Photograph Settings for Posting to Instagram


I’m quickly discovering that Instagram has a file size and resolution limit and if I’m over that limit then it compromises the quality of the photo as it appears on IG.

Up until now I’d been exporting my photographs from Lightroom at the highest settings possible to ensure that they looked crisp and clean, which they do on my laptop, but once I upload it to Instagram it loses its integrity and it ends up looking messy and blurry. Which is not ideal.

So, a quick search around the internet revealed that Instagram has a resolution limit of 1080ppi by 1080ppi and file size of 1.6MB, and that I need to export the photograph from Lightroom in a specific way in order to optimise it for use in Instagram.

I played around with the settings based upon what I found, and for me these settings were optimal when using the Export function in Lightroom:

  1. The Image Format should be set to JPEG
  2. The Colour Space should be set to sRGB.
  3. The Quality setting should be set to 50%. You can set this to 100% if you limit the file size to 1.6MB as noted below.
  4. Set both Width and Height to 1080 pixels per inch.
  5. Limit the file size to 1.6MB in the file settings window.
  6. Cropping the photo was incidental to the process as long as you used one of the 4 native aspect ratios (1:1, 1.91:1, 4:5, 4:3/3:4).

As always, you should check the photo before and after export to ensure that it looks clear and crisp, even when zooming into the photograph. As an extra step, I even view the photo on a handheld device after uploading it to Instagram to doublecheck that it looks okay. Once I’m satisfied that it looks acceptable then I’ll go ahead and add the hashtags and narrative to the photo.

I also discovered an alternative way to do this in the Microsoft Windows Photo app. These are pretty easy steps:

  1. Export the photo from Lightroom using the highest settings for maximum clarity, ensuring that it adheres to one of the 4 native aspect ratios (1:1, 1.91:1, 4:5, 4:3/3:4).
  2. Open the photograph using the pre-installed Microsoft Windows Photo app.
  3. In the top right-hand corner is a drop down menu. Click on that.
  4. Close to the top of the drop down menu you’ll see an option labelled “Resize”. Click on that.
  5. You’ll then be provided with an option to resize the image from the current file size (which it gives you) to either Small, Medium or Large. I typically select Large, which reduces the file size considerably while maintaining the integrity/quality of the photo.

Again, check the photo before and after resizing to ensure that it looks clear and crisp, even when zooming into the photograph.

On that note, one process was not better than the other. The end result of having a clear photograph on Instagram was the same for both processes.

So, there you have it. Lesson learned. Another step in the process of learning photography!





Sushi Kaji – Toronto – February 4, 2017

Cozy, upscale restaurant where noted chef Mitsuhiro Kaji offers 2 tasting menus of Japanese cuisine.
Address: 860 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1N7


Google reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars



Lightroom Practice

Updated LR ROM Pic (2 of 1)

Lightroom practice. Properly ran it through LR this time using my own B&W preset which I created for use with portraits. Did some minor spot clarity adjustments on the windows and ROM sign to make them clearer. Proper cropping this time. I think it looks a little straighter.

I did a bunch of LR tutorials and guess what? I have a bad memory. Or at the very least I need to keep this information on hand so I can refer to it when I need it, which is not unexpected at this stage of the game.

Nikon D3400 – F-stop: f/5.6 – Exposure time: 1/30 sec – ISO: 6400 – Focal length: 29mm – Max aperture: 4.1





Photography Practice


Photography practice. I wasn’t sure I’d have anything worth posting this early in the process of learning photography. I’ve been advised that the first 10,000 photos I take will be crap, however this one came out okay. I think

The horizon line is a little off, but I was able to hide that by taking the leaning lamp post out of the frame. One mistake I made was retouching this within Instagram itself, which I was advised not to do. It looks good when viewing it on IG through a mobile device, but looks grainy through a laptop and especially when compared to the original (which is below for comparison’s sake). I definitely won’t do that again.

_DSC0173I definitely like the Black and White photos, so will explore that some more. One of the things that I’ve realised I’m missing is having someone to critique my work. I can’t do this in isolation and need the feedback. So, that’s a problem I’ll have to solve in the short term and as I move forward.

The equipment I used plus settings are listed below:

Nikon D3400

F-stop: f/5.6

Exposure time: 1/30 sec

ISO: 6400

Focal length: 29mm

Max aperture: 4.1






Yasu – Toronto – December 10, 2016

One menu option, a prix fixe Japanese omakase (chef’s choice) of 20 sushi pieces in small digs.
Address: 81 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G4

Google reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars




Miku – Toronto – March 4, 2017

Flame-seared sushi is the specialty at this Japanese fine-dining destination with soaring ceilings.
Address: 10 Bay St # 105, Toronto, ON M5J 2R8


Google reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars



Byblos – Toronto – February 18, 2017

Luxe, 2-story restaurant putting a contemporary spin on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine & cocktails.
Address: 11 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5V 3M2


Google reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars