Can you please tell us your export settings (jpeg options, sharpening ..)?
Also tell us how you are viewing (what software are you using) the photos outside of Lightroom.
Also tell us if you have check "Resize to Fit" in the Lightroom Export dialog box (and if it is checked, what sizing options are selected).
Hello and thank you for your reply. When I export, this is what I have used:
Image Format: JPEG
Color Space: sRGB
Quality : 80-100
I have not checked the box for "output sharpening", although I did minor sharpening as part of my edit process in LR.
For Image Sizing, I have not changed anything. This is what is currently selected: "resize to fit" box is checked and "long edge" is selected, 500 pixels. Resolution 72 pixels per inch. The "don't enlarge" button is NOT checked.
I'm hoping this is where my issue resides!!
Oh - and outside of LR, I have exported to my hard drive on my MAC. I'm just opening it in my MAC's preview. (not sure what it's called?). But when I also had a friend check her dropbox for some photos I shared, she also found that when she downloaded them, they were also blurry.
"resize to fit" box is checked and "long edge" is selected, 500 pixels.
That's your problem. That is an extremely small sized picture and will not have much detail. You will need at least 1000 pixels there to get anything decent.
Oh and when you are downscaling, you should always do some output sharpening. Your original file starts at say 6000 pixels on the long edge. Then when you downscale to say 1500 pixels to make it useful and wieldy online or to email, you introduce some blurriness just from the scaling algorithm. You can correct for that by output sharpening. Medium screen is usually fine.
Here is the first of a three-part series about sharpening in LR. You can find links to the other two parts at the end of Part One:
Thank you everyone!! I can't believe I missed that box as the reason - new to LR and improved sharing of files, so this is great. I'm excited for the sharpening feature as well, thanks so much for sharing the links and additional advice/info. Great forum - really appreciate it.