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converting and saving photos

leroy64

CA
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leroy64 Registered since 02nd Sep 2012
Sun 02-Sep-12 01:26 PM

I shoot everything in raw and edit or retouch later in another prog..My question is whats the best software for batch converting(usually to jpeg)out there? I have photoshop 6,lightroom 4.Also if you were to saving your pics for safe keeping what format do most people save in ?I noticed some pics I have from 15 yrs that are jpegs are losing quality.I try not to save and resave because you lose each time.thanks

pdekman

Swisher, US
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#1. "RE: converting and saving photos" | In response to Reply # 0

pdekman Gold Member Winner in The Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Awarded as a regular contributor who offers in-depth knowledge to members who are interested in building efficient work flows. Winner in the Annual Nikonians Best Images Contest 2015 Nikonian since 17th Nov 2005
Sun 02-Sep-12 06:12 PM

If the photos are already in the Lightroom library that would be pretty easy. Search/select for the set of images you want to act upon and use the export dialog to establish the jpeg parameters and directory location to export to.

For archive, I only keep my master raw images (or TIFF/PSD if I've edited in PS). I consider jpg exports to be transient files that are easily recreated if necessary.

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k photon

Phoenix, US
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#2. "RE: converting and saving photos" | In response to Reply # 0

k photon Registered since 24th Nov 2002
Mon 03-Sep-12 03:33 AM

For batch conversion, you could select files/folders in Bridge then use Tools>Photoshop>Image Processor.

I archive the raw files.

It's not clear why the jpg's you mentioned are 'losing quality'. Are you re-saving them as jpg's? No need to, just copy the files to an archive location.

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_udo_

Rockwood, CA
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_udo_ Registered since 18th Oct 2007
Sun 04-Nov-12 03:34 PM

For RAW images edited in Adobe RAW only (> 90% of my images), I keep the NEF file and the conversion sidecar file.
For RAW images edited in Photoshop (< 10 % of my images), I keep the un-flattened PSD files, and the NEF file.

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Ferguson

Cape Coral, US
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#4. "RE: converting and saving photos" | In response to Reply # 3

Ferguson Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for the generous sharing of his high level expertise in the spirit of Nikonians Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004
Sun 25-Nov-12 09:32 PM

>For RAW images edited in Adobe RAW only (> 90% of my
>images), I keep the NEF file and the conversion sidecar file.
>For RAW images edited in Photoshop (< 10 % of my images), I
>keep the un-flattened PSD
>files, and the NEF file.

Ditto. I leave the write-to-XMP turned on all the time as a backup in case the catalog goes wonky, it really adds very little overhead.

JPG is not a good archival format unless space is your primary concern, as it makes it difficult to edit later. But Lightroom is a wonderful JPG exporter if you decide that's what you want.


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