It may seem that resizing your photos is boring and unnecessary editing. Why should you do it when everyone’s looking for the highest resolution possible? It also takes a lot of time, especially if you have many images to edit. Well, there are some very good reasons why you should consider cropping and resizing your photos. And don’t worry, some image editors have a batch processing and you can resize multiple images at once. Here are the most important five reasons to resize your photos.
Fixing composition issues
For those doing candid and street photography having unwanted objects in your photos isn’t something new. It’s almost impossible to have a snapshot without objects or people awkwardly cut at the edge of the frame. These pictures need cropping to make them ready for exhibitions and websites. Make sure you use the same aspect ratio and don’t affect the other elements of the photo.
Clients can require specific dimensions, especially if you do stock photographs, work for magazines, or collaborate with web designers. They can impose the format, aspect ratio, and dimensions. Moreover, clients can ask for several dimensions of the same photo. If you want to preserve your artistic vision, it’s better to resize the photos yourself before delivering. Pay attention when working for print because you may need extra large images and dedicated software.
If you share your photos online, you’re probably concerned with copyrights protection. As a general rule, it’s safer to share images with small resolutions because they are harder to remunerate. Use JPEG conversion and resolutions smaller than 1024×768. As an additional protection method, you can use watermarks or sign your photos.
Images are quite large and occupy a lot of space on your hard disk or server. When you do hundreds of photo per photo session, storing them becomes an issue. Resizing images can save space without affecting image quality. Especially if you have online galleries and pay for hosting services, using smaller images is the smartest thing to do.
A bigger image is also harder to load. Displaying your images online can increase your website loading time and lose potential viewers. Upload only small resolution images and make sure they are optimized for mobile devices, laptops, and PCs.
Visual consistency across a photo series
One of the features galleries are looking for in a photo series is consistency. You’ll have better chances if you exhibit images with the same aspect ratio. And when you take pictures with different cameras resizing is your only solution. Pay attention to cropping as it can affect your framing and unbalance the composition. Also, don’t forget to use landscape and portrait format, change perspectives and angles, and experiment with the height you’re shooting from. Variety and consistency are equally important.
Resizing images is an essential editing step. Make sure you choose a professional editor, and you preserve your photos’ integrity and quality. Resizing helps you achieve better photos and meet the client’s requirements. It also enables you to protect your images and be visible in the online world without space or loading time issues.
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