How to Share Full Resolution Pictures on the Web

Publishing high definition pictures on the web always seemed to be an issue. Both in terms of speed and quality. Full-resolution files could never really be enjoyed through the Internet without having to compromise either on the quality or the experience for the viewer. But that is about to be a thing of the past! A solution finally exists, and it solves pretty much all the problems we used to have on the web and our 20-plus-megapixel pictures.

Social networks and websites are great ways to showcase our work and share it with potential clients. However, it’s not quite perfect to show the quality of our imagery. Using a Nikon D810 and then publishing images with a 2048 pixel long edge just doesn’t do our pictures any justice! But then putting 36-megapixel pictures on our websites simply kills SEO and loading times… forget about Facebook allowing such large files. For the past few years, I have seen photographers upload their files on Facebook and then add a link they like to call "HD"… Usually, the said HD link points to Sure, the compression isn’t as bad as Facebook, but still, that’s far from being optimal! What if I told you there is a way to upload your files in full resolution? Viewers will even be able to zoom into the images to see all the details your expensive camera and lens captured! Best of all, it’s currently free!

The solution is called Prodibi, and it has been around for quite some time actually. However, the previous solution they developed was not as fast and not as easy to use as the newly released version. The current design offers a quick way to upload and share a single image, but it also gives the possibility to sign up for an account to have full access to all the features. It includes the creation of albums, a portfolio, statistics, and a few more things.

If you would like to see samples and experience for yourself how fast it really is, visit Rest assured that the system works even with the biggest files you could create! Why am I so sure? Well, because it’s been used by Phase One to showcase the finest details captured by their digital backs, including the IQ3 100MP! If it works with 100-megapixel files, it’s probably powerful enough for a few D810 or 5DSR images!

Fast and easy full-resolution images shared on the web isn’t a dream anymore, it’s finally here! I am so glad we have a real solution to offer our potential clients and followers a way to enjoy our work for what it truly is and not just what it looks like. What do you guys think? Is it something you are also excited about?


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Spy Black's picture

The problem with this is that it makes your work that much more easy to rip off and be used for pretty much any reason, especially by agencies that are regularly in the practice of doing exactly this.

I think Lee Morris himself had his entire website(!) lifted by some guy who posed as a wedding photographer using his work. Now multiply that by full res and just think of what corrupt agencies will do. I bet they can't wait for stuff like this to become standard fare.

Quentin Decaillet's picture

Right click is disabled, drag and drop doesn't work, only a print screen will work. Unless you use a massive 4K screen, you won't have anything quite big enough for print use, and regarding web use, any commercial/professional photographer should subscribe to a service such as Pixsy, Picsout or PixWays if they want to keep track of where their images are being used.

I can understand that some people are afraid of using such as service for reason you mention, but I'm sure plenty will be extremely happy it exists :)

Jon Wolding's picture

If it can be displayed, it can be stolen. So watermark your big files.

Prodibi seems pretty cool... pretty fast loading, too. My only complaint is that 100% doesn't look great, but 67% looks amazing and it's larger than almost everything I've ever displayed online.

Thorsten Merz's picture

Not trying to be a troll or anything like that, but I'm trying to understand how watermarking protects against image theft?

Jon Wolding's picture

It's not the theft, it's the reuse that is the issue. Steal my images all day long if you want, but a watermark CAN help make the image unusable commercially. Depending on the size, position, and number of occurrences of the watermark on the image... of course, depending on one's photoshop skills, watermarks could be removed, but it's a pretty large obstacle.

Bavarian DNA's picture

Right click is disabled is true but for example you can go for "View page Source code" and just search for the image source link and here you go, you can download it. For the sake of argument, just go for Viewbug or 500px and test it yourself.

Well i ran the source page view and tried to extract the original image, but it seems not that straight forward process and it looks promising, though i managed to pull a low res from it.

Beside that, i will give it a go and definitely will contact them for further questions about their security.

Thanks Quentin for sharing this with us. Turned out useful bro

Quentin Decaillet's picture

True :) Anything published online can be "stolen" or shared. Prodibi apprently loads each image in parts, making it a pain for someone who wants to download multiple files at once. But still, there is a way to get the files, either through the code or print screens.

The more we moe forward, the more I think photographers would be better off relying on systems such as Pixsy, Picsout, or PixWays, and stop worrying so much about publishing their work online. I'm currently trying Pixsy and PixWays, so far it seems to work quite well! It's already solved a few issues for me and makes it small worth the cost. But that's a whole different story :)

Tor Ivan Boine's picture

I've uploaded full res files to Google+ the last 3-4 years where you can zoom in.
Although the new beta layout doesnt support that.

Quentin Decaillet's picture

But that's restricted to Google+. How about if you want to embed the full res files on your website for your portfolio?

Tor Ivan Boine's picture

fair enough.

Troy Taormina's picture

So it's still a link when you post it to social media.