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Why The Difference In Size

Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/13/2013 - 7:15 PM

Take a look at the first four pictures in my profile that I just uploaded. Each is pretty much straight out of the camera, all the same size, each will print to the same size - yet - they range in upload size from the low teens to 24.4 mgs.


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Posted by: Deborah Smolinske on 06/13/2013 - 7:35 PM

It has to do with the number of colors and tonal range in each image, Roy. A black and white image will compress smaller than a color image, for example, even though both are the same dimensions. Your first image has fewer colors than the other three, so I'm betting that's the one in the low teens. And so on ...


Posted by: Mike Savad on 06/13/2013 - 8:15 PM

it also depends how well it can compress. like an open sky or a flat wall will be really small in size. if it has to keep track of more data, it will be larger. it's one reason why high iso takes up more space than low.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/13/2013 - 9:20 PM

Mike - each of these was saved and uploaded as a png


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/13/2013 - 9:22 PM

Deborah - reverse order - the train was first the desert mounds last. I actually thought that was the case - about the color and tone - but it still makes keeping an image under 25 mg a "guessing game" as each is hardly touched, did add my signature, but otherwise the same size out of the camera. So there is no "real" formula for making an image a certain size.


Posted by: Gregory Scott on 06/13/2013 - 9:27 PM

Some images compress better than others.

Why do you upload a png?
1. It's larger, takes longer, and ironically, you can't upload as high a resolution high quality image.
2. FAA converts it to a JPG anyway. So if you convert to jpg yourself, your upload is smaller, and conversion is under YOUR control.


Posted by: Peter Tellone on 06/13/2013 - 11:36 PM

Yeah, don't use PNG, It's really a graphics format and in 24bit the files are just too large

Use JPEG and if you use Photoshop in the JPEG save as screen you can see the File size before you save and adjust the compression as necessary to take it under 25MB

More color, more detail, more contrast larger file size ( Note that file size does NOT equal Megapixels)


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