1. Excellent post, thank you for sharing! For those who don’t want to go back in to PhotoShop you can use a program called Smushit. It’s an online program that will go in to your website and optimize all your images for you.

    I’m not sure I agree with the idea of removing all the metadata. However, I do optimize in PhotoShop and select the option to save everything except camera info. I think it’s important to add image title, description, and even keywords along with your copyright information. Leaving that data will help you not only protect your images, it also help you track them on the internet, and it will help with making them searchable and draw traffic to your site.

    • Thank you for the tip, I hadn’t heard of that before.
      I think it is up to you which way you go with the metadata. I don’t tend to worry about it, I figure people will only have the low res image, I have the high res, I have more proof the image is mine. Well, if it came to that.

  2. At last—explanations even I can understand, real English, not Geek-speak.

    Thanks for that~!

  3. What a helpful post, Leanne. You’ve clearly touched a chord, based on the number of comments you’ve received!

    I also only upload reduced-size images to my various blogs; the longest side has ranged from 800 to 1200 pixels, depending on what I need them for (header images often need to be a bit larger). Changing themes, though, can really mess things up when it comes to the photos, with some themes needing larger images than others.

    I haven’t figured out how to remove meta data (I don’t have Photoshop), and in fact, some themes (Duotone, for instance) automatically include the meta data. Actually, I appreciate it when people leave their meta data in, as it allows me to see what settings they’ve used to get their pictures. If you’re still learning, that’s very helpful.

    But I so agree with your thoughts on the theft of images. It’s upsetting. I don’t mind if people want to use my images, but please have the courtesy to ask for permission and credit my name/blog when you post it. By the way – http://www.tineye.com/ allows you to search for versions of your images online, if you have the time!

    Interestingly, I have had a couple of people email me to ask for higher resolution versions of images, e.g. for an article, an academic journal paper, an environmental study, a thesis… That was pretty cool! Even when there’s no monetary compensation, it’s still nice to receive the acknowledgement.

    • I have used tineye, though I tend to use Google image search, they are both good. It is an interesting I agree, and something that everyone should be aware of. Good luck with your images and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Thank you for the informative post. I’ve just launched a photography blog and I was thinking about this, but didn’t bother to resize. I certainly will start doing so now.

    • It is a good idea to do, for all the reasons I said. Good luck with your photography blog and thanks for commenting.

  5. What a useful post! So many people seem to struggle with image sizes, when posting to the web or a blog. Nothing more frustrating than pages that take ages to load because every image is 3-4Mb (except, perhaps, thumbnails that link to images which are no bigger than the thumbnails)…
    My tip, FWIW: set your desired image width in the Photoshop (Elements) Crop tool – 800px or whatever. Use the tool to crop (i.e. recompose) and resize all in one step (and don’t forget a very subtle sharpen afterwards). Don’t worry about dpi – if it’s 800 pixels wide, that’s all there is to print from, regardless of dpi info stored in the file.

    • I agree Geoff, it is very frustrating.
      That is great advice there, and I am sure others will appreciate it. Some others have said it makes no difference if you change the dpi, I don’t worry about it. Thank you.

  6. What a great post. This makes so much sense, not only in terms of upload speed for viewers, but also from a “copy & paste” perspective as well. My images have been between two and three megs per photo; so it probably takes “awhile” before the whole post “settles in”.

    All my processing goes through iPiccy (talk about “labor intensive”). In the future, I’ll just save the full size one, make a dupe and then downsize that image to just above the “breaking point”, then use that one for the post.

    You have opened my eyes; for, I haven’t thought about sizing in that way.

    “Bravo Zulu” ….. “FOGGY”

    • I am so glad it helped you, it is good to write something that makes sense, I always worry that people think I am going on and one. It is a good thing to resize for all those reasons, and I am so happy you enjoyed the post. Thank you.

  7. Zeta.N says

    I usually chose what images may have huge resolution and proper size. Some of them are so small, but it is simply because I do not want others to “steal” those. Many times people just take pictures and do not credit you (or ask you at least…).

