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Best Sizes to Post Images to Social Media

Posted on: January 3, 2016 by Chris | No Comments
best sizes to post images to social media

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year one and all!


This is the time of year when we post our holiday pictures to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest, only to be dismayed by what appears to be randomly assembled, cropped and ordered displays. I’ve been infuriated by this and decided to do a little research. Inevitably, a little research turned into a lot. There are many rules governing image sizes and they are not shared by all outlets. It’s a shame because nothing fails bigger than a randomly cropped photograph on Facebook. Because of this it’s probably more important to have the photograph displayed as it was intended than it is to post it in the first place.


The thing to understand is that the formats chosen by the various social media outlets are chosen to suit their purposes, not ours. To this end, it’s worth having a look at the feed so that you can see how the picture will be displayed – you’ll notice that Instagram favours square crops, Pinterest and Google+ favour portrait orientation and Facebook and Twitter landscape. They have their reasons and ours is not to reason why.

What Sizes?

So these are the best sizes to post images to social media, in pixels favoured by the six most popular social networks…

Facebook – 1,200 x 628

Twitter – 1,024 x 512

LinkedIn – 800 x 800

Google+ – 800 x 1,200

Pinterest – 735 x 1,102

Instagram – 1,080 x 1,080

I’ve only dealt with the posting of images to the feed – things get more complicated when you want to post an image as an icon or as a background – I can recommend this post on the Buffer blog for detail on the complexities of that!


There are some useful caveats to know about Facebook feeds. Facebook is aware of the orientation of the photograph and uses this to determine which rule it applies to an image in the feed. For example a square image will always be displayed at 470 x 470 regardless of the size of the uploaded file – I upload larger sizes than this to ensure the resolution is good when the viewer clicks on the image and sees the larger display. Landscape images will be scaled to 470 pixels wide in the feed and portraits will be scaled to 470 high.

Multiple Images in Facebook

Posting multiple posts to Facebook is something we all do at one time or another and I’ve seen some great pictures horribly cropped because the owners of the page didn’t understand the rules governing multiple picture displays. The key to multiple picture displays and updated albums in Facebook is the concept of the lead image. This is the first one you upload by default, though you can drag another one to that position when the upload is finished. Whatever the combination, Facebook will try to fit them into that 470 x 470 square in the feed. So two landscape pictures will go on top of one another utilising the whole 470 pixel width, the lead image getting 236 pixel depth and the second, 232. If I post two images with the lead image a square crop, then the 470 width will be allocated 236 to the lead and 232 to the second. Both will be equally cropped at 235 height.



If you post three pictures, with the lead picture a landscape, then the lead will be allocated 470 wide and 236 height, the second 236 x 232 on the second row and the third, 232 x 232 on the second row. This arrangement is consistent across all orientations of the lead image – the only exception is when the lead image has greater depth and the secondary image less depth, but still remaining within the 470 x 470 grid – Facebook will then allow more height as required for the lead image.

Now this is probably too much detail if your primary purpose for publishing multiple images is to maintain a gallery – it only makes sense to pay attention to these rules if you absolutely need to upload multiple pictures at once and you need them to appear to be a planned diptych, triptych or whatever.

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Posted on: April 11, 2012 by Chris | No Comments

The news that Instagram has been acquired by Facebook leaves me with mixed feelings I’m afraid. I’m pleased for the guys at Instagram obviously, their hard work over the last few years has given them prime position in the iPhoneography space and now they are getting the tangible rewards. Long may they party…

As a user however, I must admit to being profoundly disappointed. I liked Instagram a lot, preferring it to Hipstamatic and as a compulsive iPhoneographer I found it more convenient, more user friendly and more fun. I liked it just the way it was. As a Facebook user, I rarely use the photosharing capabilities. I don’t like the way it randomly clips the picture to shoehorn it into your stream and I’m not overly keen on the terms and conditions that suggest my pictures may not be entirely under my control.

Displaying photographs on a website is very different to displaying them on a mobile phone and as a photographer I want to exercise some control over the look and presentation of my photographs. I don’t get that from Facebook, which is why I use 500px, this website and Flickr.

I’m also having misgivings about the lack of choice that corporatism is beginning to inflict on us. The tendency is to consolidate, which means less competition and often, since corporates are driven entirely by the need to satisfy shareholders, a reduction in quality as costs are rationalised. And, being a gentleman of a certain age, I prefer my outsiders. I was always a Rolling Stones fan rather than a Beatle!

So this is why I’m cancelling my Instagram account. I’m not convinced that the mobile phone only model is sustainable as the tablet market expands. I don’t necessarily want to share my mobile phone pictures with an internet audience, but when I do, I will send them to EyeEm, the increasingly popular German start up. They have good presentation, a more vibrant community than Instagram (in my opinion) and a nice user friendly way of categorising and tagging pictures. I can share the pictures I want to share with my Facebook friends by linking, without handing the pictures over to Facebook.

Plus, I like to think that I’m doing my bit for the independents, the mavericks, the square pegs. That’s just me I’m afraid.

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iPhoneography: the New Punk Rock

Posted on: February 2, 2012 by Chris | No Comments

Is iPhoneography the new punk rock? This was the question I asked in a previous blog post. What I meant was that the iPhoneography craze has all the characteristics of a movement that’s going to upset the status quo. The cost of entry is low, its simple to execute, cost of software is low and the results are sufficiently different from DSLR photography to be identifiable. In those respects at least it has a lot in common with the punk rock movement of the 1970’s.

It is also polarising opinion in a pleasingly similar way. I imagine the transition from analogue to digital was heralded as the end of civilisation at the time and there is no doubt that digital photography has significantly altered the professional landscape. Now that the ability to take a good photograph is accessible to so many more people, the old Hunter S. Thompson saying “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” has never been more true. Perhaps now more than ever, is the time that photographers need to rely on their originality, imagination and talent in order to thrive.

I believe that the iPhone will change the landscape for a number of reasons apart from those cited above. The principle reason being that because of the accessibility and ease of use, it is a great tool for flexing the creative muscles and trying new things out. I can see a time approaching when the iPhone could even displace the point and shoot camera, which with the new generation of mirrorless (MILC or EVIL) digital cameras from Leica, Olympus and Nikon must be feeling the squeeze from both ends.

Mobile phone photography is both fun and rewarding. There is sufficient interest to support magazines and exhibitions and I sold my first “iPhoneograph” last week, hopefully a taste of things to come! Specialist photosharing sites such as EyeEm and Instagram have helped the movement to ‘go social’ and software is coming along in leaps and bounds as well as reasonably priced accessories such as lens attachments. There is even an adapter available to allow the user to mound Canon and Nikon DSLR lenses.

The software I used to create the image illustrating this post is called TrueHDR. I also use Snapseed on both the mobile phone and desktop. The other program I can recommend without hesitation is Filterstorm. On the frivolous, fun side of things, Tiny Planets and Plastic Bullet are both very effective, if limited.

Check out my iPhoneography Gallery. If you’re not already doing it, try it, you may grow to love it!

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