As a gallery represented photographer in a resort community, my gallery and I really use Facebook for promotion. I just turned on Timeline today, marked my recent work as "Featured" and was aghast at how Facebook "featured" it for me. Yeah, it is bigger, but they cropped the top and bottom off!

Here's what my shot looks like now:

Facebook's Timeline cropped a featured photo

Yeah, you can easily click it to see it all, but frankly, it looked better not featured. And when you click it, comments go to the gallery page, not my page, which is both good and bad but certainly surprising.

Is not clicking "Feature" my only option right now? I suspect so but am hoping otherwise, or would love a workaround.


  • I think you can't. And if you can, they're likely to change the UI on you in a few months. You can work around this by putting big frames on your images so the format fits what Facebook wants. – mattdm Dec 15 '11 at 20:27
  • Sadly the "Non-feature" aspect ratio is different than the "Feature" one. And yeah, they'll change it all soon anyhow, right? – Paul Cezanne Dec 15 '11 at 20:29
  • PS: I didn't downvote on this one, but I can see why someone might. It's really more a web services thing, and is very facebook-specific. On the other hand, like the question about printing out proof sheets, it's within the realm of "things a professional photographer might need to do". – mattdm Dec 15 '11 at 21:27
  • Oh, that's ok. It is a gray area for sure. I know that almost all my photographic promotion comes from FB. And if someone wants to down vote, that's fine. I'm sure not going to lose sleep over it! – Paul Cezanne Dec 15 '11 at 21:55
  • I'm not sure if StackExchange has a site where this would be more appropriate. It doesn't fit here, for sure. It may fit on another SE site, however in all honesty the best place to ask would be Facebook itself. – jrista Dec 16 '11 at 21:31

It's a shame they seem to have a rigid format, what happens if you want to feature a portrait? But the obvious solution to me is to work out the aspect ratio and prepare an image in each batch/album that fits that format.

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