My camera takes 8 megapixel images. My husband's camera takes 18 megapixel images. If I used the images straight from our cameras, the loading of this blog would slow to a crawl. While we want that high resolution for any pictures we print, such high res images are not necessary for my online display.
So how do I reduce the size? I use Photobucket. The size of the images on Photobucket are reduced to about 115 kb upon being uploaded. I then upload the pictures back to my computer.
Here is how to do it:
Upload the images you want to resize to Photobucket (I created an album in my Photobucket account called Resized)
Click Download this Album on the right sidebar
Enter the Captcha information and click Zip Files
Copy the images in the Zip folder back to your computer - Be careful not to overwrite your original pictures - I use a sub-Folder for resized images.