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.
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.
Do not scale or edit photos beforehand
Unless you are a professional photographer or have other interests in mind, leave that part to your web company.
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.
Check out more tips
We have several more tips on photography that you can use in tandem with the advice in this article.