Okay, I've taken part in a few posts. My fear is ebbing. No one has vaporized me, yet. Still, a Nikonian did confuse me with someone who knew something.
Now comes the hard part. Why not post some images, and risk it all?
Here's the thing. I don't know how to get images ready for the web. I’ve fiddled around on other sites. Yet, this is Nikonia, and I don’t want to look like a rube. Being a rube is fine: I are one. I just don’t want my stuff looking goofy due to lax web methods.
I process in Photoshop, ACR, and Lightroom. My working space is either ProPhoto RGB, or Adobe RGB (1998). Shall I submit in sRGB? How do I get my wall hangings down to one meg (I do have GenuineFractals 5.0)? Should I embed a watermark, or copyright warning? What’s a good workflow for prepping an image, up loading, then site finishing it?
I have CS3 with all its web ornaments. I’ve never used them. Any help will be noted in my first book, “A Day at the Forums (what Groucho really thought of Canon).”
To upload an image to Nikonian, it must not exceed 800 pixels in any dimension and 150KBytes in size. So getting it down to one meg is not enough. But all image processing tools allow to resize the image and save them as JPEG. Nothing fancy, for web use you don't need GenuineFractals. Just size the image to fit within 800 pixels, then "Save As" and choose JPEG as format. There will be one more dialog where you need to enter the JPEG quality. The lower the number, the more compressed the image will be. Try out some settings to get it below 150KBytes and you are set.
Oh, and it should be sRGB, so if you normally use Adobe, just change the profile for the file you are saving as JPEG. As for watermarks, that's optional of course, but if you know how to do it, it won't hurt. I normally add watermarks, I use Aperture2 and it's just a click to add it. In Photoshop it can be done, too.
Then when you have the file, you can upload it to the Nikonians gallery, or attach it to any post. Why not try to attach it to a post in this thread to see how it goes. At the bottom of the message form (below were you enter the text), there is a link "Click here to choose your attachments". Good luck!
Go to the Sports Photography forum and search "PSE 6" exactly as I have it but without the quotes. You want the 5th or 6th selection down titled RE:Why are posted photos so small? Read the whole post. Chris does an excellent job of explaining how to post in the forums. There is another post of his in which he does an even better job of explaining it but I wasn't able to find it quickly. The post occurred since the first of the year. If you can find it he has diagrams of each step. Good luck. I am still new to the process but enjoy posting images. Hope to have a D700 by the end of the year.
In that thread I have posted a method that uses the pictures you put in your gallery to post in a forum. Why do I use that method? It is because you don't have the 900 px and 150Kb limit in the gallery, in fact your image can be 10 mb and 1800 px on a side. But when you post to the Gallery, Nikonians also makes a medium size image that is what first shows in your gallery when you open an image, and they provide a link you can copy into a forum. Your picture will now meet the forum requirement with almost no work by you.
Thanks for your inquiry. In post five, Bob has an interesting thread which merges the gallery with the forum. My plea for help was too lax. If you have gallery ideas, please let me know. I want to do both!
Tom, when I digest your suggestions, and those that have followed, I’ll post some files. Mark, thanks for your thread. Bob, ditto. I wonder if Bo & Ramon knows we can game the system a bit? Gwisga t ddeud Brian! (I hope that wasn’t a Welsh insult.)
Bill, had I worked all the way through “Photos and Information,” I would have seen your “Resizing Example (2008-10-05)." I’m still digging away. Your image bank alone is impressive.
If anyone else has ideas, keep ‘em coming! The upside of these tips is my resistance to posting images has been challenged. This is giving me a shove in the right direction. I’ve been dithering in the past. I’d better put up - or shut up, and soon. My portfolio needs new blood.
The D700 is a great instrument. Let’s see what I can coax from this jewel on our first light & shadow jaunt. I’ll be back within the week - to the field!
Here's my first test image for our thread. This is a hand held, grab shot of a tog (Dan Digby) I shoot weddings with.
D700, 85mm f1.4 Nikkor, 1/200 @ f1.4, ISO 6400.
Three existing lights - 1) TV, 15 feet away, to my left and back, 2) 11 watt flourescent lamp, 10 feet away, to my left and forward, 3) 25 watt halogen spot (at half power), above to my right, at a 45 degree angle. Processed in Lightroom 2, and CS3.
The D700's low light ability astounds me. I'll be back with more latter.