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Camera's have quality settings of small (low pixel count), medium, large(highest pixel count)..

What's the point of using the large/fine setting if those are too large for sending as files ?

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D_G wrote:.

Camera's have quality settings of small (low pixel count), medium,large(highest pixel count).What's the point of using the large/fine setting if those are toolarge for sending as files ? .

It's true that small files are perfectly fine for sending as email and viewing on a screen (1024 X 768 is less than 1 megapixel) but you may want to make prints from your digital files. In that case, you'll want as much information as you can get, so large is the way to go..

In a lot of cases, we don't know when we're going to take a picture we'll want to print, so it's safer to record all images at the highest quality and then down-res them for email..

One good reason for taking pictures at less than maximum quality is that more low-quality pictures fit on a memory card. This can be important if you're traveling and don't have extra cards or a way to download the files..

Alternatively, if you are never ever going to print your pictures, you won't lose much by taking them at low quality..

Leonard Migliore..

Comment #1

That's a good point. Also, for web-sites and for newspapers, magazines, maybe even for posting here at DPReview..

Personally, unless I'm going to see a vast speed improvement, then I'm going to be shooting at the highest possible resolution that I can with every camera that I hold even if I know for certain I'm just going to send it over a cell-phone..

The reason is that hard-drive space is so cheap that I just purchased a 500 Gigs of space for less than $100. I plan on buying a couple terabyte drives this year for around $500 total. With that much space, I'll be able to post-process and save my psd files from photoshop in full-layers so that I can go back and tweak their opacities anytime I want for variations on a theme, just because I can. I can make 40 or 100 layer photographs and save that entire file and not even care..

So for me, personally, I always shoot full size. You never know when that photo that you only planned for an email anyway, might be something that you really enjoyed and wish you could have had at full resolution. But while you can always make a bigger picture small, it's not possible to go the other way around. Sort of like getting your haircut too short. Too late now...

Comment #2

What is the easiest method for making photos smaller ? .

I typically put my CF card into my computer tower and it downloads them to Google/Picasa., where I organize the photos...

Comment #3

Photoshop Elements with Bicubic Sharper. Version 6 is out now, so Version 5 is going for $50 on Ebay. It has most of Photoshop CS's abilities, so it's sort of like it's little brother. I use CS2 currently because I found that I really enjoy retouching photographs..

Here's one example of why.http://www.andrzejdragan.com/.

Poke around in there a bit & you might see that every photo you ever take can become something far more than what first came out of the camera. I love photoshop and retouching. I think that a world without it is a flat world, just as a world without color is a dog's eye...

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D_G wrote:.

Camera's have quality settings of small (low pixel count), medium,large(highest pixel count)..

Cameras have two settings. The first is the resolution (number of pixels). The second is the quality (level of JPEG compression). Selecting the highest resolution and best quality will result in the largest files..

What's the point of using the large/fine setting if those are toolarge for sending as files ? .

If you are a "serious" photographer, you always want the best quality, so you take all pix in "large-fine" mode. It's easy to make these pix smaller, but usually not possible to increase the rez and quality..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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How do you make the photos smaller ? .

Chuxter wrote:.

D_G wrote:.

Camera's have quality settings of small (low pixel count), medium,large(highest pixel count)..

Cameras have two settings. The first is the resolution (number ofpixels). The second is the quality (level of JPEG compression).Selecting the highest resolution and best quality will result in thelargest files..

What's the point of using the large/fine setting if those are toolarge for sending as files ? .

If you are a "serious" photographer, you always want the bestquality, so you take all pix in "large-fine" mode. It's easy to makethese pix smaller, but usually not possible to increase the rez andquality..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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D_G wrote:.

How do you make the photos smaller ? .

In whatever software application you are using for editing, change the image size. Take the 3000 x 2000 pixel image and reduce it to 1024 x whatever, or 800 x whatever, then save it with a slightly different name so that you dont overwrite the original one..

You want the large resolution one for editing and printing; the smaller one for posting on the web. You really dont want to be sending images in e-mall messages, it is much better to upload them to a site and then simple put a link to the image in the message..

Brian A...

Comment #7

I don't have photoshop or other editing software.I organize my photos using Picasa (Google)..

As far as a I know Picasa does not offer resizing, except when sending emails Picasa will automatically make the photos smaller.I need smaller photos for uploading to other sites, such as Walgreens printing..

Hugowolf wrote:.

D_G wrote:.

How do you make the photos smaller ? .

In whatever software application you are using for editing, changethe image size. Take the 3000 x 2000 pixel image and reduce it to1024 x whatever, or 800 x whatever, then save it with a slightlydifferent name so that you dont overwrite the original one..

You want the large resolution one for editing and printing; thesmaller one for posting on the web. You really dont want to besending images in e-mall messages, it is much better to upload themto a site and then simple put a link to the image in the message..

Brian A...

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D_G wrote:.

I don't have photoshop or other editing software.I organize my photos using Picasa (Google).As far as a I know Picasa does not offer resizing, except whensending emails Picasa will automatically make the photos smaller..

Resizing is such a basic function, almost every photo editor can do it...including Picasa:.

Http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=13821.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #9

Then there's no need to shoot anything any better than the lowest quality setting..

But what if someone see's one of your files and really loves the image and wants to buy a big print or license the image for publication? If you only have that email sized file you're screwed..

Always, ALWAYS, shoot in the highest quality settings you can. Save the original files as your "negative" and make a reduced copy for emailing or displaying on the web. Treat those originals as untouchable and only work on copies..

Unless you shoot RAW then you can manipulate to your heart's content because the original data is never touched, only modified to produce a new file.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream.

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D_G wrote:.

I don't have photoshop or other editing software.I organize my photos using Picasa (Google).As far as a I know Picasa does not offer resizing, except whensending emails Picasa will automatically make the photos smaller..

As previously mentioned, Picasa can resize your photos. Another free software package that can batch resize your photos is IrfanView..

Http://www.irfanview.com/.

Here is how you can use it to batch resize a whole directory of photos:.

Http://www.lancelotgroup.com/tutorials/HowToResize-IrFanView-Start.asp.

I need smaller photos for uploading to other sites, such as Walgreensprinting..

Do not resize photos that you want to print. You will want the original size files to print, otherwise they will not look very good. You can reduce them to 300 dpi if you are printing small (4"x6" at 1200x1800 or 5"x7" at 1500x2100), but it is generally better and easier to just upload the original files...

Comment #11

Charlie,.

I thought Picasa only resized photos in the context of sending an email.Thank you for getting me the correct information, it's a big help..

Chuxter wrote:.

D_G wrote:.

I don't have photoshop or other editing software.I organize my photos using Picasa (Google).As far as a I know Picasa does not offer resizing, except whensending emails Picasa will automatically make the photos smaller..

Resizing is such a basic function, almost every photo editor can doit...including Picasa:.

Http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=13821.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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