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Say No to Fuzzy Full Screen Photos

August 26, 2013  |  by Jess

Welcome to Day 1 of Photo Week! This entire week we’ll be talking about what makes a good photo featuring tips from some professionals as well as highlighting the tools and tutorials that will help you get the most benefit out of MRIS products and services!

To kick off the week, let’s first address some questions about fuzzy full screen photos.

Does image size matter? Yes! The smaller the image size, the fuzzier the photo looks when displayed larger. Take a look at the image below:

It looks okay until you increase the size of it. Click the green links below to see this same photo sized to 800×600, 1024×768 and 1280×960 pixels.

Not all sizes will look this fuzzy or grainy when resized to a larger size. Take a minute to look at the following links to see how higher resolution images look when sized up to 2048×1536 pixels (the maximum size). Note: After clicking the links to open the picture in a web browser you will see a magnifying glass with a “+” sign. Click the image again to zoom in on the photo. iPad users will be able to zoom in even closer.

As you can see, the 800×600 and the 1024×768 pixel images are not nearly as fuzzy as the 400×300 image when increased to larger pixel sizes.

How can you keep from having this fuzzy image problem? Check the camera’s settings and make sure you’re shooting at a higher resolution/bigger size. As all cameras are different, you should consult your owner’s manual to determine how to do this.

Come back tomorrow for Day 2 of Photo Week with a post on staging your photos from RTV, Inc.

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10 responses to “Say No to Fuzzy Full Screen Photos”

  1. Ron Frazier says:

    Just bought a Nikon D7000 and want to thank you for the pixel tips. I am a rookie photographer but enjoy taking pics and learning as much as I can about shooting real estate pics.

  2. […] encourage you to refer back to our earlier post on fuzzy full screen photos to see examples of photos that have been stretched to display as “full screen” to see […]

  3. JLP says:

    Is this another fineable compliance issue waiting to happen.

  4. Candy says:

    I assume, after reading the above, that the complaint we use to receive several years ago was our photos was too large to be downloaded so I had to reduce the size in order to get the various sites to accept them. Is that problem no longer an issue because I know how to adjust my Nikon to take higher resolution photos but the only complaint I usually receive about photos is from the New Homes Guide saying the resolution is not high enough; but my homepage, MRIS & other sites where I download photos use to want them in a smaller resolution because of their download/upload issues – am I correct in assuming I can forget about those prior problems?

  5. Great stuff and the photos will look a lot nicer on the new and improved MRIS slideshow. Of course, terrible photos will be even more terrible when they're super sharp and larger. Dirty laundry on the floor and dishes in the sink will really stand out.

  6. Susan says:

    What do you mean by "raw" photos?

  7. Ken Brown says:

    Susan, RAW is a format used by professional and semi-professional cameras that captures the image data from the sensor without compression. JPEG is a lossy format method that processes images in the camera to reduce the file size of images. RAW images are not processed in the camera, are larger and contain much more information about the image which allows a much greater degree of manipulation in post processing.

    Most professional photographers prefer to take pictures in the RAW format so that they get the maximum quality that the camera can produce and an image file that can be processed more extremely without degrading the overall quality of the picture.

    It is always a good idea to set you camera to record the highest quality picture possible. You can reduce the size of an image to suit your application, but trying to make a small image larger leads to poor quality. Better quality photos take more space to store, but the cost of memory cards and hard drives are so inexpensive that you can store tens of thousand of photos on a current hard drive and still have tons of space left.

    To see if your camera will shoot in RAW, find the quality setting in the menus and see if it is an option. If you are unfamiliar about how to process RAW images, select “large jpg/fine” or maximum for your quality setting.

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