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I just up-graded my camera.  I would like to know what I should set the picture size at for best “Posting” to the W.A.C.A. Website.  The camera is a Nikon COOLPIX P600.  Any suggestions for good picture taking would be appreciated.  Thanks,  RDB

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I haven’t had a Coolpix, but I’ve had several Nikon digital cameras. In my experience, any of the settings on the camera for ‘quality’ or ‘size’ will leave you with an image which is still too large (too many bytes of file space) to post directly here or most other sites.

Best (in my opinion) to set the camera to take high quality photos, or medium at least. That way, when  you capture that ‘one in a lifetime’ shot, you have a good, high quality image.  You can always edit ‘downward’ but not ‘upward’ in detail and quality.

You can later, on the camera directly, or on a computer, ‘resize’ the image. Most photo software editors, including the software supplied with your Nikon, will have a setting for ’email’ or ‘web’. If not, use a pixel size of something like 600 x 300, etc. The resulting file size should be plenty small enough to post here.

I, for one, have often wished that the photos posted here were much larger and of higher quality so that I could zoom in and see more detail.

Hope this helps. 

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You can post up to 3 meg file size and if you do any editing like rotating them (I hate looking at guns upside down) and resave them the editor will compress them more depending how you setup the software. it also depends on what your trying to show. If you want to see metal condition or engraving, high res is good.

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Nevada Paul said
I haven’t had a Coolpix, but I’ve had several Nikon digital cameras. In my experience, any of the settings on the camera for ‘quality’ or ‘size’ will leave you with an image which is still too large (too many bytes of file space) to post directly here or most other sites.

Best (in my opinion) to set the camera to take high quality photos, or medium at least. That way, when  you capture that ‘one in a lifetime’ shot, you have a good, high quality image.  You can always edit ‘downward’ but not ‘upward’ in detail and quality.

You can later, on the camera directly, or on a computer, ‘resize’ the image. Most photo software editors, including the software supplied with your Nikon, will have a setting for ’email’ or ‘web’. If not, use a pixel size of something like 600 x 300, etc. The resulting file size should be plenty small enough to post here.

I, for one, have often wished that the photos posted here were much larger and of higher quality so that I could zoom in and see more detail.

Hope this helps. 

Paul 

Paul,

We limit the picture and file size for a few reasons;

1. WACA does not own the servers that our website resides on… we lease it from a host company.  The monthly cost is paid for by our paying members. The cost is partially based on how much server “space” (memory allocation) that we use.  Large pictures suck up the memory allocation much faster.

2.  Large pictures require more (extra) time to upload and download, and that slows down the website… something none of us like.

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Nevada Paul said

I haven’t had a Coolpix, but I’ve had several Nikon digital cameras. In my experience, any of the settings on the camera for ‘quality’ or ‘size’ will leave you with an image which is still too large (too many bytes of file space) to post directly here or most other sites.

Best (in my opinion) to set the camera to take high quality photos, or medium at least. That way, when  you capture that ‘one in a lifetime’ shot, you have a good, high quality image.  You can always edit ‘downward’ but not ‘upward’ in detail and quality.

You can later, on the camera directly, or on a computer, ‘resize’ the image. Most photo software editors, including the software supplied with your Nikon, will have a setting for ’email’ or ‘web’. If not, use a pixel size of something like 600 x 300, etc. The resulting file size should be plenty small enough to post here.

I, for one, have often wished that the photos posted here were much larger and of higher quality so that I could zoom in and see more detail.

Hope this helps. 

Paul 

Paul,

We limit the picture and file size for a few reasons;

1. WACA does not own the servers that our website resides on… we lease it from a host company.  The monthly cost is paid for by our paying members. The cost is partially based on how much server “space” (memory allocation) that we use.  Large pictures suck up the memory allocation much faster.

2.  Large pictures require more (extra) time to upload and download, and that slows down the website… something none of us like.

Bert

  

Understood, and wholeheartedly agree, Bert. My intent was not to be critical of the site. This site is the most educational and informative source to my collecting, and enjoyable as well.  

The file size limit imposed by this site is actually quite generous relative to some other blogs, etc. My observation is that some of the photos posted are much, much smaller than that file size limit, and therefore of limited usefulness. I do understand that there are often various and good reasons for those small file sizes as well.

Keep up the good work.

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Thank you for your replies. 

It looks like a trial and error approach until I hit the magic spot.  First I need to find out how to get pictures worth posting.  So far my test photos don’t show an accurate reproducto of the rifle’s finish.  The rifle I am using seems to appear better in hand than in the photos.  I have to figure out the lighting first.  RDB

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That is the hardest part of taking gun pictures. The kind of light makes a big difference. sunlight, florescent, incandescent or led light can change the color. Led lights come with different color temperatures as well. Most high end cameras have settings for the type of light you use. The other issue is reflections from the lights.

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90-4-sale-013.JPGImage EnlargerI found bright sun light too harsh  These are from overcast-sun light.  Your suggestions are welcome.  Thank you, Roger

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Thank you for your replies. 

It looks like a trial and error approach until I hit the magic spot.  First I need to find out how to get pictures worth posting.  So far my test photos don’t show an accurate reproducto of the rifle’s finish.  The rifle I am using seems to appear better in hand than in the photos.  I have to figure out the lighting first.  RDB

Well that there is a DANDY of a rifle! They will most always appear better in hand than in photos.

Nice one you got there. The photos look nice to me.

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Tanks for your reply.  Wink  RDB

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I took one of the photos and did a quick shadow correction which lightens up the darkness.

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I haven’t learned that option yet.  I still have the training wheels on my camera and feel blessed that I got the pictures posted.  I  am still teachable.  It’s my memory that isn’t functioning like it used to.  Thanks for your input.  RDB

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I bet Bob is using some separate software to do this.  I use photoshop elements.  Beginners photoshop.

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90-4-sale-013.JPGImage EnlargerI found bright sun light too harsh  These are from overcast-sun light.  Your suggestions are welcome.  Thank you, Roger

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Roger, these are good, high quality photos, and great exposure.  Very nice rifle, also.  

Bob’s suggestion of bringing out shadows is a good one, I think the color improved and some additional detail is visible. Perhaps a lighter background could produce a similar effect, but playing with the editing software will give you many options for enhancement.

Good job.

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Very nice Roger! Willing to teach a techno illiterate some tricks? Very nice gun also!

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I used Faststone Image Viewer for viewing and editing all pictures on my laptop.

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Your images are very well done compared to SO MUCH that I look at!!  Yes, harsh sunlight is to be avoided at all cost.  I would also shift to a slightly darker background so that there is not quite as much brightness contrast between the rifle and the background.  You might read this for a bit of help.  https://www.gunvaluesboard.com/how-to-take-pictures-of-your-gun-4-quick-tips-that-save-time-and-yield-better-results-1420.html

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Thanks for the link twobit.  Good pointers.  I will try some different background colors.  I have a dandy horse-hide lap robe that I want to try.  My great grandad gave it to my mother’s parents the first year they were married (1917).  No heaters in the wagons or autos back then.   RDB

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Nice pix, well done!

 

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