Because Instagram is an iOS app, the vast majority of photos posted are taken with the camera built into the iPhone. But if your best pics are taken with a different camera you can post those to Instagram too.

The quality of the photographs the iPhone camera takes – especially the 8 megapixel iPhone 4S – is pretty remarkable. But the quality still can’t compare to that of a digital SLR camera and all the great lenses and lighting options they provide.

Here’s how to get photos from another camera to Instagram using a PC

  1. Connect the camera to the PC’s USB port and let Windows automatically import them into your /libraries/documents/Pictures folder. When those pictures have been imported…
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC’s USB port
  3. The iTunes program should start automatically, but if not fire it up manually
  4. On the left side of iTunes under the Devices heading, click on your iPhone.
  5. The screen should change so that there new menu items just above the main content window, including one for “Photos” Click that.
  6. On the next screen, you’ll have the option to Sync photos from… Select “My Pictures.” Below that, select “Selected folders” Below that under “Folders” select the folder containing the pics you want to post to Instagram. Then click the “Sync” button in the bottom right corner of the window. That should upload all the pics in that folder to your iPhone.
  7. Go to your iPhone and open the Instagram app. Click the “Share” button at the bottom. Then click the icon on the bottom left that looks like 2 overlapping squares. That should bring you to the Photos directory of your iPhone’s memory. You should see the folder there that you just sync’d.
  8. Share away!

If you have a lot of high resolution photos and don’t want to upload all of them to your iPhone or you plan to share pics from another camera regularly, another option would be to create an “Instagram” folder in your computer’s documents/pictures folder. Then copy the photos you want to post to IG into that folder, sync that folder every time, and delete the pics from that folder after they’ve been shared.

That’s how I do it. If you’ve got an easier way, post it in the comments.

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I don’t have much new to report since Wednesday’s IG post except my trends are continuing – network score up another 3 points in 2 days, up to 650+ followers. I’m still anxious to try some of the other apps & filters some of you recommended on Monday. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to do that this weekend.

How about you? Are you trying anything new on Instagram as a result of this series? How’s it working for you?

– Paul

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