I hope this is D800 related enough. I shot a wedding and have done my post processing. Ready to generate JPGs for client. My question is what size(dimensions) of file should I deliver? Seems to me that most people will not be prepared to handle a full resolution D800 JPG. Thanks!
Though I don't personally provide files to clients for them to print on there own. Tends to cut into print sales, and I don't trust the "marts" or a teenager at the drugstore with printing photos that represent me. The size of the jpg just needs match the intended print size. There are guidelines I'm sure someone with a keyboard (im on my iPad tonight) would love to outline.
You are correct, most people won't ever need files as large as the d800 can produce.....but they are amazing!
>I can't image most people need files larger than 16 MB. I've >stopped producing full sized JPEG files in most situations. >My D800E JPEG files are 40-55MB - just way too big for most >people.
I find that hard to believe, do you not mean you NEF's are that large?
My JPG's average between 5-10 meg, often much smaller, at full resolution and exported from Lightroom at 90-100% quality (I can't really tell the difference in 90 and 100% normally).
NEF's are consistently 45 meg +/- with lossless 14 bit.
TIF's run 250 meg easily.
To the original poster if I had struck a deal for JPG's, I think I would expect whatever resolution you had at full quality. But it's about the deal struck, I would think the use to which these are put would be in your deal, e.g. are they just for proof or facebook, or so they can do prints as they please?
If it were me I might think that 20 years from now I might want a wall size print. Who knows.
>>One of the new features in Photo Mechanic 5.0 (Beta) is >the >>ability to set a maximum file size during conversion to >JPEG. >>I have the Beta but have not tried the function yet. >> >Eric, > >I've tried it to fit withing the 300kb limit for posting here >in the forums. It works like a charm.
Lightroom 4.0 or 4.1 (I don't recall) introduced that ability as well, so you can do mass extracts and say to limit all of them to a particular size (or particular long dimension, or to a particular horizontal dimension or vertical). very handy. Not very accurate, you might say limit to 10 meg, and a file at full resolution that is 12 meg becomes 6 meg, but it is very handy regardless.
The ability to limit a side to a specific number of pixels for an entire batch has been out there for a while. The new function also adjusts quality to limit file size. This is quite handy when you have files that range from 30-60 MB as full sized JPEGs.
What's in the contract? Are the JPGs to be for proofing purposes or are they supposed to be the "negatives"? I'm assuming the former, in which case I'd suggest screen resolution would be adequate, or some modest bump in resolution to accommodate printing up to 4x6 proofs if the client so wishes. I'm not sure that any lossy compression would fulfill contractual obligations to deliver "negatives" (or whatever the digital equivalent contractual term is today), in which case you may have to deliver Tiffs (which will be huge from the D800).
>Why are you doing a wedding if you don't already know the >answer to this kind of question?
All of my wedding work is pro-bono. I have now shot 9 weddings in the last year with 1 of them in Salt Lake City and the most recent in Alabama. In the past I had no problem providing the client with full size JPGs from my D300, D200, D100, D70s. As others have stated the D800 is a game changer.
I stick to the same workflow as I use D700. I shoot and create web gallery (best quality from LR) for clients to choose. When I provide the files, I tell my clients the size of the file to be 20+MB each. If they mentioned handling of large files, I would down sample to 80% (from LR Jpeg quality) and this will make file size to 7+MB. I have not had any issues from my clients so far. Personally, I do not down sample lower than that.