2 July 2009 @ 19:49Email Full-Resolution Photos From the iPhone
I was searching for a way to send multiple photos from the iPhone in a single email, and what I found instead was something even better.
Every time that I wanted to email a photo, I naturally went to that photo and tapped the Share button, followed by the “Email Photo” button. This attaches a single photo to a new email. Then there were times that I wanted to attach another photo to the email. Instinct told me to click the home button and tap the Photos button. Unfortunately, this brought me back to my new message that had a single photo attached.
Then I had one of those “Eureka!” moments — “Copy and Paste!”
Yes, if you tap and hold on a photo in either album view or single view, you will get the option to Copy. So, I copied, clicked Home, then tapped Mail, tapped Compose, and pasted the photo in the body. Then I clicked Home again, tapped Photos, found another photo, tapped and held, Copy, return to Mail and pasted the next photo into the body. Finally, I filled in the recipient, subject, and body, and sent the email to myself as a test.
What I found was, the photos contained in the email were full-resolution 2048×1536 photos (from an iPhone 3G S (or 1600×1200 from the original iPhone), not the puny, downsampled 800×600 photos that get sent via the “Share” method. And yes, the EXIF data is still intact.
Yeah, and after this revelation, I had another “Eureka!” moment. I realized that there is a Share button in Album view that allows you to select multiple photos to email. Well, I feel a bit stupid. But wait! Those were full-resolution 2048×1536 photos that I emailed using the Copy/Paste method. I guess I don’t feel so bad after all.
The Copy method also sends full resolution videos at 640×480 vs. the Share method which sends at a compressed 480×360 resolution. These attachments can get pretty large and may not be accepted by some email servers.
Note: As pointed out by commenter Ryan, it is possible to use the Copy button in Photos to copy/paste multiple photos into an email.
Update: There is a WordPress bug that causes the full-size images to post sideways. This is due to WordPress not yet supporting EXIF orientation data. According to the trac entry, the EXIF orientation feature has been postponed from WordPress 2.8 to 2.9. Until this is resolved, photos should be re-saved or exported from an image viewer/editor at the proper orientation before uploading to WordPress.