By Rachel Anderson
Don’t Be Lazy.
We’re all guilty of it- attaching photos straight from our cameras to an email and sending it off to our unsuspecting victims. Emails like these have been known to clog up people’s inboxes and stop users from receiving any other mail till it’s completely received. Besides that, they’re just a pain! The small enjoyment of finally being able to view the photos rarely outweighs the frustration of receiving one of these headaches.
Are You a Multi-Email Photo Sender?
Some of us have been known to email-spam our friends, family, co-workers, etc. with emails titled “Pictures!”, “More Pictures”, “Even More Pictures!” and so on attaching a handful of photos to each email. While this may not clog someone’s inbox, it is rather annoying.
The main reason we do this is, of course, to avoid hitting the file size limit of our email message. Or maybe we’re just super forgetful and have to keep sending photos we forget to attach…
In any case, there is a solution!
Less Is More!
In my last blog on DPI and resolution I clarified the difference between file size and image size: Image size describes the physical dimensions while file size tells us how much space something takes up on the hard drive.
I also discussed the commonly confused relationship between resolution and image size. Large images have high resolution (if they’re good quality), however, higher resolution photos do not have to be large.
With this knowledge, we have some great services available that optimize photos for sharing via email and across the Internet. They resize your images to make them the most efficient for your purposes.
Here are a couple sources I really like:
JPEGmini is a great app that’s available to both Mac and Windows users. It allows you to reduce file sizes up to 5x and keep the photo’s original quality. This means you could send up to 5x more full resolution photos! (Not to mention free up TONS of space on your internal and external hard drives)
With the free version you can reduce up to 20 photos a day. If you like the app and need to do more than 20 photos a day, I would suggest buying the full version.
Picasa is an online photo organizer/viewer that allows you to edit and share images. Like JPEGmini, it can resize multiple images at once. The good thing about Picasa is there is no limit on the number of photos you can resize in one day and it’s completely free. If you’re unfamiliar with Picasa, here’s a great tutorial to get started resizing your images:
Gold Star Emailing
Now that you know how to send beautiful, full resolution photos without clogging or spamming up your email recipients, welcome to “Gold Star Emailing”! You can be sure that those on the receiving end will be very grateful.
But why stop there? Pass on the info you’ve just learned and help get photo email spam on its way out the door!
If email isn’t making the cut or still feels too heavy, consider using a photo sharing site. You can set-up a free account on sites like Google Photos, Facebook, Photobucket, or Flickr. Another option is to create a personal blog and manage your own little site. Upload your photos onto one platform and invite your regular photo-share group to visit at their convenience.
Rachel Anderson is a Pay Per Click Advertising Strategist at Netmark.com. Off the job she enjoys photography, good food, being outside, and spending time with her husband. Share your thoughts with Rachel on Twitter @gladygirl, Google+ or Facebook- she’d love to hear from you!