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Picture Sizes

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1.  The question that I asked about your preference for picture sizes on the EdinPhoto site.

2.  The replies I received  -  not a lot, but they were all consistent.

3.  My conclusions

This page ends with a brief note on the responses to two earlier questions that I asked about the EdinPhoto web site in December 2013 and the responses that I received.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 11, 2014

 

Question

"Are you happy with the size of pictures

that I've been adding to the

EdinPhoto web site ?"

If you'd like to comment, please email me.  Thank you.

 

Background

I'm asking this question because I'm aware that people are now viewing the EdinPhoto web site on a wide variety of hardware.

If the sizes of pictures that Im currently adding to the web site suit your needs I'd like to hear.  If not, it would be good to hear, so that I can decide whether or not I should do anything differently.

Picture sizes

1. The normal size of picture that I add to the web site is 640 pixels on its longest side.

2.  Often, that is the only picture that I add to the site, but where I feel that the picture might: have more impact if larger, or where I feel that more detail might be seen on a larger picture, I'll sometimes also add a larger copy to the web site, usually either 1024 or 1400 pixels for the longest side.

3.  Where I do add larger images to the web site, I  always add the smaller (640 pixel) size image to the site as well in the belief that the smaller size might be the only size that will be appropriate for some people.  The first link that I provide points to the smaller size photo, leaving the viewer to click on a 'view larger photo' link if they wish to.

4.  I've given, below, some examples of the three sizes that I've mentioned above.  I hope these will be helpful to you:

-  Photos 1 + 2 are 640 pixels for the longest side.

-  Photos 3 + 4 are 1024 pixels for the longest side.

-  Photos 5 + 6 are 1400 pixels for the longest side.

 

5.  I look forward to hearing from you if you have any comments that you'd like to email to me.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 1, 2014

Replies

Thank you to those who have replied to this question.

Here are the replies that I've received so far.

Photo

1.

640 pixels wide

Edinburgh's Christmas 2013  -  The Edinburgh Wheel in East Princes Street Gardens

©   Please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                  Photo taken November 25, 2013

Photo

2.

640 pixels wide +high

Edinburgh's Christmas 2013  -  The Edinburgh Wheel in East Princes Street Gardens

©   Please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                     Photo taken December 9, 2013

Photo

3.

1024 pixels wide

©   Please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo taken November 25, 2013

Photo

4.

1024 pixels wide + high

©   Please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo taken December 9, 2013

 

Photo

5.

1400 pixels wide

Edinburgh's Christmas 2013  -  The Edinburgh Wheel in East Princes Street Gardens

©   Please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo taken November 25, 2013

Photo

6.

1400 pixels wide + high

Edinburgh's Christmas 2013  -  The Edinburgh Wheel in East Princes Street Gardens

©   Please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo taken December 9, 2013

  

Replies

received to the question:

"Are you happy with the size of pictures

that I've been adding to the

EdinPhoto web site?"

Not a lot of people replied.  I hope this indicates that most people are not experiencing any problems with the resolution of the images that I've been showing on the EdinPhoto web site.

The replies are below.  Those who did reply all expressed enthusiasm for large images.

1.

Robert Laird
Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

 

"Hi Peter,

When I look at the 1400 pixel example of a picture, it is amazing.

Unless it screws things up I would say the higher resolution would get my vote."

 

2.

Simon Capaldi
Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Scotland

"Peter:

I prefer the 1024 and 1400 pixels."

3.

Liz Miller
Jersey, Channel Islands

"Hi Peter:

I find the photos are fine for me, though I do like to look at the larger ones when they are available

Iím usually looking at them on a Samsung notepad, not a laptop or full PC.

4.

Bob Henderson
Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

"Hi Peter:

I use a desk top with a 19 inch monitor and I find the pictures just right for me, both sizes that is.

I feel that you have it just right in your choices of when to use the larger size as I find that in the main these are the ones I personally would like to see in greater detail. e.g. old shop windows, groups of people etc."

5.

Dave McDougall
Edinburgh

"Dear Peter:

Larger photographs?  Yes please!

Personally, I'd like much larger photographs.

I believe that PCs generally now are usually running in quite high resolutions (even my laptop is running at 1600x900) and this makes low resolution (eg 640) photographs appear very small on the computer screen.

If it is possible therefore to post photos at higher resolutions (without loss of quality) then I'd like them to be as high as possible.

An interesting site that I browse for historical photographs is http://www.shorpy.com/ I appreciate that possibly not all photographs can be reproduced to the quality/size of photos shown there"

Dave:

Thanks for your comments above and for the link to the Shorpy web site. 

Certainly, left-clicking on one of the images on the  Shorpy site to enlarge it shows how much more impact a large, high resolution image can have, compared to a small one.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 5, 2013

6.

Allan Dodds
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

"Hi Peter:

I prefer the 1,400 pixel size"

Any More Replies?

Please email me  (peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk) if you have any views that you'd like to pass on to me.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 2, 2013

 

Conclusions

reached after reading your replies to the question:

"Are you happy with the size of pictures ... ?"

The replies are below.  Those who did reply all expressed enthusiasm for large images.

1.

The small number of replies received, and the absence of any criticism, suggests to me that viewers are NOT having any major problems with the pictures as they are currently displayed on the web site.

So, I'll not make any major changes to the resolution of the pictures that I display.  The 'normal' resolution that I'll continue to display will be 640 pixels for the longest side.

2.

I was interested to read some people's enthusiasm for larger images, and I can understand this when I look at large images on some other sites such as the  Shorpy site mentioned by Dave McDougall in his reply above.

So, especially where I feel that more information might be obtained from a larger image (e.g. some of the maps) or where a larger image might have significantly more impact, I'll display the image at 1400 pixels, or in some cases at 1920 pixels, for the longest size.

Note

Since I created the EdinPhoto web site, over ten years ago, there have been some significant changers in the screens that are used to view web sites. The two trends below are pulling in different directions:

(a)  More use is now being made of mobile phones and tablets.  These, especially the phones, are likely to have screens with fairly low resolutions.

(a)  For those who continue to use Desktop and Laptop PC, Apple Macs, etc, the resolution of screens has been increasing.  Now, almost  10% of screens in use have a display size of either 1920x1080 or 1920x11200 pixels. Hence my choice of 1920 pixels above fr the largest size that I've chosen above.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 11, 2014

Earlier Questions

and

Replies

Website and Guestbook

Thank you to all who replied to the two questions that I asked about the EdinPhoto web site in December  2013.  Your answers on both questions have been helpful.  I've now taken them into account as I go forward with the web site.

There was close agreement between all your answers on both questions.  Please see below.

Q.1.

Should I re-design the web site.

'No'

Q.2.

Can we stop adding new entries to the guestbook?

'Yes'

I've now taken account of your replies.

 

 

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