Downsizing Photos For The Internet

United States
January 10, 2010 1:20pm CST
When publishing your pictures on a website or e-mailing, do you downsize or reduce the file size of your photos? I always do, except when submitting to microstock photography sites. The resolutions most of us have our computers set at, won't even accommodate the full size of a high megapixel photograph. The large megabyte files are frustrating to anyone with a slow connection waiting for a single picture to load. High MP photos are meant for printing quality pictures, not necessarily for viewing on a computer screen. Downsizing photos is also a good way to protect your copyright. Anyone can 'steal' an image off the internet without permission, but because reducing file sizes also reduces quality, they would be of little use to anyone except for viewing on the web. I have even reduced my pictures to as small as 400x300, depending on the website and use. (BTW, I always keep the original file in all its full size and glory; I only downsize copies.)
1 response
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
10 Jan 10
I always downsize before I publish, sometimes I also reduce the quality of the picture so it looks good on screen but can't be printed. I also add watermarks, depending on where I publish them.