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What are the ideal image sizes for emailing, and how do I manage file size?
Answer: Many cameras today have five, six or even seven or more -megapixel imagers which are capable of creating beautiful, high-resolution images. However, these detailed images equate to very large file sizes, and while large is good for printing, it’s not ideal for emailing.
Email limitations. Whether you use Web mail or a desktop client email program like Microsoft Outlook, you can run into inbox and file-size limits when trying to upload or send large picture files. Even broadband Internet users can get frustrated by the amount of time it can take to download a 4-megapixel image file.
Know your audience. Who will view your emailed image, and what do they plan to do with it? If your recipient only plans to view the image on their screen, a 800x600 pixel image will do. If they want to print a 4x6, you should send at least a 1200x1800 pixel image.
Resizing. You can easily resize your images using Olympus Master or Olympus Master 2. Read more about how to do this here.
Adjusting your in-camera settings. If you know ahead of time that you only require lower-resolution images you can adjust your camera’s image quality settings to produce email and Web-friendly images. This will save you editing time. Check your users manual for more information on how to do this.
Online photo sharing. There are many online services that let you easily share many photos at a time with many people. Online photo sharing services vary from one provider to another. Type “photo sharing” in your favorite search engine, then click around and see which one you like most.
Snail Mail. If you want to share dozens of high-resolution images one time-tested method is to burn them on a CD or DVD, and mail them by way of the good old Postal Service.
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