Photo Tips - Working With Images

Working With Images

As Shared on the Tech Net by Jim Austin

After the Click


Leave your card in the camera and use the cable to download pictures to your computer. This prevents loss of the card and/or data, and keeps the card in good condition.
Comment: This idea really works. (Scaramouche)

Query: I've heard there's a type of card that eliminates the need for a cable. Is that correct?
Jim: That's right. It has bluetooth built into it. Have a look at Eye-Fi.

Use high quality compact flash/memory cards. I recommend Hoodman and SanDisk brands.
Comment: SanDisk cards have been our choice too. (Zephyr)

Query: After loading photos to the computer, can I find which camera settings I used?
Jim: Yes. Right click on any picture to bring up the properties menu. You'll see all of the settings your camera used for this shot.


Before emailing a photo, crop it down to 640x480 pixels. This makes it easier to send and easier for your recipient to download or view. On Win7 this process is simple. Right clicking the photo brings up a menu. Choose a size, choose your recipient, send.
An image size saved at 6x8" will work on all screens. Save at 1024 x768 pixels at 96 pixels per inch.

Query: Will this work for Winlink?
Jim: Keep the size even smaller at or less than 100k or 1"x1".
Use 75 or 80k. (Alcid)
Nikon View (software) has a built in e-mail size option.
Use Corel software for this. Be sure to save as a copy to preserve the original. (Bees Knees)


If you have no program that will resize your photos, the Smila Image Enlarger program will make 8x10s or 16x20s even larger for very high quality printing. Free; open source.


Win 7 uses Windows Live to reduce photo size. It's built into Win 7.
Image Resizer is another program with rave reviews. Free. Resize for email. Recommended to transfer photos to hard drive and use cleanup program on tablets and phones to clear remnants.
Gimp is always free. Has options to reduce size. Open source.
Picasa will also work for resizing photos. (Calypso)

Email Attachments

Issue: Some pictures that come in through e-mail are huge; some as much as 3 megs. Connection speed can be problematic.
Jim: Use settings on your e-mail program to see if there's a way to read the mail without downloading attachments. Also talk with the senders and ask them to reduce the photo size before sending them to you.
Ask family and friends to post their pictures online so you can see them when you have a strong signal. (C_Language)

Back It Up

Photo by Javier Gonzales
 "Any data that's not stored in at least two places, is stuff you don't really care about."

Back up your photos often. Duplicate everything and place it on an external drive. A terabyte drive is perfect. Back up in advance rather than scrambling to recover from a crash.
A CD will only reliably last about five years. They will un-sandwich themselves eventually. (Dyad)
If you have an old computer that died from power supply failure, use the old hard drive in a new case for back up.


Good sources for terabyte external drives:
Western Digital
My Passport terabyte drive includes software that makes backing up easy.


SyncToy is a back up/synchronization software for your files. Free to download. Make it a habit to backup on a regular schedule. kish-d has a good program to help. (Island Spirit)

General Queries
Issue: A blue line shows up on the pictures I shoot with my waterproof camera.
Jim: Format the card and clean the sensor. Some cameras have an automatic setting for cleaning. Don't do this manually.


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