I upgraded the Registered Users quota to 20MB of harddrive space. That is a lot of jpgs, if you resize them before uploading.
Images taken directly out of your camera can be quite large and needlessly so for the purposes of online photo galleries. They are great for printing, but for viewing online it's just to big.
Typically you will want to upload pictures at no more than 1680x1050 (full screen of a 22" LCD monitor).
If you are using Windows XP - there is a great powertoy called Image Resizer you can use to quickly and easily reduce the dimensions of your picture(s) before uploading them. After installing the Powertoy, your right-mouse context menu will have a new option 'resize Image(s)' - you can then give it a target and it will reduce produce a copy at the reduced size. You can get Image resizer at http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Install...eResizerPowertoySetup.exe
For Windows Vista there is no such Powertoy so you will want to look into one of the many free photo editing programs available.
SMugshots will automatically create the thumbnails and a couple of resized versions for viewing online but it does not change the original. Your quota is reduced only by the size of the original image.
When uploading you have three options.
WEBBROWSER This is a simpe form and great for uploading a few pictures. Simply browse to each picture, add a description and send.
UPLOAD APPLET This is a JAVA based applet that allows you to drag -n- drop a batch of pictures and then upload.
WINDOWS XP (AND VISTA) This is the coolest! After applying the registry mod you can then "Order Prints from Spec Miata Gallery" from your Windows Photo Gallery Software using the Print button! SMugshots @ specmiata.com will be one of the options. You don't even have to be surfing SMugshots to do it. It will ask you your SMugshots login and then allow you to upload to your album and even create sub-albums!
If you have any questions feel free to ask. I'm still figuring out everything we can do with it so share your findings here!
The gallery automatically creates resizes of 500x375, 800x600 and 1024x768 for viewing.
Most LCD monitors we are using are probably 19-22" which is going to be either 1440x990 or 1680x1050 full screen.
I would shoot for 1680x1050. That will make pictures that are slightly less than 1MB each but give great quality. If you want quantity over quality then go for 1280x1024.
Of course this is what you should resize DOWN to. Don't resize them BIGGER, they will not look very good. Some of the pictures being uploaded are from 8-10Megapixel Cameras at around 3000x2000 pixels. Those are close to 3MB each!
If you are using a 1-3Megapixel camera or your cellphone you shouldn't have to worry about.
The biggest file you can upload is 3MB, but at a 20MB limit you won't be showing very many