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Image Resolution: A Web Designer’s Perspective.
In the photo club we are dealing with three very different situations with our images. Each situation has it’s own conditions and considerations that we need to respect. Here’s how I see it…
Photo Prints: For printing photos we want the maximum data in our image file in order to maximize the image quality when printed.
For best results our files should be 300 ppi (Pixels Per Inch), meaning it is set to print at 300 dpi (Dots Per Inch). Expect the file size to be large–around 5MB (Mega Bytes) or much more. For printing: Bigger is usually Better!
Competitions/Showcase: For quality screen display the dpi–or more accurately, PPI (Pixels Per Inch) is irrelevant.
What’s important here is that our image is as close as possible–but not more than, the set limits: 1400 x 1050 pixels and 1.8MB. Once resized you can adjust the resulting file size by changing the jpeg quality as needed. E.g. Photoshop CC – Quality 8 through 12 (60% to 100% in other programs). CAPA recommends a minimum setting of 9 (70%).
Website Galleries: Preparing images for the web presents a different set of challenges. In web design file size is a major concern.
Large files–as mentioned above, simply take up too much space on the server. Times 1.8MB by around 2000+ images and, well…you get the picture. This can have a negative affect on web page load time, site backups and system resources–all necessary considerations for good web design.
A 1.8 MB image reduced to 800 x 600 pixels and saved with a jpeg Quality 10 or 80% will be around 186 KBs and will display just as well as the much larger files, while allowing the website to function smoothly and efficiently.
I prepare images for our website with the long standing, professional standard for web graphics: Adobe Fireworks (a web designers “Photoshop”). An 800 x 600 px image exported at 80% Quality will seldom be more than 200KB and usually less than 100KB…just right!
Example: I recently ran our website banner image through Fireworks. It was 1.4MB and is now a mere 24KB. Do you see a difference? It’s still a great shot and it certainly loads much faster!
KPAC Members Directory.
The Members Directory is a feature of our website designed to facilitate communication, interaction and community building within our club.
Club members and followers can contact each other through the “Contact” link for each individual listed in our directory. This contact form has built in spambot protection and does not reveal your email address—a very safe and secure system.
You cannot send attachments through the Members Directory link. However, once a contact has been made and replied to, you will have the members direct email address for future communication and exchanging attachments if desired.
Member Photo Submissions:
- – Submit photos for Showcase.
- – Submit photos for Member Galleries
- – CAPA and local competition photos.
Note: Email addresses displayed on this site are not clickable links. Type the address into your email client and save it to your contact list for future use. Email links would be more convenient, but they leave the site open to spam bots and invite unwanted email spam.
Before Submitting Photos: Take a moment to review the appropriate Submission Instructions or Guide. Please ensure that your photos are prepared correctly and submit your finished work just one time! This would be greatly appreciated.
Club Member Profile:
New and not-so-new members alike are encouraged to introduce themselves via a short presentation at a club meeting. Profiles should be limited to 2 or 3 minutes.
The objective of the member profile is to share some information about yourself so new club members (and the 80 or so existing club members) know a bit more about you. These informal introductions will help the new club members feel like they are getting to know everyone, and existing club members are kept up-to-date on anything new.
Suggested topics to cover in a Club Member Profile:
- Introduce yourself.
- A little bit about yourself: (work, recreation & other activities).
- Type of camera & equipment (explain your choices).
- Photo processing software used and skill level (Photoshop, Elements, Light Room, etc.).
- Areas of photographic interests.
- What you are currently working on or looking to try in the next year.
- What you’d like to learn at the club this year.
- As a club member is there anything you would like to help with or get involved in?
- Questions from members.
Contact the Program Chair (Director), to schedule a time for your profile. See Download Documents for PDF version of this outline.