Now that I have your attention...
I am in the process of revising my website. I would very much like to have photographs that are selected by a user automatically fit their monitor resolution. Unfortunately this allows a user that owns a monitor with high resolution to print larger than a viewer with a low monitor resolution - an opportunity I am loath to provide to unscrupulous users. For this reason, at this time I provide photographs only in small size (1024px wide).
However, there is a problem. As technology marches on, monitor resolution will only increase. If photographers do not increase the size of their photographs on their websites then their photographs will, over time, appear smaller and smaller! The alternative is to increase the photograph's resolution but, as noted above, this is strongly opposed by many.
My question is: for those with a website (and those without but who have an opinion), how will you address this issue?
#1. "RE: The incredible shrinking photograph" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberWed 25-Jul-12 07:31 AM | edited Wed 25-Jul-12 07:34 AM by jrp
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#2. "RE: The incredible shrinking photograph" | In response to Reply # 1AreBee Registered since 27th Apr 2008Fri 27-Jul-12 05:32 PM
>1024px is more than enough.<
At this point in time, yes, but in future? I'm not so sure.
I use two monitors: a 12" 1024x768 monitor and a 27" 2560x1440 monitor. On the 27" monitor an image 1024 wide looks very small, and is dwarfed by wasted space surrounding it. Now, I appreciate that not everyone owns a high resolution large sized monitor, but the future direction of monitor resolution is headed in only one direction: up.
Photographers use their website to showcase their work on the web. As time passes and monitors of increasing resolution make their way into people's homes, photographers' images will be rendered smaller and smaller (for the same monitor physical size), which in turn will reduce the impact of the images and eventually make the website look rather silly. Yet, as far as I can tell, the only way to counter this is to increase the resolution of images on the website, which is a no-no for many, myself included (at least at this time).
Oh well, I guess time will tell.
#3. "RE: The incredible shrinking photograph" | In response to Reply # 2mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Fri 27-Jul-12 07:21 PM
I guess it depends on whether monitor resolution per inch increases, or whether screens get bigger and there are more pixels on the big screen. In one case the image will get smaller, in the other, only smaller relative to the entire screen.
For now, I stick with 1024 as a max dimension for screen images, and will frequently decrease JPG quality to the point that it looks good on screen but prints poorly.
I may need to rethink this in the future.
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