So I picked up a monitor calibrator and revisited my prized photo collection. Obviously, the next thing I did was create a FB profile for my photography and thats where my question starts.
1: Is it just me or does FB's photo processing mess with your photos from what you originally intended? Is there a general setting in the output of LR that can offset this and does Google do this sort of thing? The exposure on some of the photos has changed and I am wondering if it may just be me editing during the day vs the night and then uploading but I thought I would double check. LR does have a black, grey, white border view option for proofing photos and I will be using that from now on as its provided for a good reason I suspect.
2: Haven't started printing but I am not about to adjust my photos for FB and then adjust them again for the printers. I was thinking of doing a test print with several of my photos on a A4 page to see if its me or if there is something else I need to fix so my output exposures have some consistency from what I see on my monitor?
My goal is to do my first art show in 1 years time and show off 15 prints of my work in a coffee shop with in the next 6 months. I use to be an events coordinator so the venue, band, & bar are the easy part for me btw.
For #1, yes. FB will 'optimize' the jpg you submit for their upload, and in LR, using the FB plugin, should really help.
Look in File>Plug In Manger to see what's installed. It may already be there. If not, you'll be directed to Adobe's site to install it.
I tend to use CS6 and Bridge.
#2., You'll likely want two resolutions, for printing and for screen, which is going to call for two different solutions, easy to do, but keeping that in mind, setup a template that has an A4 to scale for printing and to screen, thus you can have your FB and paper products the way your want them.
Good luck will your show! Hope it turns out well for you!
My FB page
Feel free to view my photos and tips, beta, criticism or praise is always welcome as I am still building a social network in the photography world.
What Facebook does is resizes your image if it's too big. What I have found is if you load your photo at 3000 x 2000 the resolution will come out good on Facebook after they reduce it. The only problem is when you load a bunch at once they won't all load. When I load a bunch I use 1920 x 1280 and it loads them all without any error.
Facebook is absolutely the best way to network in the world of photography. The media that uses me takes my pictures right off of my Facebook to use, no fuss and no muss.
On Flickr, I post and anyone can use my photos for personal use, but must have my permission for commercial use. Of course, I cannot think why anyone would want my photos , but some of the snapshots I do of folks, they like to have a print or two.
I suspect a few are copied but I am not too bothered
my FB page has resulted in quite a few interesting and profitable commissions
I only post low res (600 x 600) photos of my unique photos that have taken years of waiting to get the right weather
The only thing you need to know about FB terms and conditions are
If it is private, do not put on FB
I have 3 Google+ friends
over 400 on FB
so for getting new work FB win hands down
just don't post hi res photos
and add a water mark
So, I recommend using Google+ and adding photos to FB via links to your Google+ photos. This will allow you to track and analyze the referrals from FB as well as other sources with far more detailed information. Analytics and Flickr Pro Stats aren't even in the same ballpark; Flickr's stats are almost worthless by comparison.
So, if you haven't checked out the photography base on Google+, I highly recommend it. I have Circles set up that basically allow me to read posts, stories, etc. as if I was using Google Reader (or another RSS reader) and I find it very useful. Sometimes I will even just search for #D4 and look through the latest news and photos from users with a D4 (or #D7000, or #D800) or even more broadly, #Nikon. It smokes FB for this kind of stuff.