Ever since starting my new blogs I have been struggling with the picture quality. I take my pictures on a great camera, and when they first import off my SD card and into iPhoto they still look super crisp and great, but then when I export them to pull them into Blogger they go drastically down in quality. I have tried resizing them on all different platforms - through iPhoto, Picasa, PicMonkey, on my actual Macbook desktop, Photobucket, and on Blogger itself, but none of them worked. They all made the picture look blurry and took away from all the time that I took into taking nice pictures in the first place. So... I did what I do best. I googled.
There's a running joke in my family that I google everything, and it's true. If I hear something somewhere that interests me I will spend hours researching it online - everything from the Plague of Europe to Feug Shui to random famous museums. But even so, it took me ages to finally figure out my picture problem. I followed multiple tutorials on how to fix them with nothing helping until I finally found one webpage that helped. See below:
After: More crisp, and much prettier.
So on the off chance that you are also a blogger and having this issue, I'll tell you how I fix mine.
- First of all, I take my pictures on my Canon Rebel T3i or T5i, on a SD card.
- I then pull my pictures from my SD card into a folder on my desktop, and then from that folder pull them into iPhoto, where I pick and choose which pictures I want to use. I normally take way more than I need, so iPhoto is an easy way to weed through all the options and delete them quickly.
- Next I pull the picture into Blogger through Bloggers built-in "Picture Uploader" while the picture is still in its original size. I haven't done any resizing at this point.
- I select "Extra Large" as the picture size.
- Then I go into the HTML of the actual blog post, and look for this bit of code:
See the bit that says /s1600/ at the end of the first link and then says /s640/ at the end of the second link? That's the problem. Simply delete the second bit that says 640 and replace it with 1600 so you have both links reading /s1600/
Problem Solved. That's it. So simple, and yet it took me ages to figure out. It's a small change, but it makes a huge difference in my eyes. I love pretty photos!