Digital file size guide

All the photos on my website are available to purchase with a Royalty Free licence, and I offer four different sizes. Below is a quick guide to help you choose the most suitable size to download.

SizeUsesExample use
Small (700 pixels on the longest side)Small web images and thumbnails.
Supplied as a high quality, web standard JPEG.
Medium (1500 pixels on the longest side)Ideal for general web use and presentations.
Acceptable quality for small or lower quality prints, provided the image is not cropped.
Supplied as a high quality, web standard JPEG.
BBC News Example web use - Paul Maguire photography
Full resolution (typically 3000-6000 pixels or more on the longest side: see individual image description)Recommended for larger web images and retina displays.
Higher resolution gives the flexibility to crop an image to suit the use, without compromising on image quality.
Ideal for general print use including high quality prints, such as magazine articles and for fine art prints.
Supplied as a very high quality, Adobe RGB JPEG.
Highest quality (full resolution, provided as a 16-bit TIFF file in ProPhoto RGB colour space)When realistic colours are critical to your workflow, if you work to exacting imaging standards or you plan to do any post-processing work on the image, then this is the benchmark format for professional image quality.
Supplied as a 16-bit, ProPhoto RGB TIFF with lossless ZIP compression.

Please note that this option includes a full-resolution JPEG available for immediate download. The TIFF file will be prepared especially for you and you’ll receive an email with a link as soon as it is ready. Please contact me if you have any problems, queries or special requests.
Front cover of Nature magazine

Please visit my shop to find and buy stock photos with a Royalty Free licence.