Photo Tips Resuming

Sizing it Up © BGI

Once again I’ve restarted the Blue Gecko Images Photo Tips, the only difference is that they won’t start on Facebook but begin here on the blog and I’ll link this to

First tip for this series is about Image Sizing. I had a lady today see me at work and she was complaining that our photo tellers were taking too much time to load up her files from her DSLR.

My first question to her was how many images was she loading. Her answer.. 700 images from an 8Gb card. Her camera is a Canon EOS 500D each jpeg file was around 5.5 Mb in size. What the lady couldn’t understand was why the images were taking so long to load up. Her solution for next time is to drop the resolution on her camera to make a smaller file. No No No ….NO!! Wrong. She needed some overdue education on image sizing and workflow.

Her first mistake was trying to load up 700 images in the first place, let alone trying to upload 700 @ 5.5 Mb+ each. That’s a lot of data. I asked how many images did she want to print? Her response I don’t know I haven’t looked at them yet. So I told her what she should do. Firstly never reduce the quality of your image in camera, this is irreversable. Here are the steps I wrote down.

Step 1. Download the full res images to your own computer and view them.

Step 2. Pick out the images you want to print.

Step 3. Edit the images to the way you want them to look and use the crop tool (in the editing program) to resize the images to the size of the print you want. 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 are all different shapes.

Step 4. Save the resized images into a new folder, don’t save them to the original folder as you will over write the original files.

Step 5. If you want the same image to be printed as a different size go back to the original file and repeat steps 3 & 4.

Step 6. Save these images to a thumbdrive and take the drive to the store with only the resized images that you want to print.

Follow these steps for any time you want to do something with your files, be it for Facebook, email or printing at a store. The resize step will cut the file sizes down to what is needed. If done correctly you will not see the difference between the images on your camera, computer or print. What you will notice is the time taken to load up your order onto the photo tellers. I would rather be taking photos than waiting for my full res images to load up on a slow teller. Until next time

Happy Shooting

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