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I want better pictures on our web site...
Making web site images look their best
We often get asked why some photos we supply to clients look particularly good on the web.
There are lots of simple steps you gan take to get the best image quality from digital cameras, for web use.
This short article has some of Keith's thoughts on where to start.
Better looking photographs
We have also linked to lots of related (free) resources on this site.
Pictures on the web
It sounds a simple question, but the comprehensive answer easily fills a days training -- and yes, Keith does offer photography training ;-)
You should consider the whole process from start to finish. The ten steps below are not an exhaustive guide but will help if you take them into account (and you do not need to do them all). There are more links to further information on this site
There are lots of other details I could add, but they all really fit into the categories above.
What's the real key to giving pictures on the web a bit more 'oompf'? -- sharpening -- by just the right amount that it doesn't detract from the image. For example, I often use Focus Magic with a 'remove focus blur' setting of 1 to sharpen images before putting them on the web, rather than fiddle around with USM settings. You use it on the image at the size it is going to be on the web, i.e. for an image and thumbnail you sharpen each at their final sizes.
One adjustment you might like to try on your original size images (i.e. from the camera) is to run Unsharp Mask at around 5-15% intensity, with a radius of 70-200 (threshold = 0) This does not sharpen in the way you might ordinarily do with USM, it provides a subtle contrast enhancement and for some images it is very effective, particularly where you have a big dynamic range in the picture.
Oh, and don't forget to check out what the picture looks like on other peoples' computers...
However, consider whether the picture might have looked better from a different angle, or later/earlier in the day when the lighting would be different. That shadow of a lamp post would not be in the same place...
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