A lot of 'how you do it' is tied to 'what programs you use'.
Some things are safe bets for posting photos regardless of editor employed.
Obviously you need to send a JPEG file; it's the de facto web standard. Keeping the color straight usually requires an sRGB color profile and working color space during the editing of the image.
Most 15 inch screens are about 90-98 pixels per inch, so scrolling is held to a minimum by making the longest edge 800 pixels (or less, as the vertical dimension is usually less than 800 pixels; larger monitors are more forgiving).
It really helps if the editing software allows you to think in pixels vs inches, percentage etc. If your editing software can maintain aspect ratio, setting the longest side also sets the shorter--this is routine.
As for download speed 60-85% jPEG compression works for the largest number of folks-file sizes in low 10s of KBytes (20-40K).
Knowing what you use would allow a custom scheme to be developed just for you.
Originally Posted by Old Padawan
Why are my photos so HUGE?
I shoot them on low resolution, post them in photobucket, then post them here. What step am I missing?
Hey Bill if you up load to photobucket you will see right above the picture see five choices of things you can do with the photo. Click on EDIT when that opens up you will see more choices click on RESIZE. Click on it and in the drop down menu click on 640x480. Go back to your frist page and high light IMG code. Copy it and then you can Paste it here on the forum. It will look like this.