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How to upload photos to Instagram from your Mac

Hack your Instagram feed with photos from your DSLR.


Taylor Hatmaker


Posted on Apr 20, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 12:59 am CDT

Instagram‘s social code encourages IGers to post photos shot on mobile, but now it’s easier to cheat a little in the name of art. Up for Instagram is a lightweight little Mac app that makes uploading to Instagram from your computer a dead-simple process that only requires a few clicks. The app blends less casual (i.e. non-smartphone) digital photography with the ease of mobile sharing apps, a breath of fresh air for those of us with a few months worth of un-uploaded DSLR photos sitting around.

Taylor Hatmaker

The best part is that Up for Instagram handles the compression and image processing stuff with aplomb, preserving the DSLR-level quality of your desktop image upload while porting it over to mobile. You can see my original photo (shot with a Canon 60D) on Flickr—the Up for Instagram version looks just as crisp. 

Up for Instagram will set you back $1.99 in the Mac App Store, but if you need this particular one thing done and done well, it’s a small price to pay.

Illustration by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Apr 20, 2015, 3:40 pm CDT