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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-28-2016, 04:52 PM  
LR - best export practices for web/social media
Posted By loji
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ha! Thanks for the details .. and yes, the DOF is a sliver in this shot .. probably not the best for an example. The other pics in the listings show more traditional full-field views.

Good to know the main issue is with etsy creating the thumbnail , I can concentrate on optimizing for that process, and the rest should follow suit, btw : how did you check those technical details on the twitter sub sampling? (just curios to learn more)>

and yes, I am vastly still learning. pulling more depth of field will help, also getting the right color balance. (some of those shots are naturally lit from a window, some had a lamp on as well ... i've gotten some small LED lights that seem to do a decent job . will experiment more with those as well to keep it more controlled and repeatable. . Been busy building for the holidays! working 8am-1am on the weekends for markets .... FHEW! (and started a new regular job to boot). . . at least this camera kit will pay itself off quickly .... not sure if it's the holidays starting, or the better pictures :: but online sales have picked up! (and I got 4x wholesale orders in a week after a year of not having any) ... maybe people did funny focus and mixed light :-p (jk)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-28-2016, 11:37 AM  
LR - best export practices for web/social media
Posted By loji
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interesting ...

I was leaving them at 4000x whatever as comes out of the camera .. I'll have to check and do some experiments ..

So basically, I'm being crafty and ultra-efficient. . (or trying)

I'm doing product photography for my business for the holidays, hence buying the Pentax : Resolute Star Handmade Gifts in Wood Poetry and by ResoluteStar

and I set up an IFTTT so when there is a new etsy listing, it automatically pushes it to twitter, flickr, tumblr, and pintrest .. no clicks or work on my part. :)

So these streams are a mix of LR edited product photos, and cell-phone intsagram pics, etc ... ie: social media marketing without spending 10000x hours at it.


for instance here's the flickr : Resolute Star | Flickr
and the twitter : Resolute Star (@ResoluteStarNYC) | Twitter


... one thing I noticed if flickr is only grabbing the etsy thumb-nail .. not the full sized uploaded image. (probably a IFTTT issue, it just grabs from an RSS feed)

They just all look soft comparatively .. Is this form the re-size? or should I be sharpening more for screen? ..

If you look a this listing : Gift Cigarette Case & Roller Machine : Dream big by ResoluteStar
and click the little 'zoom' button,


I really want to keep a natural feel to the products, to understand the texture of the wood and make the photo feel 'touchable' without over-sharpening. I also need it to pop in a busy visual feed ..

(btw: these listings are a mix of new pentax photos (mostly the limited 35 macro,) and an older point and shot Nikon. You may be able to tell which are which ;)

I'm also still trying to nail my contrast and color balance in LR ... making things look exciting, but not over-saturated. .
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-27-2016, 03:26 PM  
LR - best export practices for web/social media
Posted By loji
Replies: 13
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I know many online services (fb, instagram, Flickr, etc....) Will resize and alter images. (For thumbnails, to conserve bandwidth, etc ...)

I'm using a K5 and DA35 macro for product shots, and FA77 for other details and the 'vibe' I do some slight adjustment in LR (exposure/vibrance, etc..) to keep a natural but more pleasing punch and then export

I'm noticing the thumbnails and images look noticeably worse online than in LR ... I'm sure there will always be a slight difference . . . But how I can keep the most control with it, and export correctly?

I export at maximum quality and keep file size to under 5mb (the limit for these online services)
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