by In Wales
Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 05:04:45 AM EST
In the very exciting premiere edition of the Wednesday Photography Blog the question was raised as to whether people are able to access graphics heavy diaries and threads without freezing up their computers.
Suggestions are included below to generate some discussion.
*Update [2007-9-7 13:35:51 by In Wales]:* Poll added to see what people's net connections/loading speeds are like.
Afew put forward the suggestion to try to keep photos at maximum of 600 pixels in width and no more than 100kb in file size, which was deemed to be fairly sensible by most of us.
Unless the page ends up with hundreds of photos, then hopefully even people with slow servers or dial up will still be able to access the photography blogs.
The first thing is, it's not the pixel size that determines loading time, it's the Kb size - in other words, picture quality.
If your original photo is, say, 800 x 600 (top limit for free accounts on Photobucket), and you post it with width="400", you'll get a smaller display but the browser still has to load all the bytes of the original, and that may be quite a lot.
The best thing is to do a reduced copy using a photo editor (Irfanview is free and adequate). Specify the width you want (can be 500 or 600 for ET, 800 can push the column wide) and also try out lower quality settings till you get a perfectly good picture (to the naked eye), but for as few kilobytes as possible (certainly under 100 Kb).
Put the reduced and the good copies on your photo server. Post the reduced one into the diary as a link to the good one.
The html is:
< a href="[URL of the good pic]">< img src="[URL of the thumbnail]">< /a>
If you've pre-dimensioned your reduced pic at the required width, no need to use the width attribute in the img command.
It's very easy to copy the URLs from Photobucket (and, I presume, from other pic servers).
If you are not familiar with resizing photos and changing picture quality then this may seem a little confusing at first. But please ask any questions in this thread.
I resize my photos in Photoshop before I upload - when I save the file, I can choose the quality of the jpeg so that the kb size comes in under 100kb, or whatever size I wish. In my own diaries I put smaller thumbnails in for people to click on (photobucket generates these automatically), but people seem to want to see larger photos in the photoblog itself, rather than small thumbnails.
If you want to check the size of a saved photo, then right click on the file and go to properties and it will tell you how big the file size is.
If you don't have software on your computer for editing photos then free internet packages such as picassa and Irfanview can do this for you. If anyone wants to take us through how this works then please do.
Please feel free to discuss in this thread if you need more technical advice on editing photos and posting them.
I'd suggest sticking with 600 pixel width and less than 100kb file size and see how it goes. If people are finding they can't load the pages then we can look again at the format for the photoblogs. Does that work for people?