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Little Black Dress on the Loading Dock
Old 05-21-2006, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Re: Little Black Dress on the Loading Dock
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Nice looking girl, but to me neither photo appears sharp.
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Re: Little Black Dress on the Loading Dock
Old 05-21-2006, 12:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You are correct. They look nice printed, and they look nice at 8 megapixels, but something is happening in the compression process. I was using 40%, to get the files fairly small.

What compression levels do most folks use to post on G1?

What is considered an appropriate file size (KBs)?
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Old 05-21-2006, 03:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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dude, i checked out all the images you posted and you seem to be having focus issues in all of them. basically, that immediately puts the breaks on my appreciation for the model and the images.
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Re: Little Black Dress on the Loading Dock
Old 05-21-2006, 04:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is a bit distracting that the photos lack focus.

Are you familiar with un-sharp mask? When you take a full-sized image down to web-sized you'll need to un-sharp mask it...even if you sharpened it for printing.

And it does seem that maybe you're compressing a bit too much.
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I really don't think that compression level is the issue here. All of your posts really look either like out of focus or blur due to camera movement.

But in a nutshell, for posting to the web, I use Fred Miranda's WPPro plugin to resize the images, then convert them to sRBG mode and with SaveForWeb, optimize the images for 140k. That gives me results I'm happy with and the file size never exceeds 140k.

When resizing the images I tend to keep them smaller than what you've presented, for a couple of reasons: First I feel that any image, even the most incredible one, looses impact if the viewer can't see the entire image without scrolling around. And other than for us photo fanatics, the most common screen resolution in use today is STILL 1024x768. And from that size we need to allow space for the title, menu, tool, address and possibly status bars. Leaving a lot less than 768 in the vertical measurement. So I size my portrait images no higher than 600 pixels and my landscapes to 700 wide. The second reason I use a smaller size is that I feel it's the best compromise between presenting an image favorably and making a file large enough for someone to rip off (even happens with my smaller sizes) and print. Added benefit is that a smaller pixel size file can be higher quality without getting too large in k's.

Hope this helps...
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Old 05-22-2006, 02:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with all of the above, the first image is soft but the second one is softer till I checked my glasses and moved closer to the screen. Need the unsharp in PS2
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You are correct. They look nice printed, and they look nice at 8 megapixels, but something is happening in the compression process. I was using 40%, to get the files fairly small.

What compression levels do most folks use to post on G1?

What is considered an appropriate file size (KBs)?
Your problem is that the images are softened when you reduce their size (read: number of pixels). In order to make the images sharp again, you need to use a tool called "unsharp mask." You can play with the setting to your heart's content, but I find that the following works well for my glamour work:
radius = 0.8
amount = 80
clipping = 4

I feel certain there's a tutorial on this somewhere...but it was faster to type this than look it up.

As for compression, I usually use level 10. That gets the files to reasonable sizes, and doesn't show any visible signs of compression.

I'd recommend that you keep your web-viewable file sizes to 150 kB or less. Some portfolio systems limit you to much less. That other model spot limits you to 50kb, which can be tough.
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