Samsung’s Exclusive Galaxy S24 HDR Photo Feature Now Available to iPhone Users

The most recent Galaxy S24 series from Samsung was launched with the exclusive feature to upload and showcase “Super HDR” images on Instagram. Presently, iPhone users can also take part in this feature, with the addition of support for HDR Instagram images beginning to surface on iOS gadgets.

High dynamic range (HDR) Jpegs include added embedded data, referred to as a gain map, offering a much wider range of brightness levels (and optional extra color detail) compared to a standard Jpeg file. These photos can display a brighter, more authentic appearance when viewed on HDR-capable screens, such as current flagship smartphones, Apple Macbooks, and Windows PCs with HDR monitors. You can see sample HDR Instagram images here or on my Instagram profile (link provided below).

While Instagram has supported HDR videos since the iPhone 12, the support for HDR images is just starting to emerge now, officially limited to the Samsung Galaxy S24 series at the moment.

However, unofficially, there are ways to upload HDR images to Instagram without the need for a Galaxy S24.

iPhones can now share HDR images on Instagram, as well

The great news for Apple users is that the support for Instagram HDR images has discreetly been integrated into the iPhone. As recently uncovered by photographer and instructor Greg Benz of Greg Benz Photography, uploading an HDR image on Instagram from a compatible iPhone now exhibits an HDR picture in the Instagram app. Fortunate iPhone users can also enjoy HDR Instagram photos uploaded from other devices with full HDR quality. According to Benz, HDR photos must be captured using the native iOS camera app rather than the camera feature within the Instagram app for this functionality to work.

You can upload HDR pictures to Instagram from your desktop web browser

If you don’t have access to a recent iPhone or Galaxy S24 device, you can still share and view HDR pictures on Instagram utilizing a Chromium-based browser on a compatible PC or Mac. This gives you the opportunity to utilize tools like Adobe Lightroom for editing photographs taken on any device and displaying them on Instagram in HDR mode—with a few significant caveats.

Uploading to Instagram from a desktop web browser is straightforward; simply log in to Instagram.com and click on the Create (+) button. Then, drag and drop your photo into the window for upload. If your photo is appropriately formatted for HDR, Instagram will accept and process it as HDR for display.

If the HDR effect vanishes while creating your post, don’t fret; it will reappear once the process is completed. Refrain from adding filters to your post; presently, they are not compatible with HDR images unless you are using a compatible smartphone.

Only Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome or Brave are presently compatible with Ultra HDR images. Other widely used browsers like Safari or Firefox are not operational at the moment.

Additional adjustments often necessary

Regrettably, Instagram is currently stringent regarding the HDR image files it accepts. HDR pictures that appear perfectly on local screens may still be incompatible when uploaded to Instagram without modifications.

For instance, when uploading HDR images captured with a Galaxy S24 (or now, iPhone) using your desktop browser, the process should function smoothly. Nevertheless, photos exported from other applications, like Adobe Lightroom, often do not. In many cases, incompatible files are generated that display accurately in HDR on your local device but not once uploaded to Instagram.

To enhance the likelihood of your HDR upload succeeding, stick to monochrome images or employ Google’s freely accessible libultrahdr code to process your images prior to uploading (although its usage exceeds the scope of this article).

How to Post HDR pictures on Instagram, captured on non-Samsung gadgets, through a Galaxy S24-series smartphone

If you are fortunate enough to own a Samsung S24 series phone, easily upload HDR pictures on Instagram that were taken on different cameras and edited with HDR-compatible software like Adobe Lightroom.

To achieve this, transfer your HDR Jpeg file to your Galaxy S24 device and edit it in the Samsung Gallery app. Sharing the outcome directly from the Gallery app to Instagram should ensure a successful HDR upload.

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