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Gerry Gingell

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Gerry Gingell Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Apr 2010
Thu 27-Sep-12 08:17 PM

I've managed to convert my edited RAW shots to JPEGs, BUT I ended up with two of each shot - one as RAW, and then a JPEG. Do I have to laboriously delete each RAW shot individually (there are a couple of hundred), or is there a way I can delete all the RAW shots in one go, leaving just the JPEGs? Is there any way I can convert a load of RAW shots into JPEGs and eliminate the RAW? I know I wouldn't want to do this with serious shots, but when they're holiday snaps I'm happy to do this. I'm sure there's something obvious and I just haven't worked it out - so would be grateful for some expert advice. I have View NX2 and Capture NX2, and have done it from within Capture NX2. Many thanks for any ideas - and for all the great things I learn every day from this site! Bye for now Gerry

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mklass

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#1. "RE: Converting RAW to JPEGS" | In response to Reply # 0

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Thu 27-Sep-12 09:51 PM

Well, you could save the JPGs to a different folder, the just delete everything in the folder with the NEFs or delete the folder itself.

Or, you could use the CNX browser to display only the NEF's, select them all and delete them.

If also might be easier to do that in a file manager than an image browser.

But I do not know of a way to convert the NEF to JPG and delete the residual NEF all in one step while in CNX or VNX. They aren't actually converting the file, they are creating a JPG from the NEF.

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gkaiseril

Chicago, US
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#2. "RE: Converting RAW to JPEGS" | In response to Reply # 0

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Thu 27-Sep-12 10:26 PM

Why would you want to delete the NEF?

Most keep it so if they need to adjust the image for a different resolution, crop, or make other adjustments to tone, sharpening, white balance, etc, the NEF is a better starting point as all previous edits can be removed and you can start fresh, at least with Nikon Capture NX2.

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Asgard

East Frisia, DE
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#3. "RE: Converting RAW to JPEGS" | In response to Reply # 0

Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004
Thu 27-Sep-12 11:10 PM

Don't delete your original NEFs.

I would store them in a different file.

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gpoole

Farmington Hills, US
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#4. "RE: Converting RAW to JPEGS" | In response to Reply # 2

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Thu 27-Sep-12 11:36 PM | edited Thu 27-Sep-12 11:40 PM by gpoole

Also the edit steps to create the JPG can be saved in the NEF as a version. After you have used the JPG to post on the Web, email, of make a print. Just delete the JPG, you can always recreate it from the edit steps that were saved in the NEF.

Keep the NEFs with the edit instructions to create the JPG, but don't save a separate JPG.

In many cases you can can avoid creating a JPG completely. A NEF file contains an embedded JPG image. Your camera embeds a Large Basic JPG when it creates a NEF file. When you edit and save a NEF in Capture NX2, CNX2 updates the embedded JPG with a Large Fine JPG that reflects the edit steps of the saved NEF. PhotoMecanic can extract the embedded JPG when you need a JPG version of your image. PhotoMechanic can also resize the JPG if needed for you intended use. PM can directly upload the extacted and resized image to most photo sharing websites.

Except for large prints I no longer create a JPG with CNX2. I upload JPGs to Zenfolio directly from PhotoMechanic without ever saving a JPG. When I need a JPGs for a Nikonians forum post or a my Nikonians gallery or I want a 4x6 prints, I have PhotoMechanic extract appropriate sized JPGs from the NEFs and put them in a temproary folder. As soon as I have uploaded the JPGs, I delete the folder.

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four eighty sparky

US
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#5. "RE: Converting RAW to JPEGS" | In response to Reply # 0

four eighty sparky Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2011
Fri 28-Sep-12 02:26 PM | edited Fri 28-Sep-12 02:31 PM by four eighty sparky

NEVER delete your raw files.


NEVER!

That's like throwing away film negatives.


NEVER delete your raw files.








Here's how I manage my images:

Initial camera file name might be D7K-1234.NEF. When I import the shoot, I put them into a file folder named for the shoot. Such as "Blue Bridge" or "2012 Vacation/Sun 2/Cave Falls".

Once I rate (star) the images in VNX, I edit them with CNX. When I get done editing them, I save the file in it's original folder. Then I name the image, say "Western Sunrise" and save it in another folder where I store all my keepers. I retain the original file number, so the image then becomes "Western Sunrise 1234.NEF". I keep the original file number here to retain the ability to find the original file in the original folder.

Once the edited raw file is saved in the second folder, I save it as a JPEG, "Western Sunrise 1234.JPG".

Further edits, such as for posting on the internet, get renamed again.... "Western Sunrise Post.JPG".

It may sound like a long road, but with the title "Western Sunrise", I can easily find the original file using the Search function.

With the price of memory constantly dropping, I can't imagine ever deleting an image, even if it's not a keeper and never gets edited. However, if you are inclined to an act of insanity and want to delete the raw files (It's raw, folks, not RAW.... it's not an acronym like JPEG)... just sort them in your File Manager by Type. That will group the JPEGs together, as well as the NEFs (NEF is an acronym.... Nikon Electronic File). One-click the first NEF file on the list, scroll down to the last one, and press the Shift Key when you one-click on the last NEF file on the list.

Press Delete to say bye-bye to all your hard work.

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kennoll

Seattle, US
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#6. "RE: Converting RAW to JPEGS" | In response to Reply # 0

kennoll Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 07th Feb 2011
Fri 28-Sep-12 06:35 PM

If both RAW and JPEGs are in the same folder just sort on file TYPE in Windows Manager (after changing the view to "details" in the drop-down box under More Options), select the NEFs and delete as a group. However, I would move the NEFs to another external NEF folder and/or burn them to a DVD or something. As others have indicated, if you need to re-adjust and make new JPEGs then you still have the source.

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Gerry Gingell

Augsburg, DE
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#7. "Converting RAW to JPEGS" | In response to Reply # 0

Gerry Gingell Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Apr 2010
Fri 19-Oct-12 08:20 PM

Dear All
Thank you so much for your considered responses. I'm very much a newbie at the digital darkroom stuff and the computer side of things. I have seen the error of my ways and will not, for a second, now consider deleting my raw shots ever again! I have over 1,000 raw (I now realise it's raw and not RAW) from a recent trip to Bernkastel-Kues in Germany and wanted to edit them, then convert them to JPEGs so I could give copies on a disc to family members. I've now successfuly converted them all to JPEGs and put the JPEGs within their own folder. So thank you for suggesting that and for all the input which has helped me greatly.

Gerry

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four eighty sparky

US
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#8. "RE: Converting RAW to JPEGS" | In response to Reply # 7

four eighty sparky Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2011
Mon 22-Oct-12 01:22 AM

If nothing else, you can shoot raw and create JPEGs in-camera. Just go to the RETOUCH menu, then select RAW (NEF) PROCESSING.

From there, you can make minor adjustments and create a JPEG in-camera with no computer.

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