Image sizing

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  • Nick Miners

    Hi Douglas

    Are you asking about what size you should upload images at, or what you should use as the image size on http://www.photoshelter.com/mem/site/security? If you want to sell prints you should upload images at maximum resolution, then you can limit what size people can view with the 'Maximum Image Size' on the Image Security page. But if you only want to display images, there's no right or wrong answer, as it depends on so many factors. Some people like their images to be sharp on even the largest displays, so will use high image resolutions, but others aren't comfortable with high or medium resolution copies of their photos being available online so would use smaller files.

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  • Phil Hawkins

    One would assume that if you go to the trouble and expense of using Photoshelter, you are serious about your photography. I just spent the majority of my summer doing the research, and working through my final decision to use Photoshelter, dumping Photodeck and others. Few people have done the research that I have on which platform displays a sharper image. I literally took a magnifying glass to the 27-inch 5K retina screen at the Apple store and Best Buy on multiple occasions testing various settings. My research showed that the settings for the best results were 3000 pixels on the long edge at 100 dpi. These settings ensure that there will be no uprezing to display my work on a large, high resolution screen that an art director or photo editor might use. I am thrilled at how sharp and clear my images are on the 5K screen. I know that regardless of what screen size and resolution someone uses to look at my work it will look its best. I tested on iPads, iPhones, MacBook Pros, etc. As for "protecting" your work, I learned a long time ago there is nothing you can do about people who take screen captures of your work and do God-knows-what. I let it go a long time ago. See for yourself at philhawkinsphoto.com

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  • Christine Holder

    Question-when you upload to the suggested 3000 pixels at 100dpi will this be sufficient for a client to download and print? I use the site as a viewing and delivery system for my clients and I never really know what size i should be uploading from lightroom that services both needs. thx!

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  • Phil Hawkins

    I'm not sure about that; I prefer to handle all transactions on a custom basis for prints and I do not have the download function enabled, except for paid commercial downloads. Then I will go back and properly resize for final use.

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