This year I have learned a lot about myself, photography & running a business. I’m kind of embarrassed by what I learned this week. Images shot in RAW (vs JPEG) make HUGE files. This is helpful when clients want lovely, big prints. Here’s the tough lesson I discovered: apparently some programs will compress the image size in order to use less processing memory. When images have already been compressed for web use or were smaller originally (think shot in JPEG) the difference is hardly noticeable. But… when large image files are compressed in these programs it leads to ugly, gray images or zombies as I’ve come to think of them. The following images may be disturbing to some viewers. 😉
I didn’t notice when I updated my blog on my laptop because I have a good computer & a color-accurate program. It wasn’t until I saw my own website on safari on my iPhone or an iPad that I noticed the zombie invasion. Facebook images appeared normal on an iPhone but when the same images were viewed on my website in Safari it looked like a different photo! Here’s a side-by-side comparison from the SAME IPHONE:
Trying to assess the damage & what I’d have to fix I took a look at the rest of my site. I felt a little like Shaun from “Shaun of the Dead”:
I can’t see any. Maybe it’s not as bad as all that… Oh, no. There they are.
Windows does the same image reduction to desktop backgrounds or full screen slideshows. I wish there was a display option to opt-out of this but sadly, there is not. The solution I’ve found is to compress the image size myself prior to posting to the web. Unfortunately, it takes time to update the larger files I’ve already added prior to this revelation.
Lesson learned! Goodbye zombies! No double tap required.
Until next time,