Two things I just don't get

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by The_Traveler, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. The_Traveler
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    1) Why people post these damn tiny images - maybe 500 on the long side and just resist posting larger ones

    2) People just jump in to make all these amazingly detailed judgments about the shot based on these tiny pictures.


    I look at a lot of pictures and honestly you can't see squat until they get up in the 800 pixel range in each dimension.

    Most of the c/c on these tiny images I've read is just speculation and a waste of time.
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    Those of "us" that think we can see fine, give a C&C based on what we can see - and not what we assume we see.
    You don't need a 1024 x 683 image to see exposure and composition., but viewing on a smart phone, that would make sense.
    Of course, the bigger, the better, then we could really pick apart some detail stuff, but overall? which is what I would hope someone is looking for? Sure we can.

    Most of the time, I stop at a bad composition.
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    Yes, you might be able to see some things but certainly not enough.

    By making a big production number C/C over a picture that is too small too see all the important things, you are encouraging people to continue to post pictures that are inadequately small.
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    On point #1 - it doesn't matter how large of a picture you post, the forum resizes it down to 600 pixels on the long side.

    But, I always link mine back to Flickr - where larger versions can be seen.
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    Usually they post smaller versions to link back to their blog or flickr to increase their hit count.
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    That can be changed by the forum member.

    Under Forum Actions > General Settings one will find

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    Depends on the picture; many images do not "read" well when seen small. Some types of images however, can be evaluated at smaller sizes. The small maximum size TPF allows is rather ridiculous for a photography forum, so the forum owners/regulations are directly responsible for the inability to post large images. There is nobody being forced to give C&C, so how you feel about it doesn't matter much. I know from multiple posts you have made that this is a pet peeve of yours. Other people however, seem willing to give their C&C on smaller images. I suppose you could try to mentally re-calibrate,re-shape, or lower your disdain for small photos and try to lower your disdain for those who are willing to C&C what is offered, and not what YOU would like to see offered, but those hopes are probably just wishful thinking on my part.
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    I think this is more an issue of "I can't be a sharpness hawk if the images are so small."
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    :lol:

    I'm sure 90% of the time it goes back to a blog, that's the reason.

    On Flickr, it's just easier to post them that way. You just click 'Share', then copy the BBCode.

    Plus, people can see the full size version if they want to.
    Although, from what I have seen nobody ever clicks the link to see the larger version.
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    Guys, as KmH said you can change the default resizing that the forums perform on images - you can have it set to any limits you want. Plus to show the fullsize you just have to click the top-bar anyway - takes all of 2 seconds to do.

    Far as I recall our onliny limit is something like 800 pixels on the longest side which is fairly standard for most forums. One can then use links to show bigger versions of photos.
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    I did change mine to allow bigger pictures (1600x900), but that bar at the top of the picture never seemed to work for large pictures.

    I have posted full-size screen captures that were resized by the forum, and after clicking the bar they still weren't full size. I didn't measure them to see what they were, but they weren't 1920x1080. (They were maybe half that.)
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    Is it weird that I prefer smaller images? I hate when I can't view whole photo and I have to scroll down to see the bottom. Maybe I just have a small monitor or something idk...
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    Yes
    But since you have your own, much larger it seems, set of things that you think would better done in a certain way, I would think you would understand.
    Why participate in, and de facto encourage doing, something that leads to a less-good result when a better result comes with no more effort?
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    Rexbobcat,

    I understand your hostility here.
    Your images are certainly among those that are best seen quite small.
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    Traveler man, I agree with you regarding the fact that people sometimes post small images - I too wish they would post a size big enough to get a good look at for all aspects and with that said, I can only comment on what I can see. Uusually these are glaring things such as composition, style and ofcourse exposure.
    200 more px on each side is not going to make it any easier for me to see composition or exposure.
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    Just a point guys - but remember there will be variation on views here depending how big peoples computer screens are and their overall resolutions. Myself my current screen is old and rather small - can only just see a 1000pixel image if its landscape orientation and only the image showing in the browser window.
    People on laptops will be in a slightly similar position - whilst those with big high res screens are going to be seeing much smaller pics.
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    What hostility? Am I missing something?
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    I could make a phallic joke here, but I will refrain.

    What is the first thing that people critique on this forum? "I think it's soft/the focus is off."

    True story.

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