Oversize photo attachments

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  1. sailor86

    sailor86 TPF Noob!

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    My cousin sends me emails with photos that are gargantuan. The best I can do is scroll around and view the photo bit by bit. What can I do to shrink down the attachments and what advice should I give him in future attachments?
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    right click, send as email attachemnt, resize photo
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Can you change a setting on your e-mail or browser program, to allow resizing of images?

    Another option would be to save the images and then view them with an image viewer program (most of which will allow for changing the size (zoom).

    If all you are doing with the images, is looking at them on your screen, then you could tell your cousin to resize them before sending them. This can also shrink the file size, making them easier to transmit. There are two main ways to change the 'size' of an image file like a JPEG. The first is to change the actual size (in pixels). For example, the image might be 2000x3000 pixels, but your screen is probably in the 1000-1400 pixel range. So if he resized the imaged to say, 800 pixels wide, they would fit nicely on your screen.
    Also, when saving a JPEG, you can choose the quality/compression level. This allows you to make the file size smaller, at the cost of quality. But you can compress the file quite a bit, before the quality loss is actually visible in the image. If they are just for your amusement, he could probably knock the quality down to 50 or 60% with no problems.

    If both the size and quality are reduced, the files should get very small. Perfect for E-mailing and sharing with friends, but if you want to print the images, then you will want the larger files.
     
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    Firefox does that automatically. When you get an email with a photo in it, right click the image and choose "View Image." It will open just the image and shrink it to fit the screen. If you want it full size again, all you have to do is click the image.
     
  5. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Go slap your cousin up the side of the head for being ignorant? :gah: ............NAH!

    Better yet, just communicate with your cousin and have them select the proper option in their email app to send the photo in a size you can see all at once. :thumbup:
     

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