Happy New Year! Let’s Talk Resolution(s)

Let’s talk resolutions. There are three types of resolution: high, low, and of course, New Year’s! High resolution is my personal favorite 😉 In all seriousness, though, resolution and resolutions are important, so since it is the beginning of a new year, let’s talk about them all!

When it comes to photos, resolution can be tricky. We have all heard of hi-res and low-res images, but what exactly does that mean? Let me break down the differences and the various uses for high and low resolution and also the value of new year’s resolutions!

According to microscope.org, resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image. Resolution is sometimes identified by the width and height of the image as well as the total number of pixels in the image. For example, an image that is 2048 pixels wide and 1536 pixels high (2048 x 1536) contains (multiply) 3,145,728 pixels (or 3.1 Megapixels). That’s a whole bunch of technical mathy stuff, so let’s simplify it. Simply put, resolution is the detail an image holds. High-resolution images have more detail and low-resolution images have less detail.

Why is this important? Well, that depends on what you intend to do with your images. If you plan to print last weekend’s family reunion photo on a 20×30 canvas, you need a high-resolution image (think lots of detail like a 6016×4000 pixel image) so that when the image is printed at that size, it retains the detail and looks as amazing as you hoped it would. Low-resolution images don’t print well at larger sizes because they hold less detail, which gets lost when the image size is increased, and the image becomes blurry or distorted.

Fear not though, there is use for low-resolution images. In this social-media driven post-everything-online world in which we live, low-resolution images are your friend. Because of the ways that social media platforms are set up to show photos, they have to resize digital images in order to fit into their feeds. If you use a high-resolution image to post to your Facebook page, Facebook will shrink, or compress, that image to make it fit their platform. While you may be thinking that high-resolution images should be okay because they have so much detail, they actually suffer from this compression just like low-res images do when they are enlarged.

Compression shrinks the image size which means that those little pixels that are currently fitting 300 per inch, are now trying to fit into a much smaller area. Think about taking a cup (literally 8 ounces) of water and trying to make it fit into a 4 ounce cup…what happens? You have a mess to clean up! Basically the same thing happens when a photo is compressed. Your pixels are spilling out of their space and they make a mess. In an image, this translates into soft or blurry details and less than ideal image quality. But, lower resolution images don’t have that problem!

Of course, if the resolution is too low, you will still run into blur, even on social media. A nice image with a lower resolution (for example 960×640) fits nicely on social media platforms without losing any of the detail or image quality that you want.

Now that we know the value of both high and low resolution images, let’s talk about New Year’s resolutions!!! Who sets them? Who thinks they are stupid? Personally, I don’t really set resolutions anymore because it’s kind of cliche to set a resolution on January 1st only to see it fizzle by the 31st. I prefer to use the new year as a time to look at my regular ongoing goals and see if I have been doing the things to achieve them and then determine if I need to change course to continue toward them. Setting goals or making resolutions is something that happens regularly for many of us.

In business, we have to constantly set, revise, work for, achieve, and reset our goals or we don’t succeed. The same applies to regular life. If we don’t know what we are working for, how will ever know when we have achieved it? No matter how small or large your goals are, it is important to identify them and also to identify a plan to achieve them. In this regard, I think the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect, revise, and resolve to do better than I did the last year.

So, what are your new resolutions? Leave a comment to let us know what you’re working on this year!

Until next time, keep it REAL ♡

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