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FILE Size question
Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 03.27.15
->> I know this might be a tedious question for most people but I am fighting with my IT idiot about file size. I shoot everything full size due to I use my personal equipment and don't want to have to remember to change the size back for my personal work. My IT guy doesn't want us to put anything into our system over 2.5 meg because he claims we don't anything bigger. So I shoot all my images full size and then after culling out the bad ones I resize everything to a 2.0 meg file. So I shoot 300 photos, 8.5 meg and when I resize on Photo Mechanic I get file sizes from anywhere like 1.5 meg up too 4.0 meg but I put my size as file size too 2.0. I know the reason all has to do with information in the photo but this idiot doesn't seem to know this anybody got a article/site that can help me?
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Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 5:53 PM on 03.27.15
->> Get another IT guy, one who understands the issues.
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 6:49 PM on 03.27.15
->> If you set to a standard pixel dimension rather than using the .jpg quality slider in Photo Mechanic it should give you pretty consistent file sizes.
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 11:58 AM on 03.28.15
->> Marvin make a droplet in photo shop to resize the photos, Keep your originals and duplicate the folder, then just drop the file in the droplet. But when you make the resizing action use Fit Size and it will accout for the file being horz or vert... Drop me an e-mail at and what photoshop version and PC or Mac and I'll can try to e-mail you a droplet or more detailed instructions. Dose you IT guy have an file size in Pixles he really wants. When others ask you why you did it that way and not sent larger files, keep the e-mails from your It guy so you can prove it was his idea.

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Steve Ueckert, Photographer
Houston | TX | | Posted: 1:51 PM on 03.28.15
->> Shoot a RAW file for yourself and a small JPEG to satisfy your IT person.

If you need a larger file, do a new rendering of the RAW in post.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 6:41 PM on 03.29.15
->> I'd consider approaching it from the other side. Why does he think anything larger than 2 MB is a problem?

Maybe server space is getting tight and management won't approve any money to buy more. If something like this is the case you could team up to request additional space and might make an ally in the process.
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 11:15 PM on 03.29.15
->> Kevin your basically right about management not wanting to buy more space. Not happening about asking for more space. This IT guy is still using windows XP
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 12:32 AM on 03.30.15
->> At my old paper the general manager was really pinching pennies and said I should start deleting photos from the archive instead of expanding our storage. I got it in writing and did just that… after making sure I had everything backed up at home. It bit them in the butt a year after a left when they had to call and beg me to dig up some file for a big story.

Back to your issue: Without knowing your complete scenario it is hard to give advice. Your profile says you are freelance so I assume this is for one of your freelance clients? If so, send the files full size and let them handle the archiving however they'd like after publication.

If they insist on the file size limit send them 10 inch photos saved at JPEG 7. When they complain about quality simply tell them you are trying to comply with their strict requirements and then provide them the simple solution of slightly larger files to gain them better quality.

But unless you can make friends with the IT guy or get someone higher up the food chain like the editor or publisher on your side, you're gonna end up losing this one.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 7:01 AM on 03.30.15
->> Marvin - I think Kevin's suggestions are sound. Do your best to comply with IT Guy's request providing the best image you can and staying within the file size limit. Dual card slots will make your life easier. However, I wouldn't change your camera settings but rather resize the images once they are processed. LR export and PhotoMechanic (save as function) make this very easy to do. Save the original for yourself.

Truth is, you've knew this answer long before you started this post. I think you just don't like "IT Guy" telling you what you can and cannot do and needed to vent. Of course, nobody does particularly when it defines how we do our jobs and take care of business.

Again, do your best, take care of Marvin, and let IT GUY take care of IT Guy. As Kevin pointed out, you are fighting a loosing fight but could be the hero down the road because you were wise enough to keep the original yourself. That will be the day to make your point known OR make a ton of money selling the original file.

Loose the battle ..... win the war.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 12:01 PM on 03.30.15
->> Better question might be...what "system" is he talking about?

- Web. Well, images for web viewing don't need to be 2MB for the most part.
- Email. Email systems often clog up with large file sizes. In my organization we have set the limit at 10MB for attachment sizes on single emails, and sending large numbers of 24MP image files via email can quickly fill up my Exchange Server inbox.

If he's talking about FTP or network storage then he's out to lunch. Those were designed with full-sized images in mind.
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 11:44 AM on 03.31.15
->> I agree with Simon. Most of my work is posted on the Internet so I resize to 1000 pixels which leaves enough room for our photo editor to crop and/or downsize to fit the story.
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Jim Karczewski, Photographer, Assistant
Hammond | IN | USA | Posted: 3:08 PM on 03.31.15
->> All this in stark contrast to what I send in. They ask we send in photos 8x10 @ 300dpi.

Then again, we have page designers that like to take a cropped photo and crop it even tighter. There is nothing like seeing a photo in print that someone went too heavy handed on the crop tool with just because they wanted to isolate 1 player for which they don't have artwork. :/

Ask them for a Nikon 800 or a 5DS and see what happens. :P (sorry, couldn't resist)
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Sergei Stepanov, Photographer
Narva-Joesuu | IV | Estonia | Posted: 2:30 AM on 04.07.15
->> Same things used in our agency too. The file transfer system not allowing to send images more than 2.5 meg. When transferring images from camera to FTP I'm using basic compression to second CF card which are not big. And also when exporting images from LR have made settings for file size no more than 2 megs. Few years ago was more painful indeed, while was sending images by email. Photo desk was requested images no more than 1.5 meg... :)
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