For a while, I’ve been trying to balance the quality of images with the size of the image file. Even though internet speeds are much faster in the modern world, hosting large image files that can be up to 20mb (and beyond) makes the visitor experience very slow. However, I’ve finally found a better answer.
Flickr has a great way of creating various sizes for displaying and I’ve therefore decided to embed any images I upload to Flickr directly into the site. This also means I don’t have to publish various copies of images either.
If you compare the two photos below you can get an idea of what I mean. The first photo is hosted directly on this website and the second is the embedded image from Flickr. You’ll notice that the Flickr image has so much more detail in the shot, something I strive at the time to capture. Flickr’s image processing is far superior to what I can get this website to create, and so it should be, they are the Pros!
Even though they are embedded, to view the photo in the best possible quality and have the option to zoom in, I have also started to add a link to the version on Flickr in the caption of both the embedded image and the “lightbox” image (when an image is clicked) as shown in the screen shots below. If you want to view my photos in the best possible quality, I always recommend visiting Flickr to view them
Not all photos I upload to this site make it to Flickr so these will not have the link to view.
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