Just a friendly reminder for everyone. Please try to keep your photos down to 800 pixels wide. When you post huge photos it distorts the forums viewing setup. Some of you guys have been posting really huge photos as of late. Thank You for you participation, we would not like having to remove anyone's photos.
At first when I joined recently and posted I added photos as attachments, within the Forum file size limit, which meant a picture of variable pixel width dependant on the detail level. This left the post with a single displayed thumbnail and it was queried by other members why I did this.
I noticed that other postings had multiple photos and much larger, so assumed I was going about posting shots the wrong way.
I changed to using Photobucket, where the full file is uploaded, and a copy suitable for posting is available to be copied into the posting, this version from Photobucket varies in size as usual with Jpegs. 1024, 900, 2000, it varies with content detail.
This allows multiple shots in a posting or reply, which I assume is OK.
I did not think about file size being too large as it displays as smaller than a lot of other postings use.
The forum software seemed to handle things, altering the size to fit, usually saying "reduced by 22%", leaving the choice off seeing the larger version. There appeared to be no delays etc, but I am on 60mb cable broadband, so it is difficult to compare with a slower connection.
What is the best advice, as obviously the intention is to show the picture as good as possible if comparisons or advice on an image is needed. I had very much assumed that because others were posting larger images, the size I posted at was acceptable.
I can upload an 800 pixel image to Photobucket, and then copy to post, as with this one. It still displays as 22% reduced and then if clicked upon, shows at 775 wide.
The alternative I used before was to just copy the digital file, (whatever size), to Photobucket and copy, as with this version of the same image, which also shows as 775 wide!!! I assume that when the image is transferred from Photobucket , the forum software adjusts the wide anyway, so why do larger images exist.....
So I am more than a little confused as how to ensure the image is always under the Forum limit, and if needed, how to exceed the limit when, or if, allowed.
The attachments I first made do result in a larger image, after the thumbnail it clicked, but are within the stated file size limit, have I got the correct method and procedure to suit the Forum?
For the web, I make reduced copies with longest side 500px, making them about postcard size on screen. Being of a somewhat paranoic disposition, I limit the JPG compression to grade 5, which leaves them useless if anyone tries to enlarge them.
Just a friendly reminder for everyone. Please try to keep your photos down to 800 pixels wide.
Is that also related to posting pictures via Flickr here ? If I choose "share", I get into a menu with the option "Grab the BB-Code" ... and I can choose some size. Is that related to your 800 pixel, Randy ? Sorry, I am such a computer idiot