I follow a LOT of blogs and I frequently see photos that look terribly washed out, which is a shame if the pictures are landscape shots that are meant to look good. Scott Kelby posted to his blog that he figured out that if he let WordPress reduce his photos to fit the maximum allowable size, they didn’t look so hot. I went back to some of my photos and while I couldn’t force every one of them to improve, this one had a pretty dramatic difference:
So if you have the same problem, whether your blog is on WordPress or one of the others, try sizing your photos to *your* maximum (in my case it’s 500 pixels on the long side) before you upload them and see if that makes a difference. The downside to this is that your visitor won’t be able to click on the photo to get a larger view. But 500 pixels is a decent size, don’t you think?
(And my apologies in advance if you get a bunch of old Wordless Wednesdays in your feed. I went back and changed them all to 500 pixels.)
[UPDATE: It seems that whether or not you see a difference in these two photos depends upon your browser and operating system. I can see it on my Mac in Safari, Firefox and NetNewsWire. My husband cannot see it on his Mac with Camino. At the office, I cannot see it on my PC with IE6 or Firefox. So now I don’t know what to tell you.]