DNG vs Native RAW
It’s best to use the native RAW format for your camera instead of converting to RAW.
- DNG is supposed to convert losslessly, but native raw formats are not documented.
- Special photo processing software from the camera maker requires the native format.
- Most native raw formats support lossless compression (a key benefit of DNG).
- Few cameras understand or save to DNG. Even then they often add extensions which requires special support (e.g. iPhone and ProRes)
Embedding the metadata instead of using an
.xmpsidecar file makes it difficult to ensure the photo is exactly the same as it was from the camera. It also makes it very annoying to use with file syncing software which does not properly diff binary file changes. E.g. a network file share to a NAS does significantly more work when managing the photos.
4:5 ratio = W 2160 x H 2700
|Square Photo||1:1||1080 x 1080px|
|Landscape Photo||1.91:1||1080 x 608px|
|Portrait Photo||4:5||1080 x 1350px|
|Instagram Stories||9:16||1080 x 1920px|
|IGTV Cover Photo||1:1.55||420 x 654px|
|Instagram Square Video||1:1||1080 x 1080px|
|Instagram Landscape Video||1.91:1||1080 x 608px|
|Instagram Portrait Video||4:5||1080 x 1350px|
Lightroom Export for Instagram
These are the Best Export Settings for Instagram in Lightroom:
- Image Crop: 4:5 ==Do before export==
- File format: JPEG
- Color Space: sRGB
- Quality: 100
- Image Sizing: Resize to fit: Width & Height. (W: 2160px H: 2700) ==Do not enlarge==
- Resolution: 72 pixels per inch
- Output Sharpening: Sharpen for Screen