When presenting pictures in a blog or on a website they are viewed by the reader in a browser. The photos are rarely shown full-screen. As the page is opened there is a short delay for the pictures to download. Depending on the users Internet connection speed and the number and size of images, this may be just a moment or it can be an annoying wait. There is some control we can exercise to minimize this time. Fewer and smaller pictures is one way, but even without compromising the look and content there are some steps to improve the presentation. Before I explain my approach, take a look at this photo:

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If you have not already done so, click on the image for a larger size view. The photo on this page is not of bad quality, is it? I don’t mean artistic quality, but how well detail and colors are rendered on the page. A bit of explanation for my less knowledgeable readers: To show a picture in a browser window, that picture has to be downloaded from some server on the web, and possibly rescaled, before it can be displayed. It stands to reason that this can be done faster for a smaller file size. More »