Compression is the process of taking large files, images in this case, and making them smaller. The reason this is so common online is to save server space and, more importantly, load speeds. While those are great reasons, what most people don’t think about is that, unless you have your original image backed up somewhere, your photo is degraded for all time. Did you really expect to lose the quality of your photo just by sharing? We didn’t think so.
Each photo you take represents a split-second in time that can never be recaptured. That photo has the potential to shape memories for generations to come. We believe that choosing to store your memory in the cloud shouldn’t compromise the archival quality of your photo. Whether you want to print a photo in the highest quality possible or make sure no details are displaced, Photobucket is here to help preserve that moment the way it happened.
Every picture you take already has some compression added, just enough to save space without sacrificing quality. Uploading it to social media compresses it again and can leave your pictures looking dull and grainy. It can also you disappointed when you make prints for your family. Using Photobucket’s sharing features instead can keep compression to a minimum and leaves your originals untouched.
Compression isn’t all bad, it saves space and makes the internet a fast place. Though, when your originals are compressed, and you don’t have a backup, you can’t restore the quality of your images. Any future printing, editing, or image sizing you want to do in the future will be hindered by the compressions that already took place. Photobucket makes having a place where you can back up, store, organize, and share your images without compression simple. We believe all of your images should look as good on the internet as when you made them.