More than 250 million images are posted to Facebook on a daily basis.
Add to this platforms like Flickr, Twitter, Instgram, your own blog and website and it is quite obvious that it is very easy for your images to get lost in the masses.
What makes an image stands out is a discussion for another time but for now let’s look at three of the most common mistakes people make when preparing their images for the web.
1. Dust Spots are bad
Dust spots are a normal part of wildlife photography. Like it or not, you are going to get them at some point in time.
I have been absolutely amazed at how many photographers, both hobbyists and professionals, post image online without checking for and removing dust spots.
With software like Lightroom removing these dust spots is, literally, a two click process. There really is no excuse.
One of the times that dust spots really show up is during longer exposures so if you have been shooting panning motion or landscape images make sure to check your image before hitting the upload button.
2. Check your color space
Not all too common these days but there are still some occasions when an image with the wrong color space shows up.
The above image has been saved in ProPhoto RGB instead of the internet friendly sRGB profile.
If you have your editing software set up correctly this is not something you need to worry about but if you ever save a file, upload it and it just looks wrong take a moment to check what color profile you used to save the file.
3. Sharpen for web – but not too much
You have to sharpen your images.
Even if it is just a little, sharpening an image for it’s intended use is imperative to create the best possible results.
Sharpening images for online use is the same but funny enough the problem is not that people don’t sharpen their images but rather they over-sharpen. Badly!
The goal with wildlife photography is to create a realistic representation of your subject.
When you over-sharpen your image you not only start creating images that look harsh and unrealistic but it can also affect the subtle colors in your images.
If you are unsure rather err on the side of caution. Less could in this case be more.
Some of the other, let’s call them mistakes, that some people make include cropping way too much resulting in seriously pixelated imaged and watermarks that draw more attention than your actual image. Watermarks that look like all you do in your spare time is work on creating increasingly more intricate watermarks with text and symbols and images and… don’t. Keep it simple.
You have taken the time to create an image and then process it to maximize the RAW possibilities.
Don’t let one of these three simple mistakes take away from what could be a great quality wildlife image!
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt[divider scroll_text=”Go to Top”]