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printing/file size?

Postby acorns77 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:40 am

I was just going to place an order with an online print lab and was going to order two photos from my photographer (print released) along with a few of mine and I noticed her file size is 3.1MB and my photo file size is 764 KB. What's the deal? Is that a camera thing or is my computer compressing my images?
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Postby chumleyk » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:48 am

It's probably a setting you have on the camera. Most cameras let you chose the file size. Setting it to a larger file size means that fewer photos will fit on a memory card. Your photographer was probably shooting in raw or the largest size of jpeg, which produced the large file size.
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Postby acorns77 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:10 pm

oh! haha that makes sense! Thanks! What's the standard to shoot in?
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Postby chumleyk » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:47 pm

A pro photographer is probably shooting in RAW because it retains more data and gives the most flexibility for editing. I shoot in RAW. It won't do you much good to shoot in RAW though unless you have software that can open the file. Not all photo software recognizes that file type.

On my camera, there is a menu choice titled "Quality". When I click on that, I have a choice between small, medium, and large jpegs, and RAW files. RAW files are 3888x2592 pixels. Small files are 1936x1288 pixels, medium are 2816x1880, and large are 3888x2592. What that means is that I can print larger prints with the larger photo sizes without them getting grainy and blurry. If you look on mpix.com there is a chart for the photo sizes...do a search on "optimal resolution for printing." Basically when my camera is set to the largest setting, I can print photos as large as 20"x30" and have them still look nice.

I have no idea what the factory settings are on your camera, but you can probably change it if you want bigger prints. You just need to weigh whether it's worth it to you or not...if you don't want large prints and don't do much editing it won't matter much to you, and using a smaller image size will let you fit more photos on your memory card.
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Postby acorns77 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:30 pm

Thanks for explaining it. I'm just now getting into photography, I'm shooting with a rebel T2i, It was set to the lowest quality and I never noticed it. I'm also just now starting to play around with editing using lightroom and CS5, although CS5 is intimidating, I much prefer lightroom right now.

I do have a photo I wanted to print fairly large but I don't think it's going to work out since I shot it with the low quality setting. Better luck next time haha

Thanks again!



Right now I can get a few good shots out of 20-30, that's 2-3 worth editing anyway lol
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