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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Latest Listen Ramble Imaging for Screen Resolutions

Every time I look to make changes and tweaks to the site I try to take into account a number of items... one of which is how the site looks at different screen display sizes.  When I first started searching for this type of information (several years ago) I always ran across comments about how designers shouldn't forget about those with 800x600 displays.  When I looked at the stats back then I figured that 800x600 was going away and besides, it was too restrictive for what I wanted to do... so I just defaulted to 1024x768... and ignored the poor soul that was still at 800x600.

When I recently checked the stats I started thinking that even 1024x768 was going to be a dinosaur...

Screen Display Stats

 

This graph is based on the stats from the w3schools site... and it looks to show that 1024x768 will die off even faster than 800x600 will.

Site designers and template makers will probably debate the merits of static designs vs. fluid designs and layout and blah, blah, blah...

What I am more concerned with is how to address this changing "demographic" as a photographer and panorama creator.

Why?

As I said before, I have been looking at 1024x768 as the standard... so, when I get towards the end of my developing / editing process I start thinking about how to optimize the image for the web... what size will I create and how will I balance between resizing, sharpening and compression level (i.e. image quality).  It used to be all about how a print will turn out... and just throw a small image on the web.  Now, printing is still important... but how it looks online can be just as critical.  Who wants to spend time looking at thumbnails when they can see it large on another site?

The same concerns come into play when working with panoramas as well... especially if you like to enable that wonderful "fullscreen" view.  Now you are trying to balance size and quality at both a known original display size... as well as an unknown variable size based upon the viewer's screen real estate.  When doing this dance with "still" imagery it may mean working with a final image file size that is 100kb, or 300kb... but when working with panos you may be jumping from looking good with 500kb to needing 5+mb of images.

It will be an interesting evolution for both still images and panoramas... and how we go about displaying them online.


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