There are two picture (avatar or image) problems that I constantly see online:
1. Picture is too dark.
This is usually an avatar on a social networking profile like LinkedIn or Twitter. Mine was too dark, to the point of being accused of being GOTH (lol). I loved my picture, actually, but I got too many complaints about it and finally changed it to something lighter.
I didn’t think too much about it but lately I have seen a number of pictures on LinkedIn or Twitter – these are SMALL pictures – they are so small that if you have a lot of dark shadows and background it won’t look good.
One reason I see too much shadow is because the image is cropped from a networking event – not an on-purpose picture.
2. Picture is too BIG.
This is a problem I see on many small business owners websites – it is either their professional picture they had taken, or a corporate picture, or something like that.
It’s easy to figure out if it is too big – the way I find out is when I go to an About Us page and the page takes forever to load. Actually, the page loads while the picture slooooowly creeps up. Any slowly creeping photo is TOO big.
If you right click the image you can see the properties, which will tell you the size. Anything under 100K is good. Anything over that can be optimized (in just a few seconds). Anything over 500k or 1MB is HORRIFIC.
Change your picture size to something small (this is the file size, not the dimension of the image) and you’ll have that About Us page loading lickity-split!
(I know, kind of a weird post but it’s been on my mind :p)