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Posting images...
« on: May 27, 2013, 07:22:47 AM »
Every once in a while I see someone having a problem uploading images.  Usually (not always) the problem is due to the upload timing out because the file size is so big.

Because of the high resolution of cameras now, image files are usually 3-5 megabytes, often up to 10 megabytes.  These are good quality images for printing, but not for posting.  Besides taking longer to upload, they also take longer to view - especially for people with a slower connection.

Resizing images before posting (or emailing) is always a good idea.  It makes for faster (and easier) uploads, much faster viewing, and saves everybody's bandwidth.  Most images that are posted in a forum like this don't need to be over 720x480 pixels, or at most for more detail 1024x768 pixels.

Almost any image or graphics program can resize images, but the one I use the most for really quick resizing is IrfanView:

You can use it to resize a 4 megabyte image from a camera down to a 720x480 image with a size of around 60-100 kilobytes without any noticeable loss in quality for quick posting and emails.  That would make it about 40 times faster to upload or view.

Resizing an image takes about 5 seconds, but will save you a lot of upload time and everyone who views it a lot of download time.  And, if you're getting errors uploading sometimes, it will eliminate most of those errors...
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Re: Posting images...
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2013, 11:22:19 PM »
Alright, on request I just did a really quick and dirty video on resizing images with IrfanView for forum use.  Or anything else.

I didn't do any zooming in on this, everything should be recognizable.  I hope.  In any case, it should get you through resizing an image...
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Re: Posting images...
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 12:57:39 AM »
Just to quickly add to Joom's stuff, he's absolutely right about most cameras taking over-sized pictures, which are good for printing but suck for posting online.  For example, mine takes images at something like 3000-and-something x 2000-and-something... I have a pretty large monitor, and I can't even view the whole thing on it.  Thus, scaliing down is important when posting online.  A good, standard resolution to scale to is 640x480.  The picture is still large enough to be easily visible, but not ridiculously over-sized.

I personally use a program called Gimp, which an open-source piece of software (free to download and use) which is comparable to Photoshop.  Granted, it's a bit over-powered for simple re-sizing operations, but not all programs re-size the same (I won't get into the details of it, but some do it a stupid way, and others do it in a smart way).  I know that, when I use Gimp, it gets done the smart way.
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