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Forum topic by ralbuck posted 08-03-2019 09:22 PM 357 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2019 09:22 PM

I used to be able to upload photos from my camera cards or my phone without any issues at all.

Now I have to take ABSOLUTELY all of my pictures into a different application and reduce the sizes a lot to get them to work at all.

One of the reasons that I have been commenting and not putting up new work; ids that hassle.

Am I the only one with this problem? It keeps telling me that it can only accept 5 megs file sizes. I believe mine have been larger than that for a long time. I did not change any camera settings and it used to accept them.

Thanks all.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#1 posted 08-03-2019 10:25 PM

A relatively modern digital camera can easily create image sizes that exceed the 5 mb limit. I have always resized my images before posting. I’m a retired computer tech, so this is (to me) par for the course. Depending on your skills and apps at your disposal, resizing can be a quick and painless task. Make a search on the Web for ‘open source image resize apps’ and see what you get. Also, note that there are small utilities (free, at that) that will resize in batches: point it to a directly or tag the bunch of images to be resized, check the size wanted, and in seconds the app will resize them all without a loss in resolution. I hope this helps.

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#2 posted 08-03-2019 10:30 PM

What Paul Bucalo said is fine for a lot of people if they have the software and the skills. If not, I’d suggest just setting the image size smaller in your camera or phone.

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#3 posted 08-03-2019 10:51 PM

I have to resize to upload. I use MS Paint.I open the pic in MS Paint, click on resize, a window opens and I choose pixels. I always set the horizontal to 1000, the vertical will readjust to maintain the ratio.

This usually prevents the pic posting sideways.

That’s taking pics with an iPhone 6S Plus. I can’t tell much difference between original and resized.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#4 posted 08-04-2019 01:10 PM

Before taking pictures with my camera for the purpose of publishing on this site, I set the resolution to VGA (640 X 480 – about 0.3 Mpx – ).
It is usually good enough for what I have to show on a computer screen.
Although, if the limit is 5 Mb, I might upgrade a little bit but not that much.

In the past some people have published picture with such a high resolution that it was not fully displayed and I could not see what they intended to show.

Please think also to the wasted bandwidth, wasted storage space and the huge electric consumption induced by the Web (mostly for advertising nobody is interested in).

As Hairy explains, it is not that difficult, it doesn’t take much time and as you save the picture with a new name (e.g. adding (2) to the original name) it should show as displayed on the MSpaint screen.

(Otherwise see tips)

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#5 posted 08-04-2019 10:12 PM

I have to resize to upload. I use MS Paint.I open the pic in MS Paint, click on resize, a window opens and I choose pixels. I always set the horizontal to 1000, the vertical will readjust to maintain the ratio.

This usually prevents the pic posting sideways.

That s taking pics with an iPhone 6S Plus. I can t tell much difference between original and resized.

- hairy

That sounds familiar with what I also do. For the monster pics I can get on my cell, and especially my Cannon I click the Click “select” and pick “select all” on the drop down. That activates the normally nonfunctional Crop tool. You can make a mouse motion with crop, and pull it into just the detail you want. Release the mouse and a blincky solid line surrounds you selection. Punch the crop right above the resize button, and it will get rid of all other area of the pic, except what you wanted left in. In a sense this magnifies your pic as well, as the meat and taters fill the screen more.

I’ve found with my Cannon I can pick 20% on resize, instead of the starting 100%, and it is perfect for posting here, and really decreases the size of the file. Doing that I’ve yet to be denied the ability to post. My pics are plenty big, and trying to post the raw files will get a deny right now.

This RAW file was 3.60MB. I chopped it down to 20%, and it is 146KB now. I think plenty good for detail too.

Cropped now to show just my tower, it went down to 76KB. Had I done the crop first, and the reduction to 20% for overall size I believe it would have been much clearer, and also have a bigger size in KB.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 08-04-2019 10:29 PM

I’ve also got an old issue of Paint Shop Pro, 4, I think. With that I can take an entire batch of photos, cropped or otherwise, and with a single mouse click, change 1 or 1,000 to a consistent file size, plenty small enough for the software to accept, and still like the ones above, plenty big enough to see detail. Considering that shot was from 14’ away from the tower. If I really wanted fine detail, all I need do is get closer, and choke down the lens.

That is old outdated software you could likely buy for less than 5 bux. Now you would need an old Win 2000, XP or similar machine to run it. But once run, if you saved them as Jpeg’s they will still work fine with Winblows 10. Jpeg is Jpeg.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 08-06-2019 08:36 PM

I keep it simple. With my phone I to the picture or pictures, Email those pics to me from the phone, open the email on my computer and save the pic to my picture folder in my computer, then I rename the pics and put it in the folder I want it in for future use. The computer does the work. from the you can crop or edit. Same as to my camera, download it to the computer, then put it in the folder you want.

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#8 posted 08-06-2019 09:55 PM

yeah ive had that problem so i just set the resoloution lower and still get good quality pic’s to post.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 08-17-2019 01:45 AM

Ralbuck, I always resize my pictures to 850×850 pixels max

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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