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Bobbi  S. Tomes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/27/2005

My images and this site, help!

My images look all pixely. I read about sizing them at 500x700 and 72 dpi on the better photo help and have done so for my last few images uploaded but they dont look any better to me. Could it just be my connection or monitor? Do they look clear to you guys? I am worried it is keeping me from getting comments and being considered for the contests. but then, a lot of the other images by other people I look at also look pixely, and sometimes they are clear as can be. I am confused.

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8/11/2005 4:58:21 PM

Joe Jarosz   Hi Bobbi, doesn't look pixely to me. It does look a little soft focused, but I'm guessing thats how you did the picture since its a portrait. Just some thoughts on uploading. Everything here is converted to a jpeg when you upload. They actually do some minor changes (add borders, things like that) when you upload. So if you upload a jpeg, and they make their changes and resave as a jpeg, you will lose some quality. Upload as a TIFF, that way when its resaved, you won't lose as much image quality going from TIFF to jpeg. Also are you cropping the images a lot? If you crop a lot, then resize, then they resave again, you will definately lose quality and it will look pixely.

Hope this helps.

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8/11/2005 5:10:21 PM

Michael H. Cothran   Your images look just fine on my monitor. None look "pixley." Your sizing is the recommended size, although I size mine a little smaller (400xwhatever@72ppi), thus allowing more viewers to view without having to scroll up & down, left & right to view the whole image. I hate that!!
You ask if the images look "clear" - yes they do look very clear. Sadly though, I do note that several are just plain out of focus, most likely camera shake.
Michael H. Cothran

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8/11/2005 5:14:00 PM

Michael H. Cothran   In an effort to help, I want to clarify that the images to which I refer as being out of focus or shaky are just that. This is not the same thing as being "soft," which is often intentional. Being out of focus, and being of soft focus are not related.
I do know there are lots of photographers, some I've read postings on this site, that try to pass off out of focus images as being "intentionally soft."
I would back step a little, and check out your shooting techniques to see if camera shake is the culprit, or if the focusing is just off. I do note one image of a teenage girl whose face is blurry, but the necklace seems to be a little sharper. This would of course be a focusing problem rather than camera shake, so it's just too hard to tell.
Michael H. Cothran

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8/11/2005 5:22:58 PM

Christina K. Whitehurst   my images also look pixely to me on my monitor as do yours maybe its our monitors
christina whitehurst

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8/13/2005 1:21:59 PM

Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  I am finding when I use the new uploader that my images aren't looking so swell . . . it's like they are distorting the size or something . .. I went back to using the old uploader and it seems to be better. . . the pics I was uploading had some issues so it coudl very well be just that and the change in uploader could be just my imagination!

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8/13/2005 8:37:37 PM

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