Lightroom to Instagram in 4 Steps

Posting photos from Lightroom to Instagram just got a whole lot easier with younity’s built-in integration with the Adobe Lightroom database. Capturing your best photos with a DSLR? Easy! Well, perhaps hanging upside down off the side of a boulder to get that optimum view of Arch Rock isn’t easy, but at least it’s worth it to nail that perfect shot.

What’s not easy is sharing your best photos to Instagram. You’re probably familiar with this fun workflow: importing, editing, exporting, emailing yourself or putting the photos in a cloud service, downloading the file on your phone, then, finally, posting to Instagram for hashtag glory. If this doesn’t sound like fun, don’t worry! There is a better, more efficient way to get photos from Lightroom to Instagram, with younity.

Lightroom to Instagram in 4 Steps

1. Set up younity


To start accessing your entire Lightroom catalog on your phone, you’ll first need to set up the younity desktop media server. It takes just a few steps, including installing and registering the desktop server and then downloading the mobile app (available on iOS and Android).

Once you have your devices connected, you’ll be ready to move on to the next step. For a more in-depth walkthrough with information on how to get started, click here.


2. Import & Edit

After importing, put the images inside of a Collection Set to start out. Then, start editing your photo to get it ready for Instafame. Need some inspo for edits? Check out this great collection of Adobe Lightroom Presets curated by Photo Argus to get you started.

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Thanks to one of the latest updates to Instagram, photographers are no longer shackled by the 1:1 aspect ratio so there is more wiggle room around cropping. When choosing a crop, keep in mind that there is still a maximum aspect ratio. Panorama photos will still not work for Instagram, and most likely never will. For landscape photos, the most extreme aspect ratio allowed is 1.91:1. For portrait photos, the most extreme aspect ratio allowed is 4:5.


3. Export

You can choose to export however you wish, but the following steps are recommended for proper Lightroom workflow. This will also make finding your image through younity incredibly easy. By following these steps, this process will keep a separate folder for edited JPEG’s in the original folder as the RAW images. After cropping, select all the images you want and follow these steps for to export:


1. Under File -> Export…

2. Under the Export Location tab:

a. On “Export To”, select “Same Folder as Original Photo” from the drop-down

b. Check the box to Put in a Subfolder, and label it JPEGS (or Instagram Exports or whatever you choose)

c. Check the box to Add to this Catalog

3. Under the File Settings tab:

a. Image Format: JPEG

b. Quality: 100

4. Image Sizing:

a. Resize to Fit: Long Edge

b. 1080 Pixels

After exporting, in the Catalog node in the left panel when you’re in Library mode, go to the “Added by Previous Export”. Select all the images (CMD+A) and under Collections, click the plus sign to add a new Collection. In the Location setting, click the checkbox to put it inside of the original collection set. This will keep a tidy Collection tucked aside with your edited JPG’s under the same Collection Set.


NOTE: If you do not export the photos to JPG’s, your photos will still be available to access and share, but they will not reflect any edits made within Lightroom.  Changes made to images in Lightroom under the Develop mode are actually saved in native  Adobe sidecar files, not stored on the original image so younity can’t access it. Storing these edits in a sidecar file is great for Lightroom users, because this means all our edits are undestructive and will never effect the original image you imported.

Remember to Save and Quit Lightroom before moving on so younity is triggered to re-scan your Lightroom database. 


4. Post from Lightroom to Instagram

After completing set up, open younity.

On Android:

Step 1: Select the Photos tab

Step 2: Select Lightroom

Step 3: Select Collections

Step 4: Navigate to your photo

Step 5: Hit the triple dot icon in the bottom corner

Step 6: Select “Export”

Step 7: Select the Instagram icon


On iOS:

Step 1: Select the Photos tab

Step 2: Select Lightroom

Step 3: Select Collections

Step 4: Navigate to your photo

Step 5: Open the Activity View Controller

Step 6: Select “Open In…”

Step 7: Select Instagram


younity will open Instagram and from there, you’re free to filter and hashtag to your heart’s content! Now that you have the power to post photos stored in Lightroom to Instagram with younity, what are you going to photograph with all the time you’ve saved?

Want to know who’s using Instagram and what type of photos perform well? Check out this guide to Instagram by the numbers.