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loren

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As a sometimes photographer with a deep appreciation for quality shots, I cringe every time I see a poorly cropped photo appear on a site. Especially on a site's home page.

Usually this happens because the photo has been auto cropped to fit the specified size of the container in which it will appear (the homepage slideshow, in most cases). Our CMS is smart, but not smart enough to know not to decapitate someone.

The secret to stopping the bad crops is knowing the size of your container, and then cropping the photos yourself before loading them. 

Details are in the first of our series of member-only Pro Tips: http://snug.sportngin.com/news_article/show/404106?referrer_id=1286159

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I feel the same way when I see pictures are under or over exposed. I've spent some time the last few months learning about ISO and it's effects on my pictures, and that has made a huge difference. I don't have the greatest camera in the world, but my photos have gotten better by knowing the "lower the light, the higher the ISO".
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For me composition is key to a good photograph, especially how it is framed. Having your subject dead center straight on is one of the least interesting perspectives. Take a look at any compelling photograph and one thing you will find is something unique about the framing. One example is to make sure you fill the frame with your subject—even cut some of your subject off if you are going for a dramatic action shot. Another trick that creates interest in your photo is having your subject slightly off center—usually slightly above center and to the left or right. Whatever you do though, your photograph should do more than just convey the facts of the scene!


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PRO TIP: PIXLR is a free web-based graphical editing tool. Works great for basic cropping or resizing images. pixlr.com/web
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VIDEO! Just added a video tutorial by Brian Ingle to the top of the article. He used Pixlr as his cropping tool. This topic has come up several times in the past couple weeks as webmasters work to optimize their photos.

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If the news aggregator is full size across the width of the page does it compress the picture? No matter what resolution I put the picture in as it seems to make the picture grainy.
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Hi,

I took at look at your site and the full-width size of your photos on your home page are 831 by 466 pixels.

It looks like the photos you are bringing in are all sized at 600 by 450 pixels, so they are being resized to fit the container.

Try bringing in photos at least 831 by 466 pixels, or larger, and you should see better results.

-- Loren

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I changed the image to 831 x 466 exactly and you can still see that the photo is compressed and grainy. Is there any way to turn the compression off?
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loren

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When bringing in photos I always make sure to set the Show Original Image setting to Yes. That should help with clarity as  long as the photo is as large, or larger, than its container.
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