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05/25/2004 05:07:05 PM · #1
Why do people not use the full 640 pixel allowance ?
It annoys me and I won't give decent scores to shots that are far too small to judge fairly, yet they look like they may be decent pics..
maybe this should be in the rant forum. :)

05/25/2004 05:59:12 PM · #2
If I had a photo with a lot of detail, I might choose to go with a smaller size in order to use less JPEG compression and still get it under 150kb. But I would only drop to 450x450 or so at the smallest.
05/25/2004 06:34:05 PM · #3
Originally posted by omnibus:

If I had a photo with a lot of detail, I might choose to go with a smaller size in order to use less JPEG compression and still get it under 150kb. But I would only drop to 450x450 or so at the smallest.


The more detail you have the larger the picture needs to be. Even with the full 640 pixels it is sometimes difficult to see details to their full advantage.

Originally posted by peecee:

I won't give decent scores to shots that are far too small to judge fairly, yet they look like they may be decent pics..


I agree entirely. I always feel the small size may hide a shot that is badly out of focus, so that a bad shot passes as something good. Obviously many others feel size matters too as I have never seen a small photo finish among the winners.
05/25/2004 06:40:48 PM · #4
Recently, I started entering DPC after being gone for quit a long time. I can tell you that sometimes when you have been gone and then breeze through the dimension reqs too fast...it is possible to make a mistake and think that your dimensions are right when in fact they are no where near right on..lol

I can't explain for everyone..but this might be a reason you see a small image.
05/25/2004 07:31:58 PM · #5
Would it help to have a tutorial for people new to digital image editing? I'd be happy to write one if people thought it was useful ...
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05/25/2004 07:47:47 PM · #6
I tend to make my pictures fit on my screen when I am editing them. I hate to have to wiggle a picture up and down to see it all. (I don't hold this against the photos, it's just a peeve of mine)
My husband pointed out to me that some screens are larger than mine, and will show a bigger picture entire. So now I edit to 640 pixels exactly on the long side. I'm using iPhoto, so the compression is preset, and I don't have to worry about file size until I get better software.
05/25/2004 08:15:11 PM · #7
Originally posted by mandyp:

Would it help to have a tutorial for people new to digital image editing? I'd be happy to write one if people thought it was useful ...
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That would help me alot!!!

So, one vote for yes.
05/25/2004 08:53:09 PM · #8
Two votes.
05/25/2004 09:24:05 PM · #9
3 votes :-)
05/25/2004 09:49:32 PM · #10
Originally posted by mandyp:

Would it help to have a tutorial for people new to digital image editing? I'd be happy to write one if people thought it was useful ...
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I believe it would help immensely. I had to figure it out the hard way. The first two challenges I entered, I was being too dense to figure out how to get the right size when trying to get 150 k . They were small and I got hammered because of it. Since I've learned, when I see a small picture while voting, I try to refer them to forum threads or ask about sizing, instead of just saying too small(might have missed a couple). In a forum thread a week or two ago, it was suggested and discussed about writing a tutorial just for us newbies, explaining some basic procedures, terms, how to submit, forums, etc. I think it is a great idea. It might save some peoples time not having to answer silly questions when we brazenly display our newbieness. :-)
05/25/2004 10:25:09 PM · #11
I wish there was a tutorial for this earlier...I didn't know until sometime during the Something New II challenge that I could resize a photo to 640 and still have 150k to work with using the save for web feature...I just was resizing to 640 and "saving as," basically ruining whatever decent shot I might have had by eliminating so much detail. A kind comment from DPC member magnus explained to me how I would have much better results if I could resize and take full benefit of the compression range allowed. Now that I've figured it out, I use the full 640 pixels and as close to 150k as I can. Thanks again, magnus! :o)
05/25/2004 10:55:43 PM · #12
Originally posted by mandyp:

Would it help to have a tutorial for people new to digital image editing? I'd be happy to write one if people thought it was useful ...


Oh hang on. Can I do this? I'm not a member. I might have to post it somewhere else and link to it. Can someone let me know?
05/25/2004 10:58:46 PM · #13
Originally posted by mandyp:

Originally posted by mandyp:

Would it help to have a tutorial for people new to digital image editing? I'd be happy to write one if people thought it was useful ...


Oh hang on. Can I do this? I'm not a member. I might have to post it somewhere else and link to it. Can someone let me know?


Any user should be able to write a tutorial. I think you need to contact Drew or Langdon. Remember that not all people have the big 3, Elements, Photoshop, PaintShop Pro; so a complete tutorial would have to include other programs as well.

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05/26/2004 01:19:17 AM · #14
Thanks fadoi, I got in touch and Drew kindly pointed me to this Forum: //www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=9699. Good point about the programs.

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Message edited by author 2004-05-26 01:20:28.
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