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Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:22:10 PM »
Is their a compression field within Photomechanic that I can change? 

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 04:09:26 PM »
Hi,
You can use the option "Save As" in the File menu of PM to process the image and limit file size or resize the picture.
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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 04:34:03 PM »
Long story short, my editor states that my files are too small as they 7 MB uncompressed.  He thinks my settings in my camera or Photomechanic need to be changed.  My work flow consists of:  take photos with Canon 1D Mark III in RAW, Ingest Raw files to Photomechanic, add caption, rename file, open RAW photo in Photoshop and edit.  Once I edit photo, I save it as a jpeg file.  At this point my files are close to 2 MB.  I then FTP to files using Cyberduck. 

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2013, 04:48:26 PM »
Long story short, my editor states that my files are too small as they 7 MB uncompressed.  He thinks my settings in my camera or Photomechanic need to be changed.  My work flow consists of:  take photos with Canon 1D Mark III in RAW, Ingest Raw files to Photomechanic, add caption, rename file, open RAW photo in Photoshop and edit.  Once I edit photo, I save it as a jpeg file.  At this point my files are close to 2 MB.  I then FTP to files using Cyberduck.

What application is doing the final save to JPEG?  PM or Photoshop?  How big of a file is your editor looking for?

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2013, 04:58:40 PM »
Photoshop is making the final conversion to jpeg.  The editor is looking for 2MB files, which they are when I FTP the files to them.

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2013, 07:54:16 PM »
Photoshop is making the final conversion to jpeg.  The editor is looking for 2MB files, which they are when I FTP the files to them.

Photoshop should show you the expected file size when you change the quality.  Just dial it in to the quality that produces the file size you need.

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2013, 08:21:52 PM »
I select the quality closet to 2 MB.  This one has me stumped.

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2013, 05:54:01 AM »
I select the quality closet to 2 MB.  This one has me stumped.

And what file size do you get once the file is actually saved?  What file size do the images have once the editor receives them?

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013, 06:23:00 PM »
2.0 to 2.8 MB each file. 

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2013, 10:03:00 PM »
...my editor states that my files are too small as they 7 MB uncompressed.

I'm confused, he thinks the files are too small, but he wants them at only 2 MB? Does he think they are compressed too much so he wants them bigger, or did you mean he thinks they are too big because they are going over 2 MB?
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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2013, 06:38:13 AM »
He states that they are 7 MB uncompressed.  When they open the photos they are small and pixelized.  He thinks it has something to do with the settings in my camera or Photo Mechanic.  They only thing I do in Photo Mechanic is:  Ingest the photos, tagged the keepers, caption them and rename them.  I do all of the cropping and editing in Photoshop.  Is their a setting in the ingest tab that I need to be aware of?

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2013, 07:12:42 AM »
He states that they are 7 MB uncompressed.  When they open the photos they are small and pixelized.  He thinks it has something to do with the settings in my camera or Photo Mechanic.  They only thing I do in Photo Mechanic is:  Ingest the photos, tagged the keepers, caption them and rename them.  I do all of the cropping and editing in Photoshop.  Is their a setting in the ingest tab that I need to be aware of?

What do they open the images with?  It sounds like they're scaling them according to the DPI saved in your JPEG.  Post one of your images here (it doesn't have to be a 'real' image, it just needs to go through your workflow) so I can take a look at it.

7MB is fairly small for an uncompressed image. (2.2 megapixels)  What are the pixel dimensions of your saved JPEGs?

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2013, 10:30:13 AM »
Below is a photo that has been edited and send as jpeg.


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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2013, 01:08:24 PM »
That is indeed a 2 megapixel image.  It is only 1296x1944.

How big is the original image with no crop applied?  Are you scaling the image down?

It fits on my monitor at 100% size.  Most images produced by modern cameras must be scaled down below 25% to fit on screen because they're so high in resolution.

Have they given you any indication of what pixel size they're looking for?

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Re: Photo compression in Photo Mechanic
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2013, 01:26:25 PM »
If the files are 7MB uncompressed, that does not seem right for  the Canon 1DmIII -- should be around 10 MB I think?    I wonder if it's possible that you're shooting in s-RAW (small RAW) or something less than full RAW on the camera.
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