Why should we take high quality photos for a website?
This type of question that comes up frequently during the Introduction to Photography class. However, this specific question was posted in a photography discussion group. But the question was more detailed. That being the case, here’s the full question:
” Why should we take high quality photos for a website (RAW or SuperFine 10-15MB) when in the end, we have to compress them to 500KB? Why not use standard quality and a small size on the camera settings right from the get-go?“
To be brief, image quality refers to the type of image file format.
Jpeg (.jpg) files are compressed. And compression looses visual information that can lead to unsharpness and pixelation as the photo undergoes manipulations.
Specifically, image size has to do with the dimensions of the digital file in pixels. In other words, pixel length X pixel height. More importantly, image size dictates the enlarging of a photograph.
In short, because we may find that the picture has use beyond the web. Which means that we’ll require higher quality and bigger size.
When utilizing a file that is the highest quality and larges size we can be assured that we can get the most use from that picture. Because, we can always get from bigger to smaller to suit the end use. However, if we try to go from smaller to bigger, the picture begins to lose quality in terms of sharpness and pixelation.
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