We all love to upload our images to social media. Be it to show our professional work, get critique from our peers or just to show our friends and family our latest shots, between us, we upload tens of millions of images per day to social media sites. As photographers, of course, we strive to display our images in the best way possible way, something that is not always easy with social media. Different sites have different sizes and different compression rates meaning outputting an image say for Facebook, may not look as good when shown on Twitter. Today we are going to give you a brief guide to outputting your images to social media. Let's start by looking at Sizing Images. The first thing to note is that all social media sites will resize your images automatically to the correct size. However, their compression techniques may not be as good as your software and also you don’t get to decide how the image is cropped or scaled.
Facebook has a bewildering array of different sizes depending on whether it a cover, profile, timeline or linking image. However as a rule of thumb if you are uploading a cover photo it’s maximum dimensions will be 1200x1200px. This can be re-aligned manually when uploaded. For images to be displayed in the timeline the optimum size is 1200×628 pixels. This is the size that is displayed when you click on the images to show it full size. For portrait format keep the longest side at 1200px. Images are compressed to show on the timeline with both landscape and portrait images becoming 470 pixels wide and cropped to suit.