Fun with Photos of Mt Rainier where Size Matters

For as long as I’ve been blogging and including pictures in my posts I’ve had a conundrum – file size matters. As you probably already know there is a limit to how much media space you have, depending on your plan. I upgraded a long time ago because of that but even my current plan has its limits.

My Sony RX10 camera takes wonderful pictures but of enormous size. For instance the original of the photo below is a whopping 17 MB which makes it prohibitive to post. Cropping it will reduce the size but also reduce the content of the picture.

I haven’t purchased any software that might deal with the problem. But this morning I did discover (rediscover?) Paint. I wanted to add a border to a picture I took on our recent visit to Paradise at Mt. Rainier, and lo and behold, found the ‘resize’ function and shrank the photo to 10% of the original size. If there’s a difference in quality I can’t discern it. Oh Happy Day!

Here’s one more for good measure where the original was close to 15 MB and the resized version less than 1 MB.

I don’t know how often I’ll bother with adding a border but now I have a tool to deal with the file size of a picture I’d like to post intact.

How do the rest of you photographers deal with this issue?

~ Susanne

28 Comments on “Fun with Photos of Mt Rainier where Size Matters

  1. Hi Susanne, To control photo file size I use Picasa on the edit screen – I use export – then resize the pixels- and check automatic to control the image quality. You may have under File an export/resize feature on Paint also. – Jeanne 🌺

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I found the Paint resize feature very easy to use. But I love to have options and will check out Picasa too, though it looks like it’s been retired. 😊

    • There are so many photos posted on blogs, I kept wondering how folks were managing file size. Perhaps others are using more sophisticated tools (that cost money) but I was happy to discover Paint works well for this. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

      • What I would do in your situation is bring it up on Photoshop and then save it at lowest quality. If you don’t have Photoshop, there may be freeware like Polarr on Chrome.

      • I don’t have photoshop but will keep looking for free software. But honestly I was happy that Paint was so easy to use.

  2. I have no suggestions for you as far as photo editors, but your pictures are breathtaking.

  3. I use Photoshop Express (PE) to process my photos. I paid for mine though I see nowadays it says it’s a free online tool. I don’t have any photos in the cloud or on other platforms so I like having PE loaded on my laptop. A free alternative that I know of is Gimp, which I haven’t used but which many people like.
    In PE, after I’ve adjusted my photos, I save them as jpegs. Then I add my watermark and ‘Save for Web.’ With this method, all my posted photos, stored in my media area in WordPress, are 300kb or less.
    Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you want more info. Oh, and nice photos by the way.

    • Thanks so much for your thorough answer. It’s very helpful. Your photos are so good, I’m encouraged that quality doesn’t suffer by reducing the file size. I looked into Photoshop in the past but I believe there are no local versions anymore, only monthly subscriptions.
      I tried Gimp but it seemed too complicated for me; but maybe I’ll play with it more. I’ll also look into Photoshop Express, I’ve never heard of that one. Thanks again for your help.

      • Photoshop is so big and all encompassing these days and it costs a bundle. Photoshop Express does everything I need for much less. But you’re right that Adobe has mostly transitioned to monthly subscriptions these days. If PE gives out on me then I think that’s when I’ll try Gimp and see if this old dog can learn a new trick or two!

      • It seems that both blogging and photography continually cause us to learn new tricks! That’s a good thing I suppose. 🙂

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 Paint is the free software that comes loaded with Windows I think so was already on my computer. I’d printed something a while back from another blogger who shared how to add a border to a photo using Paint, and only incidentally mentioned the ‘resize’ function. I was thrilled to find something I could use as I’ve been worried about my media capacity filling up.

      I think Photoshop is the most popular and I might have been willing to buy a local version but it seems to be only by subscription now and I didn’t want to get into that.

  4. I always resize my photos to save space. Good to know I’m not the only one! Haven’t needed to upgrade yet, haha. I use photoshop to resize and add my ‘watermark’.

    • Thanks so much for your comment. I always thought I’d try photoshop – I still may – but didn’t like the idea of paying for it monthly. I wish you could still get a standalone version.

      • I agree! I still have a very old standalone version that I treasure for as long as my laptop’s alive, haha! If I needed a programme to only resize photos, I’d probably go for something else. 😉

  5. I bought the 2020 CD version of Adobe Photoshop Elements for a one-off price, so no monthly fee. It cost around $100 in your money. I use it to reduce file size by 50%, so the photos can still be enlarged for detailed viewing. You can reduce it by a lot more than that if you choose to of course. It also has a huge amount of other applications, but I don’t use any of them except size reduction. One more learning curve that I don’t feel the need to tackle!
    Best wishes, Pete.

      • Amazon sell the CD version. You get a unique code on the inner insert, and when you enter that it downloads onto your PC. It will last as long as you want to use it, and can also be used on your other devices. (with a CD drive) The monthly cost option is for the more flexible system that also incudes photo storage, tweaks and updates. This is the CD I bought.

  6. Wow those pictures are so pretty! And, at least on my iPad they look almost 3-D! What I always do is edit my photos in the Microsoft Office Picture Manager, which I assume is part of the whole Microsoft Office package. It’s been on my laptop for so many years that I don’t remember how long I’ve had it. But it lets you crop pictures and resize them, and you can do a few other basic editing on it too. I always choose “Web Large” which is 640×480 pixels for my blog pics. It will resize the photo to as close as it can get to that, depending its dimensions. I have Corel Print Shop Pro also, but I mostly just use it to edit my photos for the Panda and Foster adventures.

      • Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂 I’m really grateful for all the replies I’ve gotten on this post. And fyi, I used a special setting on my camera when I took the pictures at Mt. Rainier that must have produced the 3D effect you see! 🙂 I was pleased with the result!

        I’m not familiar with MS Office Picture Manager even though I have an old Office version (2007) that I use for Word and Excel – a CD I bought when I worked for the City years ago. For basic edits on my photos I use the photo app that came delivered with Windows 10. I just found where you can resize a photo but not by a simple percentage, you have to define the H & W pixels which I’m not sure what values to use.

        I’ve gone back through my Media Library lately and I’m finding huge files I posted in the early days of my blog; I’m looking for the worst offenders that are eating up space and replacing them. Going forward I’m resizing my pictures to save space. For now I’m using Paint as it’s simple but I’m going to explore the tools others mentioned.

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