Photos for the Web

At Pro Web, we receive a ton of photos every week – many of them to be integrated into client websites.  Sometimes we  have to throw out a lot of potentially good photographs because they are not “fit” for the website.  What usually causes this is incorrect layout – an easily avoidable mistake.

There are a few easy steps you can take to make sure your photos are appropriate for the web.

Quality is key

Large, pixel perfect, high resolution images always work best. Obviously, it is your design concept that determines the size of the image, but its size needs to be enough for it to make an impact. Such images look impressive and display a professional approach towards Web design.

Consider where your photos are going

Most photos on the web are places in a gallery of some sort.  Galleries, particularly on the web, tend to be in a “wide” format.  This means that they are designed to hold “landscape” style photographs, rather than tall, “portrait” style photos.  By taking your pictures with this in mind, you can improve the look of the gallery by making your images consistent.

If your photos are for a certain area of your website, keep the shape of that area in mind!

Watch the background!

When taking photos to display publicly on the internet, be sure to remove all unrelated items or clutter from the background of the shot.  This will not only improve your photo aesthetically, but it will appear more professional and more thought out.

Always turn off time stamps!

“Time stamps” are small text overlays on your photo that display the date and time that the photo was taken.  While these can be useful, they can potentially destroy a photo, as it cannot be removed once the photo has been taken!  Be sure to make sure your camera does not have time-stamping enabled.