Having problems sending photos by email

I want to send some photos to my sister but when I attach them to an email I get a message saying that the message delivery has failed. What can I do to fix it?


I got this question from a relative who was trying to send a photo of her cat balancing on two moving pods to her sister. When I looked closer I could see that the problem was that the photos ware actually huge (between 3Mb and 6Mb each to be exact) so my guess what that her mail server was stopping her because of the sheer size of the email she was trying to send.

Well, there are a number of things you can do in this instance. The most obvious would be to shrink the size of the photos by resizing them to something smaller, or to send them one at a time. However this operation is quite time-consuming and there are more efficient ways of doing this.

Picasa compite con Flickr

I would recommend using a photo hosting service like Flickr for something like this. It lets you upload and organise your photos and then share them easily with friends and family. All you need to do is send them a link in your email and they immediately have access to any photos you want to let them see. Another similar service is Picasa. Picasa actually has a desktop application you can use to manage your photos, but when you want to share them, you can click a button and they get uploaded to an online album on the web. Once again, you can share this, just by sending a link in your email.

It’s all a matter of using the right tools for the job!

8 thoughts on “Having problems sending photos by email”

  1. Another option would be to use Microsoft’s Photo Resizer toy. It isn’t as good re. quality compared to Photoshop et al, but is v.quick – you just right click the picture(s) and select resize.
    It is one of my must installs following an OS refresh.
    See here – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx – for the download link. I personally like the Color Control Panel Applet , RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer and of course the essential TweakUI . I should point out that these toys aren’t officially supported by Microsoft, but I’ve not had anything go wrong with them on a dozen or so systems.

  2. I have no problems sending photos to friends using Gmail. All I need is a fast Internet connection. Google’s Gmail allows sending photos of up to 10MB size.

  3. @Chris: I must say, the Powertoys are one thing I miss on Vista. You don’t know of anything like TweakUI for Vista by any chance do you?

  4. @Mike: We’re talking 10 photos of an average of 4Mb each. They wouldn’t have gone up through GMail either.

    That’s the problem with 10 Megapixel cameras!

  5. Another issue to consider is the RECEIVER’s mail rules – even if your account allows multiple large attachments to be SENT, they may not be RECEIVED.

    re. Vista powertoys equivalent – not tested them as I’ve stuck to an XP/Ubuntu dual boot for now, but http://www.powerhourgame.com/windows_vista_image_resizer_powertoy_prish_image_resizer.htm and http://www.vso-software.fr/products/image_resizer/ are reported as working ok in Vista, and remain similar to microsoft’s in terms of being a shell extension.

  6. Hi,
    I have no problems sending photos to friends using Gmail. All I need is a fast Internet connection. Google’s Gmail allows sending photos of up to 10MB size.

  7. when trying to send a picture I get socket error 12012 to hotmail,and a double image on the little book, why, this has never happened before, can you help

  8. Just noticed that both Mike and Jillian have exactly the same response, word for word, more than a week apart. Might be worth removing their URLs Owen… I have no issue with leaving comments where they contribute something useful, but this seems like spam.

    @Billie, random though, but could you check your security settings for ActiveX controls (I’m assuming you’re using Internet Explorer?)? It is vaguely possible that an update from Microsoft has raised/reset your security level, and this is the culprit. This is a real stab in the dark though, so apologies if no use. To get to that area, I think it goes something like Tools, Internet Options, Security Tab (did this change after IE7?), then perhaps a Custom button? Sorry I can’t be more precise, I’m on a Russian distro of XP here. I’m sure Owen will be along shortly to help out if this doesn’t assist you.

    PS Hi Owen, sorry I’ve not been around for 1/2 year, was back in UK for birth of our daughter, and didn’t get a lot of time for ‘personal’ browsing. Back in Kazakhstan now, and will be on my own PC in a week or so. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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