you have installed the iOS or Android version on your phone.
Find the photo you want to post, click the share icon and then pass the photo to Instagram. (Note for iOS users, you will get better results by using the “Copy to …” option. This will open up Instagram so you can access additional posting features.)
Again, this plugin works for either PC or Mac. Head over to the LR/Instagram web site and download the current version.
Next, unzip the file and save the folder wherever you like to store your Lightroom plugins. We generally recommend creating a “Lightroom Plugins” folder in the Pictures folder on the hard drive of your computer.
Next, unzip the file and save the folder wherever you like to store your Lightroom plugins. We generally recommend creating a “Lightroom Plugins” folder in the Pictures folder (Mac and PC) on the hard drive of your computer.
Now, open the File > Plugin Manager menu and find the “LRInstagram.lrplugin” in your plugins folder. This will load the plugin into Lightroom and it will now be available for use from the Publish Services panel on the Left side of the Library module.
To post a photo directly to Instagram, simply drag a photo from any Folder or Collection onto the “Instagram photos” listing in the LR/Instagram left side panel.
The photos will show up in a grid view depending on their various status. Before posting, I recommend using the special panel to update captions and hashtags. This panel is located under the Metadata panel on the right side of the Library module (see below).
Once you are ready post or sync your changes, look for the “Publish” button in the upper right corner of the main viewing window.
A couple of other tips I would recommend are …
- Use color labels to remind yourself which photos you’ve posted (personally I use blue)
- Add “instagram” to the keywords for images as another way to find posted photos
- Make a separate collection of your instagram posts so that if you ever have trouble with the plugin, you can easily keep track of any previously posted photos