WordPress error uploading photos on nginx: “client intended to send too large body”

Attempting to upload some new photos between around 3 to 5MB, the majority of the uploads failed, and this error was occurring repeatedly in my nginx error.log:

2018/08/06 07:18:37 [error] 43#0: *5 client intended to send too large body: 3125530 bytes

Based on this tip from here, the solution was to increase the default POST body size config with this setting in my nginx.conf:

client_max_body_size 5M;

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