Cameras are taking photos with increasing amazing resolutions. This means the megapixels keep growing and growing. Fortunately, you can crop small portions of your photos and still print them with clarity. Unfortunately, this means the photos are becoming very large and unwieldy in size.
These growing file sizes are causing issues in all sorts of areas, the most important being backups. They also cause issues with manipulating and transferring those files.
Many people have online photo albums either on Facebook, Flickr, Google+, or digital scrapbooks they’ve created. Photo galleries are becoming popular on many corporate websites. Photos help sales when listing products on eBay or Kijiji. Emailing batches of trip or family photos to your relatives is common.
The problem: transferring (uploading) these large photo files to these websites in large quantities can be a painful experience. Emails generally have a limit of 8MB worth of attachments, this can sometimes be only 2 photos! Many websites have limits on how large the files can be when uploading. It can be super slow and painful transferring large numbers of photos online.
There is a solution!
One of my prior posts helped you rename a large number of photos at once and merge them together sequentially (based on camera time and date) from multiple cameras. This was the bulk rename utility. See Merging Vacation Photos From Multiple Cameras.
There is a bulk (batch) resize utility… enter FastStone Photo Resizer. This handy program (free for personal use) should be part of everyone’s toolkit. It allows you to select a directory of full of images (many different formats supported including jpg) and perform the same thing on every one of them. This includes converting them, renaming them, and most importantly, resizing them all.
You can resize them based on a percentage or based on a fixed width or height.
This is handy for quickly resizing a directory full of images before you upload them to your favorite social media site, listing them for sale, or emailing them to family. Smaller image sizes generally do not affect the people viewing them, only if they were going to print them, in which case you would keep the original files.
FastStone can help save you a lot of time and frustration.