Ideal Photo Size

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  1. Larry Slawson profile image97
    Larry Slawsonposted 5 weeks ago

    Hi everyone!  Hope everybody's day is off to a fantastic start.

    I had a quick question, and couldn't find an answer after browsing the forums.  Does anyone know what the ideal image size is for your Hubs (i.e. the main photo for each of your articles)?  I've noticed that when the image is too big, the preview of my Hub (particularly on the vertical sites, such as Owlcation) only shows part of the photo, and not the whole thing.  Difficult to explain, but hope that makes sense haha.

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image47
      Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      I had not landed on Owlcation site. But hope so someday.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      It has been suggested that the minimum pixel size should be 1000 on at least one side.  I use this all the time and have never had a problem.

  2. Titia profile image96
    Titiaposted 5 weeks ago

    I use many photos in my hubs and scale them to 800 x 600 pixels horizontal and 600 x 800 for vertical. That's more than enough for the internet. Larger formats take a lot of time to open and as you said are not properly shown. Of course they have to be sharp in the first place.

  3. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks ago

    That is a great question, Larry. I only have issues if the photo is too small -- too big has not been an issue. The Help Section says "Always use high-resolution, high-quality images."

  4. Larry Slawson profile image97
    Larry Slawsonposted 5 weeks ago

    Thanks everyone!  Big help!  I'll definitely give that a try smile

  5. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks ago

    The highest pixel I use is 1200. That seems fine.

  6. Larry Slawson profile image97
    Larry Slawsonposted 5 weeks ago

    Thank you Kenna!

  7. eugbug profile image97
    eugbugposted 5 weeks ago

    Photos should be at least 520 pixels wide if possible, otherwise you'll get a warning that they're too small. If a photo is exceptionally small, the chances are that it will get snipped by an editor. It's possible to zoom in by clicking/tapping on an image (the process is very convoluted and awkward on articles, and there is an ongoing unfixed bug doing this on mobile devices). Zoomed photos display at a max res of 1024 pixels wide. Anything higher resolution you upload will be scaled down to this size, so there's not much point using higher res images. Compressing images (while maintaining pixel dimensions) before uploading is always a good idea to reduce the load time of a page for readers.
    I asked in a thread some time ago what's the smallest aspect ratio (width/height) for an image before it gets cropped, but never got an answer. You can try experimenting with something that has a grid on it, or stuff at the top and bottom and see what you lose. I have used an image 1024 x 1394 and it worked fine, but that's about the limit.

    1. Larry Slawson profile image97
      Larry Slawsonposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much!  Very very helpful!  I will try this.

    2. Jean Bakula profile image93
      Jean Bakulaposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      I always thought they wanted larger pictures too, when we had to change all our hubs and pictures. Now they took one of my oldest hubs, and changed full sized pictures of flowers to thumbnails. I wasn't aware they wanted tiny pictures now. I don't even know how to make thumbnails. This is the hub some editor just worked on: https://dengarden.com/gardening/Shade-G … ocky-Soil.

      Normally, if the pictures were not the size of the hostas or impatiens, I would have been told they were too small. I give up.

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image47
        Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        Hi, there I am not on dengarden.com/ But I want to study the issue via, the link you provide. The article is not found. Does it seem you have to remove it for re-editing? Let me know when it is publishing again. Thank you.

      2. eugbug profile image97
        eugbugposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        Images display at a maximum size of 1025 pixels wide after zooming in, so that's what I would aim for. There's no point uploading anything with higher resolution.

  8. Bede le Venerable profile image98
    Bede le Venerableposted 5 weeks ago

    I used to have quite large images as a newbie. Then I realized that large images slow the page load. Apparently, people don’t have the patience or possibly good connectivity to wait on slow pages. So, after I changed the size of my images on one particular article, the views doubled in one day.

    I try not to have images larger than 900 pixels on one side, and they are typically smaller than that. However, if you have only 2-3 images, it probably doesn’t matter.

    1. eugbug profile image97
      eugbugposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      You can use large images, but compressing them can reduce their size by 80% or more while preserving the pixel dimensions.

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image47
        Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        Noted, please.

  9. Miebakagh57 profile image47
    Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks ago

    Hello, Bede, I am still on HubPages and not on dengarden. I have no idea what is going on there. But the discussion going on the forum is interesting.

    However, I realized with that when Marven takes over, photo sizes change from small to large, and I have adjusted that all that.

    But I am waiting for a response to a link for studying the challenge further.
    Good day, Bede.

  10. Miebakagh57 profile image47
    Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks ago

    I am noting it well right now. Thanks.

  11. eugbug profile image97
    eugbugposted 5 weeks ago

    Just to show you the effects of compression.
    This 1024 pixel wide photo had a 1.2Mb file size on upload.

    https://hubstatic.com/14521192_f1024.jpg

    The next photo has the same dimensions but a quarter the file size on upload.


    https://hubstatic.com/14521195_f1024.jpg

    .....so there's imperceptible difference unless you look very closely.

    This is what happens when you take it to the extreme. I compressed the original photo by a factor of about 30.

    https://hubstatic.com/14521196_f1024.jpg

    I just did a test and uploaded a 1024 pixel wide, 411kb image. When I downloaded it, it was reduced to 114kb so HubPages seem to compress images anyway.

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image47
      Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      I am learning as I go by in the forum.

      1. Jean Bakula profile image93
        Jean Bakulaposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        https://dengarden.com/gardening/Shade-G … Rocky-Soil

        That's the URL at the top of the article. I clicked the first one I posted and got a 404 message.
        Maybe I did something wrong. This one leads to the article.

        1. eugbug profile image97
          eugbugposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          Sometimes an editor will replace a series of consecutive related photos with thumbnails Jean. I queried this with an editor when he was working on one of my hubs and the logic is they don't want a reader to have to scroll through loads of images to get to text. I reversed this edit because my images were diagrams with text on them, illegible as thumbnails and a reader would have to expand them out to realise what they represented.

          1. Jean Bakula profile image93
            Jean Bakulaposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

            Thanks. If I put the article on Edit mode, it still has that message about how "readers love pictures to be the whole width of the text." I will wait a few days and put the photos I want.

        2. Miebakagh57 profile image47
          Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          Hello, Joan, I got it and I had a response. A nice and informative hub. Enjoy the weekend.

          1. Jean Bakula profile image93
            Jean Bakulaposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

            Thank you Meibakagh. Have a great weekend too!

            1. Miebakagh57 profile image47
              Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

              Hi, Joan, I appreciated you very much. Many thanks.

  12. Larry Slawson profile image97
    Larry Slawsonposted 5 weeks ago

    Very helpful!  This is something I've been trying to figure out since I first joined HubPages a few years ago haha.  I will definitely give all these things a try.

    1. Miebakagh57 profile image47
      Miebakagh57posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      So do I. Thank you all writers.

  13. Bede le Venerable profile image98
    Bede le Venerableposted 5 weeks ago

    Larry, I just reread your question. Here's something I learned from an article by Glen Stok... always make your preview photo square. That way it won't get cropped on one side.

    1. Larry Slawson profile image97
      Larry Slawsonposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much!  I shall give that a try!

 
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