Tips for selecting photos
for your listing
These photos are small. They are processed to 1.5 inches
square (108 pixels) at 72 dpi. Why are they so small? If
you have many of these on a page, it would take so long
for the page to download with all these photos, if the files
weren't small. One of these photos saved at good quality
takes up 7K to 8K of space, which means that the pages still
load quickly enough. If these were all 20K photos, imagine
how long it would take a page to load if there were ten
of these on a page!
So choosing a photo that will work well with the space is
very important to a good result.
Some photos are better suited than others to become small
and stay looking good. Here is a great example:
These photos are perfect examples of how photo orientation
works beautifully in this space. The cats' poses in the
photos are almost naturally square. They also show off how
color contrast can work in favor of the cat -- the darker
background sets off the light cat very nicely. They are
both excellent choices for space and color.
a square shot doesn't work, a head shot is also a nice way
to handle a small photo. A "square" shot doesn't necessary
favor the lithe and long Cornish Rex, but this head makes
a bold and beautiful statement. Breeds where head shots
work nicely also include the Maine Coon (love those lynx
tips!), Scottish Folds, Persians, Himalayans, Sphynx . .
. well, it works well for nearly every breed. It's always
a safe bet.
shots are not necessary. A home photo, carefully chosen,
can make a great statement. Kittens are especially good
subjects for this kind of photograph. Avoid pictures with
busy backgrounds, particularly heavily patterned bedspreads
or cage bars, and try to pick a photo that captures the
cats' personality and charm.
that are difficult to work with include pictures of multiple
cats (unless there's mashed into one space pretty closely;
this Devon Rex picture at the right is a good example of
how this CAN work). Photos where the cat is stretched out
long along a table or between hands is also a poor choice.
This is a popular pose for Maine Coons, Bengals, and Oriental-style
cats, but it doesn't work here. Munchkins, needless to say,
will always present a challenge in this format.
should have good color contrast between the background and
cats are always a problem. Although the color of the background
and the cat work well together, the cat's features are almost
always lost. This "owl" picture of a black Bombay
works well because the eyes are nice and bright, but any
hope of features being shown is lost on such small scale.
red backgrounds if you're planning to have a cat posted
on the Web. Red doesn't duplicate well.
best bet is to pick a color that contrasts with your cat's
color. According to the color wheel, the following are contrast
pairs: blue and red, green and red, and purple and yellow.
This can be applied to cat colors as well. Red, orange,
or cream cats look great on green. Blue cats look lovely
on pink or peach. Pale cats look stunning on purple. White
cats look best on dark colors and dark cats on light colors.
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