The smaller the better. .jpg can be very acceptable, It's what most people use.
Told it is "lossy"? By whom?
If the picture conveys the message, done. You've already found out that size matters. Why crowd the issue. Sent a picture that is acceptable and will travel the net.
Larger pictures, bit wise, are good for printing, enlarging, and such. But sending to friends is not good. I'll tell you this. If someone sent me a 2 or 3 Meg photo I'd be pissed.
I am using Outlook Express 2003 and I often wonder what is the best type of picture configuration to use when sending an email to a friend or colleague.. Is it jpeg,BMP,gif or what? I know that jpeg is a compressed picture that I am told is "lossy" and I can see that bmp is humungous as far as size but better in resolution.I also see gif used in webpages but is it applicable to sending pictures in email?
When I want to send a picture to someone using Hotmail I usually run up against their restriction of capacity.(this used to be 2meg)so pictures soon become an impossibility.
Any thoughts anyone?