Have you ever been to a photographer’s website and it was mentioned that you will receive either LOW RES IMAGES and/or HIGH RES IMAGES and wondered what that meant? If you’re like most people and you’re not a photographer, then take comfort…you are not alone in your confusion.
As a photographer, I find when discussing printing and sharing options for client's photos, that when I mention LOW and HIGH RES images, a look of uncertainty crosses their face as they admit that "No, I don’t really know what that all means".
So I wanted to help clear some confusion.
I’m not going to get too technical, but here’s the real simple lowdown to help you understand the difference and what you can do with LOW RESOLUTION IMAGES and HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES.
LOW RESOLUTION IMAGES
Are images where the size of pixels within an image is larger. The larger the pixels in the image, the lower the resolution. The actual file size of the image is smaller however, because there is less information contained within the image.
It means that you can use low resolution images only for uploading to the internet or sending by email. So they are great to share on Facebook or send to family and friends via email because of their small size and they look nice and sharp because they are formatted especially to suit the web.
**Warning: If you try to print low resolution images, your photos may look fuzzy, especially if you try to print larger size photos.
HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES
Are images where the size of pixels within an image are smaller and more dense. The smaller the pixels in an image, the higher the resolution. The actual file size of the image is larger however as the image contains more information.
It means that you can use high resolution images for printing photos and other materials, like books, etc. High resolution images allow you to print photos and things like canvasses of varying sizes from small to large while still retaining sharpness of the digital image and quality, regardless of size.
**Warning: If you try to upload high resolution images to the internet or send them via email, they may either take forever to load or not load at all because the size is too large. If you do manage to upload a high resolution image, it may appear fuzzy and unclear, but not always.
I hope this simple explanation helps you understand the difference so you know what you’re getting in terms of images and photos and how to use them. Because depending on whether you’re going to be using those images to print family or wedding photographs or canvasses to showcase on your wall at home or whether you just want to share them with family and friends over the net, will determine which type of images are best for you…LOW RES or HIGH RES.
* P.S. If you're still confused or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back to you.