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1. Posted by HappyTrav (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y

My new Canon SD300 shoots around a minimum
of 1MB per photo. How can I even upload one
pic to TravellersPoint if the max is 50KB?

Any other advice on great website locations
to upload larger file size photos?

Or someone please tell me how to reduce these pics?

Thank you in advance for your help!!


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Go into your photo editor, and save the photo as a JPEG with a smaller resolution. There should be a "resize" option that allows you to shrink the photo down. 420 x 280 pixels should be a good size to shrink them down to a reasonable kb.


3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 12y

Hi Justin,

Part of the reason we've put these restrictions on filesizes is that they need to be small for people to be able to look at them on the net. The download time for a 1mb file on a dialup modem could be up to an hour!! As Greg said, a photo editor will help you resize the pics to a web friendly / email friendly size. There's a post in the System Talk forum from a while back with some instructions on doing it in Paint if you don't have anything else.


4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Photo File Size Issue:

Hi Justin,

I use the software "Photo Impression 4" and "Photo Suite 4" to reduce the size of pictures to upload onto the Travellers Point webpage. I think this software might have come with my digital camera when I bought it.

If you are saving your photo's to CD-Rom first, then save them in their original size of 1MB or whatever. CD-Rom's can often store 720MB anyhow. Once burnt to CD, copy a pic to the desktop of a computer in MY PICTURES, and work with the copy.

Good luck !!! :)

5. Posted by capisco (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y allow you to upload up to 2 mega byte for free :)
why not use it ?

6. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y


I've got some pics I want to upload to this site. The files are way too big so I've reduced them to fit the 50kb limit. The thing is they are now terrible quality - much lower res than the pics I've already viewed on here. I've got Windows XP and am not using any special photo software to resize the pics.

Anyone know what I could be doing wrong?


7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Hi Mikey,

What program did you use to resize them?

There are a few different resolutions you can set jpegs to. If you keep them under 450 pixels wide or high and save them as a medium quality (often even high quality) jpg, it should stay under 50 k but still be good viewing online.

Quoting "capisco" allow you to upload up to 2 mega byte for free why not use it ?

The total amount you are allowed to upload anywhere is a lot less relevant since if you are uploading 1 mb photos you will then only be allowed to upload two shots (not to mention that uploading and viewing will take forever on slow connections).

Personally I don't think anyone should be uploading photos much bigger than 100 kb online as the web doesn't really make for huge file storage (a cd or extra memory card is a lot easier and can take a lot more photos)...

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 11y

Hey Mikey,

I haven't tried it, but the Google owned and free Picasa looks pretty good. Considering they allow you to send email size pictures, I'd assume they would also have an export/save as function that would allow for good resizing.

9. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Right I've managed to reduce the file size of my pictures using Picasa (thanks Peter). I now have another problem however??

Even though it appears that I have successfully uploaded the image, the space where the picture should appear remains blank. When I right click on this it does not seem to recognise it as a JPEG file. I've double checked that the image is indeed saved as a standard JPEG and it appears that it is?

I guess that there is still something that I'm still doing wrong.

Apologies for being an IT idiot!


10. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 11y

Hey Mikey,

Not sure what's going on! There's no pics (or blank spaces) in your gallery though, so it's clear something didn't work :)

Did you get any error messages at all? Perhaps you could give it another go. If it doesn't work, could you send me a copy of the picture and I'll give it a go from mine to make sure something isn't broken! I'll send you a PM with my email address.

Is Picasa any good? It seems pretty nice from the screenshots.