Change The Resolution – Pixel Of Pictures Before Uploading
When uploading images to your blog, it is important to reduce the pixel count before putting them online. Your blog has the feature in the uploader to reduce the picture size after you upload it but this is really not putting a smaller picture on your page. It is only showing a smaller picture. Everytime the page loads, your blog must reduce the image to the size you selected.
This change of resolution takes time and slows your page load time. Take a look at this example:
The picture is 2048 X 1536 pixels. That is a high res photo fit for print. When you ask your blog to reduce the size by selecting a “less than full size” resolution it takes time. It takes just about the same amount of time that it takes for someone to get tired of waiting!
Reduce The Pixels Before Uploading
You can reduce the pixels of the pictures in your camera. Just go into the settings feature and select a lower resolution for the picture to be taken in as your default setting. This will not affect your image quality if you are planning on uploading them.
Use Gimp To Reduce Photo Size
Gimp is an open source photo editor that is similar to Photoshop. It is free to download and easier to use than PhotoShop. I have also heard people say they use Paint software. Your blog and your visitors will thank you when you reduce the pixel size before you upload your pictures for online viewing.
In the above example I would reduce the photo to about 500-800 pixels wide as a starter, then fine tune it online to the exact size you want.