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James E. McKinney

TIFF to JPEG problem

The situation; I have about 160 wedding pics that I took in JPEG, then converted to TIFF to retouch in p/s. The problem: Now the files are too large to ftp to my lab(estimated time 4 days 7 hours.) The question: Would I lose a "noticeable" amount of quality if I converted the retouched TIFF files back into JPEG in order to ftp them? Like I said before, they are wedding pics, and I have been paid to take them, so I want to give them good proofs. Thanks so much for any advice.

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8/10/2004 8:18:49 AM

Vince Broesch   One of the things about JPEG is you lose quality on each edit/save. I think you would be better off to write them to CD and mail them, so you can keep them as TIFF. You have already lost quality on the first JPEG save, so I would not want to lose any more. Just my opinion.

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8/10/2004 4:00:49 PM

Mikki Cowles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2004
  After you make your edits on the TIFF file, you can then save it back as a high-quality JPEG, and you shouldn't have any trouble with image quality. I have sent several JPEGs to an online photo printing lab and have gotten back incredibly beautiful, professional prints up to 11x14" (I use Holland Photo).

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8/10/2004 7:50:02 PM

Dave Cross   Hi James. I concur with Mikki, for proofs, send them as high-quality (low compression) JPEGs. Once your customers have decided which shots they want BIG, you can send the relevant TIFF files (probably on a CD).

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8/10/2004 11:03:26 PM

James E. McKinney   Thanks, guys, for all your help. One more question, Dave: Would these proofs be acceptable to sell to the customer for the wedding album?
Thanks again.

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8/11/2004 7:17:09 AM

Dave Cross   Hi again James. IMHO, low compression (high quality) JPEGs are fine up to about 10x8-ish, maybe (if they are really good) 11x14 - anything bigger really needs the added detail of the TIFF. Particularly in this instance, you really don't want another JPEG compression in the loop.
In the future, I should shoot RAW and convert to 16bit TIFF to do your edits.

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8/11/2004 8:11:07 AM

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