While I was cropping some images I got to thinking about Inat and its associated hosting fees. By cropping my images in many case it takes up to 50+% less space. Every time someone clicks that photo it is taking less bandwidth now which in turn should add up to savings. If everyone made it a practice to crop their images better I imagine it could make a sizeable difference.
Similarly, I like to sometimes make compilation photos like photo #2 from this observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/69842881
(As I understand these are ok as long as it’s all the same organism and not used for the main photo?)
Provided it isn’t against policy that makes an even larger difference in hosting space/bandwidth, as otherwise that would have taken six separate images. It also uses up less bandwidth of the end user, potentially also saving them money if they pay for bandwidth. Win, win.
I now try to ask myself if my observations really need more then one photo, or if certain photos are showing any new detail or not.
I did notice there is a feature request for various types of cropping, and that the app has this feature. It would seem like a no-brainer to implement on the surface, but I understand matters could be more complex. If there were a non-mobile crop available would the resources needed to simply do the cropping outweigh the bandwidth savings? I could see this being the case, but I have no knowledge of such matters. Maybe some of the more tech-orientated people could weigh in?
Also if you are cropping, I saw many suggest to make sure you crop your images to a square so they display well as a thumbnail.
Just a thought. Thanks for reading.