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Photography Question 
Mary L. Lemley

Saving photos.

Does everyone still save their photos in jpeg, for gallery and contests?? Was just wondering because my photos seem soooooo soft after being uploaded into my gallery. MML.

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4/20/2012 10:50:58 PM

Thomas Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
  For web use, yes I always save in JPG. Never an issue with images processed to be sharp or in focus front to back. Here on BP, my Flickr stream and my Artistwebsite shopping gallery.

Curious as to why your upload this way.

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4/21/2012 6:38:22 AM

Thomas Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
  Just viewed your gallery. Honestly, everything seems to be just fine viewing your imagery from my PC monitor.

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4/21/2012 6:40:17 AM

Mary L. Lemley   Hi Thomas!!! Thank you for looking at my pics. I seem to always see a difference after editing, saving, then uploading to BP. They just don't look nearly as sharp as when I look at them in my program or just my monitor. When I first came on to BP they said upload a certain size and all, but I know some folks that don't reduce size or change anything, and their photos look so great. My monitor is 23 inches and I can see every little detail. Liked my OLD CRT!!! Thank you Mary Lemley.

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4/23/2012 8:43:09 PM

Bojan Bencic
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2005
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  Hi Mary,

It is a known issue on BP. When you upload a photo, BP will automatically resize your photo to 800 pixels on the long side. In this resizing you will loose some of the sharpness.
All the photos you see on BP are max. 800 px. on the long side.
Only thing you can do about it is to resize the photo yourself, apply final adjustments (sharpening) on this smaller photo, save and then upload.

Hope it helps,


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4/24/2012 1:57:45 AM

Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
  Bojan makes a great point---Mary, you didn't say what size file your upload JPG is, but you should try "pre-sizing" it to 800 pixels long-side first---then upload THAT jpg. (That lets you make any final sharpness or other tweaks, on the "BP-sized" jpg, before uploading.) If you're uploading a big, high-resolution file, and BP is shrinking it for you, you give up all your control over that resizing process, which could introduce softness.

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4/24/2012 5:22:06 AM

Mary L. Lemley   Thank you so much Bojan and Christopher...I will go back to doing that then. I've been on here so long that I forget about the orginal sizing. You've been a great help!!!! MaryL.

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4/24/2012 9:46:23 PM

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