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Can You Upload Photos To Instagram Directly From Your DSLR Camera?

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In 2023, it’s kind of hard to know whether you are a “true photographer”. By that we mean, everyone can claim to be a photographer these days. 

If you have a phone, and you take photographs on that phone, then technically you’re a photographer, right? 

Well, not really. Some people write shopping lists before they go to the local Walmart; it doesn’t mean they’re the next great American novelist.

Really, if you want to know whether you’re a photographer or not, you need to go the extra mile. It starts small; taking a few more pictures of a scene to get the best angle or lighting. Then it moves up to actively going out to take photographs. Then, as a final step, it’s the decision to move beyond your phone’s camera and go for a proper DSLR camera.

That’s when you can call yourself a “true photographer”. 

But hold on, what if you’ve been immortalising your photography with photo books? If you’ve been clever enough to use our services – as you can tell, we’re very modest here at MySocialBook – then you’ve been creating photo books straight from platforms like Instagram. 

That means it’s been easy. All you have to do is take the pictures, upload them onto Instagram from the gallery on your phone, get a few likes, get a few comments, and then transfer them to create your very own Instagram photo book.

But if you’ve taken the leap to become a “true photographer”, that process has completely changed. Now your photos exist in a camera, not a phone. So how exactly do you transfer those photographs to your Instagram page? More importantly, what’s the easiest way to do it, so the process can remain smooth and hassle free?

First Off, Remember Why You’re Doing It

Okay, before we begin, it’s important to remember why you’re doing this. Sure, we gave a big schtick about being a “true photographer”, but that’s not really what this is about. The truth is, smartphone cameras have been improving every year, but there still isn’t a solid substitute for what a camera can give you. 

Upgrading to a digital camera is not about being known as a proper photographer, but getting the opportunity to take better photographs, giving your skills the professional treatment that they deserve. A mobile phone doesn’t have as big a sensor as a digital camera, and a DSLR camera can offer far better ISO sensitivity, allowing shots to look more vivid, crisp, and are far better adjusted to various lighting. 

For that reason, although it may be a bit more of a hassle to get your photos on Instagram and take them to a photo book maker, it is certainly worth it. Whatever you do, don’t let it put you off upgrading to a dedicated camera that will take your skills to the next level.

Uploading DSLR Photographs To Instagram

In terms of uploading your photographs onto Instagram, it’s important to note that, as a social media app, Instagram will only let you upload photos from a mobile platform. This makes it slightly tricky to work around, as although you can comment and like images on the website, you cannot actively upload any photography from there. 

But it’s 100% doable. All you need is a bit of patience and know-how. Here are the steps to follow when uploading your DSLR photographs to Instagram:

  • Set Up Dropbox Or A Google Drive

This is where you are going to be uploading your photographs.

  • Create An Instagram Folder On Either Dropbox Or Drive

In terms of making the process quick, it’s best to assign a specific folder for your Instagram platform, and another for Facebook or any other platform you are planning to post on. This streamlines things and helps you avoid confusion with your content.

  • Connect Your Camera To Your Computer Via A USB Cable Or Card Reader

Before connecting up your camera to transfer photographs, it’s important to note the typical aspect ratio of Instagram as a platform. It is primarily 1:1, but it does accept 5:4 or 4:5 crops for vertical photographs.

  • Edit If You Need To

This is now the time to edit your photographs if you want to give them a little touching up before they get published. 

  • Export Your Photograph

Once again, it’s important to note that you should be exporting your photographs at a smaller resolution. The largest image size that Instagram accepts is typically 2048 pixels. Although most photographers state that 1080 pixels is the best Instagram image size in terms of an “all-rounder”. There may be better resolutions depending on aspect ratio, however. 

  • Take Out Your Phone

Once this is done, it’s time to take out your mobile phone and open up Dropbox or Drive from there. Then save all of the images to your camera roll.

  • Post Onto Instagram From Your Camera Roll

Lastly, you’re ready to share on Instagram. You see? It’s really not too much work, especially if you know what you are doing. Now you can photograph with a top-quality DSLR camera whilst also being able to keep your Instagram feed flowing and your photo book shelf filling up!


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