Basic Thumbnail Images

Many folks use thumbnail images that are too large and often overcropped, leading to slow loading pages and poor image quality.

I am by no means a professional photographer. Heck, I barely qualify as a hobbyist, but I have learned some tips that have helped me.

My first advice is to allow your camera to do the initial work for you.

Get as close to the image as your camera will allow. Be willing to take a TON of pictures from a variety of angles to get the images you need. This will make it possible for you to clearly show very close images, while retaining the use of small thumbnails.

View the thumbnails for a KLX 400 Kawasaki 2003 on the following page:

First, I did not take these images using a fancy camera with fancy equipment. I took them with a Kodak Easy Share Camera 4.0 MP (LS443) They were however taken on my hands and knees, filling the lens with the area of the bike I needed the focus on. I also took about 50 shots so that I could later decide which images would best suit my needs.

Note how much detail we can reveal in 150 X 100 images!

When people are browsing, they want the page to load very rapidly. Once they decide to see more, they EXPECT images to take longer to load, but they still must be well optimized.

Please note that I said “well optimized” not “over optimized.” This is something I have been learning slowly but sure, through trial and error.

We will be talking about this in a series of articles over the next few weeks.


J. Cricket Walker

Small Business Marketing Consultant and Scenic Photographer
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