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Processing and storage

Unread post by wingman » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:26 pm

I have been cleaning up all my pics and want to sort them but would like to convert them into a standard file format for easy post processing and access, currently they are all on Canon and Nikon raw file formats. what is the best option to place them in one file format but retain the raw data. I do have photoshop as an alternate program.
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Re: File formats for storing and processing

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:33 pm

Afternoon wingman,
Well start by always keeping your Raw files, you never know!
Jpg format are pretty compact and maintain good quality, you loose a little on the colour side by only trained eyes will notice
Tiff format bigger file formats, Jpg is nothing else but a compressed and reprocessed Tiff!, but maintains the best pictures tones and characteristics.

I work mainly with Tiff formats and only use Jpg when quality is not the absolute priority in my work.
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Re: File formats for storing and processing

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:46 pm

Your best choice is DNG.
This is opensource RAW, so anyone can write programs to work with them. Several makes of cameras even offer the option of shooting directly in this format now.

If you have Lightroom you can convert whole catalogs in one go (make sure you have enough space!), or one by one.
If you don't have Lightroom, well....



Then you simply download it. ;)
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlemen ... lightroom3
It's a beta, free of cost, but will only run till June 30, 2010. That should be enough time even for a slow computer.
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Re: File formats for storing and processing

Unread post by pepperjuice » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:49 pm

Keep them in RAW. There is no alternate to RAW.

For myself, I stopped converting everthing to JPG. For real fast viewing of RAW files, use "Breeze Broser Pro"

And Lightroom for the mannage of your RAW files.

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Re: File formats for storing and processing

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:01 pm

pepperjuice wrote:For real fast viewing of RAW files, use

Irfanview!

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Re: File formats for storing and processing

Unread post by michel367 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:13 pm

Irfanview works just fine for me and it's free. :thumbs_up:

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Re: File formats for storing and processing

Unread post by madach » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:29 pm

I keep all my images in the original RAW format. RAW to TIFF conversion apps keep getting better and better so it makes sense to keep your RAW files. With the software I use today I can get much better results from my 'old' RAW files compared to a couple of years ago.

Converting the RAW images to DNG would also work as DNG is also a (non-proprietary) RAW format.

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Re: File formats for storing and processing

Unread post by wingman » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:22 pm

Many thanks for all the help, the next question is what format is it best to convert scanned slides into.
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Re: File formats for storing and processing

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:29 pm

Now this one is tricky!!! The biggest problem you'll face is not the format, most scanning software allows you to choose the format, but quality.
DNG and TIFF will give you heavy files and most of the times scanning slides requires some cleaning and colour regulating. The best I can say is try the various options and choose the one that gives you the best quality. I save in TIFF and DNG but then I have unlimited memory to work with and don't really look at that.
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Downloading photographs

Unread post by moobox » Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:42 pm

Hello everyone
When you are in KNP or anywhere remote for that matter, what do you do with the photographs on your SD card? I mean, if you become a bit frenzied, you will need to clear up the card and put the images somewhere? I have IPad but it's only 16GB. I have an Samsung S4 - also not big space. I dont feel like taking my laptop along.

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Re: Downloading photographs

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:46 pm

Hi Ed

I take my laptop and a portable drive and make sure I have two copies of the pics; either on laptop and portable drive, or card and laptop.

I have had that horrible sinking feeling of my hard drive crashing while in KNP and loosing a set of pics, so I will never not have two copies of photos until I get home and can back up.

Take your laptop along :D
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Re: Downloading photographs

Unread post by fee » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:18 pm

I have bought an extra SD card just in case I run out of space.
A few years ago it did happen to me, and I the photographic dept in Skukuza loaded my pics on to a cd for me.
Haven't noticed if that department is still active in the camp shop.

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Re: Downloading photographs

Unread post by Goronta » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:30 am

Morning anne-Marie,

It's a portable hard drive which allows to save photos from your camera without the use of a computer.
This device support a variety of memory card formats (CF,SD,SDHC,SDXC).
The system includes an internal recheargable battery and can be used when you have no power in the wilderness camps for example.Very easy to use ,you just insert your memory card in the slot on the left side of the device.You can choose the capacity of the hard disk you will install in this portable storage.You even have a tiny screen (stamp size) to preview the photos. Then back home, I transfer my data to my computer.
I bought it at a professionnal Photo shop in Paris. It was not cheap but very easy to travel with .It's the size of an external hard disk (size of a book)
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Re: Downloading photographs

Unread post by anne-marie » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:38 am

I can't compare the price in Europe with the price in SA, but seems to be very cheap :thumbs_up:

I never buy 16GO... "only" 8 or less... because if one card has a default... all is lost :doh:
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Re: Downloading photographs

Unread post by moobox » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:53 am

Well Anne-Marie, funny that you should mention that. I was keen to go for 32 or 64 and someone told me "what if something goes wrong then you've lost a heck of a lot. Maybe I should look at 8 then. Thanks for your post.


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