  8. Nice to see I’m not the only one reducing the size of their images to manage space! I see some photo blogs that have whopping enormous images, but I’m at the other extreme, having used only 1% of my 13GB in a little over 2 years. I settled on a size of 1024×768 for most photos, which typically yields a file size of under 500KB. Another way to manage space usage is to place photos together in galleries. The photos look nice in the gallery slideshow, and if the initial post had a gallery of six photos, for example, I can later delete several of them to regain some space without significantly changing the post.

    • I have used up a similar amount of space, I think mine is 2 or 3 percent, but over 3 and half years. I make my images smaller than you, and have reduced the quality so much, so that you can view them here, but that is about it. Thanks for the tops as well John, I appreciate it.

  9. Thanks for the info. I’ll have to check my Picasa settings. Much of my blog content is photos and I have used varying sizes. I never paid particular attention to it before now. I certainly don’t want to run out of space.

    • I don’t know how it works with Picasa, I don’t use it. You can find out how much you have used by going to the dashboard and clicking on media, it should appear across the top.

  10. thanks for visiting my blog and this post of yours was very informative…i never thought about anybody else stealing my pics or the space on wordpress. thanks for sharing. i am going to follow your advice.

  11. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    Thank you for this. As a newcomer to blogging I was
    thinking in terms of aesthetics.

    To some extent all of my images are resized as I shoot RAW files but I was posting Tiff files.

    I suspected I was doing something wrong when a friend sent me a note that read ‘OMG!! what are you doing, protect yourself, man!”

    And I’m no newcomer to the internet so I really do know the internet maxim, : “That which can be stolen will be stolen.”

    • You are welcome Robert. It is something to think about, the space on WordPress is limited, and I don’t think a lot of people realise that. Thanks

  12. Good post. I’ve been uploading my photos as they come, ie far too large. I’m going to re-size now, an extra step but doesn’t take that long, does it? I’ve got plenty of wordpress space left, but I don’t like the idea of someone taking credit for my work. Been toying with the idea of watermarking, but I think that detracts from the photo too much.

    • Thank you Andrew, there are many reasons for resizing, and I think it is just a good thing to do. I don’t want people taking credit for mine either. I watermark, I do what I can to protect my property, I know it can be distracting, but so is stealing, that is just the way I look at it.

  13. torrentephotos says

    hey Leanne. thanks for checking out my work. glad you liked it. this post is so interesting for me. i just sold my rolleiflex last year and continue to struggle with pixels and all that stuff. somehow my brain doesn’t work that way. but i’ll keep trying. looking forward to seeing more of your photos. JT

    • It can take a bit of getting used to, going digital, but I am sure you will get there. Pixels are just sizes of the images really. Perhaps trying using measurements instead. Good luck with it all. Thanks

  14. Incredibly useful post, thanks very much… I have been struggling with space due to my 4000×2500 image uploads – lesson learned :)

      • I was directed to it from another blogger as (you may have seen my post yesterday) I have a real issue with my storage space :(

      • Yes storage space on WordPress is very limited, I hope now that you are aware of it now you will resize, it can be a pain, but so much in the long run. Good luck.

      • Yes, and thanks. I have decided to go for 1000 px max so if I ever change my theme, then I should never have an issue with full width coverage, but at the same time the file sizes are 120-275kb so far, which is fine for me, and already allows 10x more images for the same space :)

      • If you also save it as a jpeg and turn down the quality to about 7 you get an even smaller file size, doesn’t affect the image, but makes it harder for people to use elsewhere.

      • I only use jpeg as that is what my camera does – me non-professional :) Without asking a stoopid Q, what do mean by “turn down the quality to about 7 “? (dpi is 72)

      • When you save it, sometimes you will get asked about the quality of the jpeg, what software do you use?

      • err…

        Up until yesterday, zilch. I only plugged the card in and uploaded to my PC and then to WP.

        As of yesterday, I started IrfanView (recommended by fellow blogger, Dennis). That has every setting going, so will have to have a look…

      • I don’t know that software, there are some good ones around that are free, GIMP is quite good and you can do quite a bit on it. Picassa, I think it is called it also free, though it will reorganise your files for you. I think you just have to try out things and see how you go. I use Lightroom and Photoshop, though I did use GIMP for many years.

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