When you take a picture with a digital camera, the resulting photo is quite large. On my camera, the large photos are 3072 pixels wide by 2304 pixels high. For prints, one needs that large size. However, if I put that on my browser without reducing the size, it would be way too big. And take a while to load. So I like to put up a photo that is a size that I need, not that large original size. One can often let your blog software do the reduction in size. But you may find that those posts take a while to load.
What is a good size for a photo (one to be displayed on the web)?
If you are displaying a photo on the web, you are best off picking a suitable size for the photo. I often make photos 520 pixels wide when I display them on my blog. Your column for content on your blog may be narrower, so you may want to experiment a bit to find the ideal size for your blog. When I display them alone I will often choose 800 pixels wide. Here’s an example:
This image is 520 pixels wide. If you click on it, it will appear 800 pixels wide and without the blog header or side bar.
A convenient way to post several photos on one blog post is to use thumbnails. A thumbnail can be 50×50 pixels, 80×80 pixels, 100×150 pixels; there’s no set size. The idea is to get a glimpse of the photo and encourage the reader to click on it to see it larger:
How does one get photos to be in a preferred size?
The best way to get a photo in a certain size is use photo editing software. I use Photoshop, but you can use a less expensive product (see top 10 photo editing software 2008) and still get many features. You can also use free tools, such as Picasa (do a Picasa Export on the photo and it will allow you to type in a different size for your photo).
Here’s a quick and easy way using Flickr (you might be able to do something similar with Photobucket or SmugMug) to get a photo in several different sizes, so you can choose the one you want for your blog post.
- Open an account on Flickr, if you don’t already have one.
- Upload your photo (or 2 or 3).
- If you click on “All Sizes”, Flickr will display the photo at a variety of sizes. As an example, you can see my leaves photo at a variety of sizes. Right click on the one you want for your post, save that image, and upload it to your blog post.
- You can just use the thumb or small size, and then link it in your post to your Flickr account so viewers can see the larger size. OR
- You can choose the larger size, and let your blog software offer choices of sizes (in WordPress, one can choose Full, Medium, or Thumbnail).
Please let me know if you find any of this helpful or if you would like to me clarify any of this. Or if you want me to post on a related topic. Or if you have further suggestions for readers on this topic. Recommendations for others on photo editing software would be helpful; if I get enough of those comments, I can later put them in a post.