Photographers can be fussy about having their work shown at its best.
But when we upload to apps such as Facebook or Instagram, those applications optimise images for their platforms, and often reduce the file size – which degrades the quality of the file.
Screenshots from mobile devices also degrades the image quality.
After we shoot, I’ll normally send you a DropBox link to a folder with your images.
This may link to either :
- ‘Proof’ images – which haven’t been post-processed, and are for you to select your favourites.
Please don’t share these publicly
- “Shareable” images, which are the finished images you can download and share on social media.
(You can tell which is which by the watermark on the image.)
DropBox is “cloud” storage, so images are stored on the internet and can be accessed at any time.
You can just follow the link to see the images, or you can sign up to DropBox (at the time I write, you can get 5gb storage for free), which will let you share images or files of your own. If you’re modelling regularly, then it’s a good idea to sign up – other photographers share with DropBox as well.
It may seem like a bit of a faff at first, but once you’re used to it, it gets much easier.
If you’re using a mobile device, then you can download a DropBox app, which gives you a bit more functionality.
You may prefer to use your phone or tablet if you’re planning to load to Instagram – it doesn’t really like desktop computers 🙁
To let me know your selections, you can comment on the image – Just put a “This one, please”, or a 🙂 or a <3 in the comments
In a browser,
From the folder view : click on the three dots on the right of the screen and choose “Add comment”
From the individual image view, there’s a comments section at the bottom of the screen
Downloading Shareable images
From a web browser …
To download an image from a web browser, you can select the images from the folder view (hover over the images, and a checkbox appears), then click the “download”button.
From the individual image view, you can click on the dots again, and an option to download will be available.
From the DropBox App
(these shots are from the iPad, but the Android app should work in a similar way)
Click on the link I’ve given you.
Your device may take you to the Dropbox site, but will then ask if you want to open in the DropBox app – click the button.
From the app, select the image you want to download, and click on the options button in the top right corner. Select “Export”.
This will bring up a number of options. Select the “Save image” option, and the image will be added to the photos on your device – you can then upload them to Instagram 🙂