I’m not sure whether too many people noticed but a few weeks back, this blog briefly went offline. I had got a warning email from my hosting company that I had some content on the site that was not consistent with my plan. One of those files was an old file I had stored there to share with someone so I deleted it. The other was a folder that a backup plugin uses to create temporary files that are then sent to a cloud service. I left that one alone.
I got a second email with a similar warning, despite the first file having been deleted but discovered that the account was already suspended. There then followed a fair bit if discussion with their tech support to give me enough access to allow me to actually delete the files. When I got in via FTP, I came to see their worry. The backup folder is supposed to be emptied after the files are copied off. That is happening fine now but there were two years of daily backups sitting in there that never got deleted. Over 4,00 zip files with a huge amount of data in them. No wonder they were annoyed.
Deleting them took a while to do, not least because they took longer than the temporary access period I had been granted so we had a few cycles of getting back in again. However, they all got removed eventually and I was allowed to go back to normal.
I am a latecomer to Instagram. I have had an account for quite a while but I did not use it much and certainly did not spend much time checking it out. One of the reasons was that it was too bloody difficult to use. It wanted to use pictures on my phone so I had to have either taken them on my phone or processed them and migrated them to the phone to upload them. This was more hassle than I could be bothered with. Then someone created LR Instagram.
This is a plugin for Lightroom that allows you to post directly to your Instagram account from within Lightroom. This changes everything. After installing the plugin (and I made a donation towards it to give me unrestricted access), you have a publish collection available in the Library Mode where you can add images to your account. I have also set it up to use the keywords as hash tags which can apparently increase the reach of the shots. Now I can add stuff to the account with ease. I tend to create a folder with shots I want to share on Instagram and then add them periodically. Things that are more current show up pretty quickly though. I don’t know why Instagram is so restrictive in the upload options and, since it is, I am not sure how this one made it through but I am glad it has.