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Mandy Hank
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/8/2004

High Resolution CD - Image Storage

I'm trying to figure out how to burn my own high-resolution CD at home. The company I'm using charges me .40 a image which can get really pricey. My question: Does anyone have any recommendations on CD programs to do that or types of CDs I should use? I don't know if buying a CD at the store will give me a high resolution quality or if I need a special brand. Thanks for any advice.

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4/26/2006 4:50:54 PM

Brock E. Litton   Sonic Record now is the burning software that I use. Its easy and straightforward. As far as the high resolution CD, it looks like you're shooting with a digital SLR so just buy some medium-priced CDs and start burning. The resolution of the images on your CD come from your camera, not the CD. You have some great images by the way.

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4/27/2006 7:38:47 AM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
The CD that you use has nothing at all to do with the resolution or quality of your images. I see you're shooting digital, so this isn't a question about scanning, just image storage.
To get the highest resolution images from your camera onto a CD, start with setting your camera at its highest resolution and quality setting (JPEG-Large/Fine or RAW). When you process your images in your image editing program, make sure you save them at the highest resolution and quality available. Remember that any cropping with reduce the resolution of your images, so try not to overdo it.
If you have a CD burner, any CD-burning software will work - you don't need anything fancy. I use Nero, but Windows XP even had CD-burning capability built in, and it works well.
In the CD-burning program, you want to make a DATA disc, NOT a "Photo CD" or "Picture Disc". Then select the photos you want to copy and burn them to the disc. The photos on the CD will be exact copies of the photos on your computer.
Although the brand or type of CD-R discs that you buy has nothing to do with the resolution or quality of your pictures, it can have an impact on the lifespan of the CD itself. In general, higher-quality name-brand CD-R discs are said to last longer than cheap generic discs.
There are lots of threads here that have addressed that issue. If you search for "archival CD" or "Gold CD" you will find lots of info on that.

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4/27/2006 7:42:02 AM

Mandy Hank
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/8/2004
  Hey thanks a lot guys for your advice- I really appreciate it you getting me started. I'll start looking at past threads- thanks again for your help! :)

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4/27/2006 8:12:03 AM

Greg S. McMillan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2005
  Hi Mandy,
I would recommend converting your images to TIFF format. They will be larger file sizes, but TIFFs, although compressed similar to JPEG, don't lose their quality over time, i.e., each time you open them. Also, if you have DVD burning capabilities, use that since you can fit so much more on one disc. I use Memorex discs, and when choosing a disc, try to get ones that are made in Japan as opposed to Taiwan, if you can find them. The quality is a little better.

Greg McMillan

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5/4/2006 6:54:05 AM

Peter M. Wilcox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/30/2005
  I'm sorry Greg, but you've passed along some misinformation. First, TIFF files are not compressed, and will usually be larger than the RAW format files from the camera. Second, no digital file will loss quality from being opened, read, printed or otherwise accessed. If you opened a compressed file, modified it, and then saved it over the original than quality might be lost, but any editing program will warn you before overwriting an original file.

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5/4/2006 8:16:30 AM

Robert Sena   Mandy:

I want to second some points and add at least one. (1)Yes, TIFF is NOT a compressed file but it is large. JPG is compressed, sometimes greatly depending on the setting you choose and is used when you want to place an image on the web or send it as an e-mail. Since your computer screen most likely shows images at 72 pixels/lines per inch, when you save a jpg at 72ppi, that's as good an image as the viewer gets. (3) Check out gold CD's for storage over 4-5 years. (4)If you have many images, consider using DVD's which are the same for storing photos but with a much larger capacity. (5) If your camera allows you to set it to take 2 formats at once, you might consider shooting RAW (which needs to be converted to another format for sending) AND jpg. But, usually, this jpeg is used as a fast way to sort your images; you should set it at basic or the lowest quality for this purpose or you end up getting fewer and fewer images per memory disk. If you are not going to work on the images in Photoshop, etc., you can shoot a high res. jpg, such as "fine" .

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5/4/2006 9:48:08 AM

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