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Old Tuesday 24th March 2020, 12:14   #1
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uploading photos here

Some of you know that I have posted photos here from a bushnell camera trap without any problems.

Over the past year I have lost a lot of close friends so I thought stuff the cost I am getting my first proper set up. I got all canon gear , a 90d body , a 50mm f1.4 and a 100-400mm zoom. I got the big zoom because that's what people use where I go dolphin watching in Scotland. I am gradually getting to grips with the basics of how things work but I have hit a problem.

The average size of most photos are around 9mb each so I am having difficulty posting them to here and on emails attachments. How can I reduce memory size without loosing quality.

I tried to post one here today that was 10.1 mb and right at the end it said it was to big to accept.
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Old Tuesday 24th March 2020, 12:22   #2
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Hi,
With photo editing software you need to reduce the physical size of the photo down to 1600x1200 pixels and then save as jpg at a suitable compression rate to get it down to around 1mb.
Obviously keep the original safe at it's full size.

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To add to what Andy said, if the subject is small in the picture (e.g. a far-away bird or dolphin) then crop it first before downsizing the image. If you have to crop it a lot then it might not need to be reduced any further for posting.
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I edit photos using Canon DPP (which you should have got with your camera) for RAW tweaking, crop to desired composition and save as jpg.

Then Photoshop Elements 7 usually just for noise reduction (bought-in plug-in Neat Image).

After all that I put copies of photos for BF in a separate folder and resize and save using Paint (I tend not to use 1600 X 1200 but 1200 X 800).

Seems to work for me, I don't think I've had a photo not meet BF requirements after that.

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Old Tuesday 24th March 2020, 15:08   #5
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With photo editing software you need to reduce the physical size of the photo down to 1600x1200 pixels and then save as jpg at a suitable compression rate to get it down to around 1mb.
Obviously keep the original safe at it's full size.
These size restrictions date from the start of Birdforum over 20 years ago when computers were tiny by modern standards - surely it's time to increase them in line with cheaper data storage, so people don't have to go through the rigmarole of editing, and losing pic quality by downsizing? I'd have thought at least 8000x6000 pixels and 10 or 15 mb shouldn't take up too much space on Birdforum's servers?

Take a look at e.g. Wiki Commons; the current top size for posting images there is 100 mb, or in some cases 4 gigabytes

I know I'd post photos here far more if I didn't have to micro-miniaturise them first.
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Why do you need to post huge photos? Anything other than screen size is surely pointless?
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These size restrictions date from the start of Birdforum over 20 years ago when computers were tiny by modern standards - surely it's time to increase them in line with cheaper data storage, so people don't have to go through the rigmarole of editing, and losing pic quality by downsizing? I'd have thought at least 8000x6000 pixels and 10 or 15 mb shouldn't take up too much space on Birdforum's servers?

Take a look at e.g. Wiki Commons; the current top size for posting images there is 100 mb, or in some cases 4 gigabytes

I know I'd post photos here far more if I didn't have to micro-miniaturise them first.
I strongly second this. . ..
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Why do you need to post huge photos? Anything other than screen size is surely pointless?
1. Because it is a lot simpler: upload the pic straight onto birdforum, no need to faff around for half an hour reducing the size of the pic.

2. Often important identification detail, etc., may be visible in a large photo at full resolution, but not visible in a downsized thumbnail.
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1. Because it is a lot simpler: upload the pic straight onto birdforum, no need to faff around for half an hour reducing the size of the pic.

2. Often important identification detail, etc., may be visible in a large photo at full resolution, but not visible in a downsized thumbnail.
That takes me less than 30 seconds, so I've no idea how you're trying to do it Michael.
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That takes me less than 30 seconds, so I've no idea how you're trying to do it Michael.
Ditto, and in Paint I can select a dozen pictures which will then open simultaneously and I can rattle through them at production-line rates.

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This is a very easy site to use.

https://picresize.com/

Browse and select your pic then choose the size from one of the options, I usually pic the one thst says 'fit to screen size 800'.

At the end, save the edited shot to your home dive then post, if I can do it, it really is, simples.
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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 06:31   #12
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Thanks for all your feedback i found out yesterday that their is a photo package on the canon website and all you have to do is put in the serial number of the camera. It has a fuction that lets you reduce a photo from say 12mb down to 1.2mb on the 1600 x 1200 setting. For the time being that is the only funtion i want to use.
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Could birdforum not be set up to do the resizing automatically ?
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Old Thursday 26th March 2020, 14:27   #14
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Hello occasional , if you read my original thread you will see that I am a newbie to high tech camera gear , that said , I don't think your suggestion would work because it would have to get onto the site in the first place for this to happen and that was my problem !

I kept getting told the photos I was trying to upload were too big for this site.

Using canons software I have shrunk 3 photos to around 1.2mb and I posted them in the gallery yesterday,
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Could birdforum not be set up to do the resizing automatically ?
Yes; lots of other sites do that
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