One fantastic thing about social and mobile is watching how a business owner gets excited taking and using their own photos. Pictures of their store, their products, their employees, the new tire on the company truck … once that bug bites, it’s fast-spreading.
A challenge is that the images uploaded from your phone or camera are often HUGE. And if you put these photos on your site in their original form – it can really slow your site down. A lot.
One browser-based tool I’ve been recommending is ImageOptimizer.Net (also available as a download). Simply upload the photo, pick a maximum size desired (for web use, I use 500), and optimize.
Here’s a screen shot of a how ImageOptimizer resized a recent photo I uploaded from a digital camera:
The original image was 2560w by 1920h and 2271KB. After Image Optimizer, we went to 500 by 375 and 33KB. Big difference! Though I haven’t downloaded the software, I understand you can batch upload many images at once.
If you are a MAC user, consider using Automator to batch resize your photos (help from OSXDaily). It’s my preferred method if I’m at my own computer. Additionally, WP plugin WPSmush.it helps reduce images sizes for WordPress users.
Know of other forms of resizing or optimizing your images? Share them below.