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
#1. "RE: converting and saving photos" | In response to Reply # 0pdekman Nikonian since 17th Nov 2005Sun 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.
#2. "RE: converting and saving photos" | In response to Reply # 0k photon Registered since 24th Nov 2002Mon 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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#3. "RE: converting and saving photos" | In response to Reply # 0_udo_ Registered since 18th Oct 2007Sun 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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#4. "RE: converting and saving photos" | In response to Reply # 3Ferguson Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004Sun 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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