NEW THOUGHTS ON OLD QUESTION!
Ok, I'm rethinking this because the bug in my website software was finally resolved this week, and now I'm rebuilding my webiste I've had down for 2 YEARS!
A lot of people on here said go for the big images, but when I look at photographer's portfolio websites most seem to be small ~ 300-400 pixesl in height. I have standardized on 800x800 (800x533 or 533x800 or 800 x 800) crop with border space if cropping dictates something not a 2/3 aspect ratio. I'm thinking the 800 is just a touch too big for portrait images even with new high resolution screen sizes due to toolbars and such.
So, I think I'm going to stardardize on 720x720 (720x480 or 480x720 or 720x720) on my website, model mayhem, and facebook; except for multi-image collages for the following reasons:
- It will nicely fit on the screen in portrait
- My new HD phone has a 720x480 screen (Samsung Epic 4G!)
- It shows on 720p HD TVs without resize (new ones connect to internet or have cards slots for slideshows, etc.)
- Having a slightly smaller image does hide some things and allows for tighter crops on larger images. If I need to show editing or image quality I'll show the close in crop with the overall image.
- Smaller files and faster uploads and viewing