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In another thread Julie Edwards commented "If you are using Live News, Picture desks will not be happy with files over 5MB.. Most press photographers send files in that are between (just under) 1MB and 2MB.."  This is something that I give regular thought to, what is the optimum file size for live news that will also possibly later sell as stock? A friend of mine who unfortunately passed away earlier this year used work shifts for Newsquest shooting sport. I know he used to upload quite small files, far smaller files than I do, and shoot jpeg, while I shoot 14 bit RAW. He had a brief based upon how his photo's would be used, we don't know what a potential clients precise use will be.

 

I used to upload full size jpg's. Other photographers I know, when I check their uploads, they are in the 50 - 60 MB + open files range, and a quick sample of recent live news uploads noted the smallest being 24 MB, others 34 MB - 60MB +. 

 

Moments ago I did an interesting comparison of my D750 open file sizes against the actual file sizes as below.

 

RAW SIZE LONGEST SIDE PIXELS OPEN SIZE JPEG QUALITY JPEG FILE SIZE LONGEST SIDE PRINTED 300DPI
           
32.3 MB 6016 69.1 MB 12 17.5 MB 20"
32.3 MB 4000 30.6 MB 12 7.9 MB 13.3"
32.3 MB 3000 17.2 MB 12 4.7 MB 10"
32.3 MB 2850 15.5 MB 12 4.2 MB 9.5"
32.3 MB 2850 15.5 MB 10 1.6 MB 9.5"

 

I now reduce my uploads to 4000 pixels longest side, and they upload lots faster via my phone hot spot. They also have the ability to be printed a reasonable size at 300 dpi, although overkill for the web and I guess newsprint. I maintain jpeg quality 12 as Alamy asks for “Images of the highest quality possible”. I suspect there is very little visible difference in quality between quality 10 and 12, but 10 certainly reduces the actual file size.

 

What file sizes and jpeg quality do others uploading to live news use? Do full size jpg's have any advantage at all, as it's a common occurrence?

 

Steve

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3000x2000px

 

and regularly get large print repros, including front pages

 

km

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I also send about 3000x2000 and JPEG quality 10 or 11 and upload as soon as possible.

I get a lot of sales from pictures I take at news events but sell later as stock -- I don't get many live news sales (not as many as I'd like)

Any news pictures I get that will make good stock, I redo later, spending more time on the post-production to get better quality images - and larger files.

I then upload them and delete the identical 'news' versions when they drop off the live news feed.

Only if the original news pics aren't sharp enough to get through QC do I leave them - after carefully re-captioning and keywording.

I've sold a lot of portraits of politicians and pics of police like this that might not have sold in their original news versions.

 

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I had never even considered this - if I am doing live news (I was in Salisbury last night) I have just done the minimum post-processing (straighten sharpen colour) and got the images off so they will be huge as I rarely crop much on news stuff.

I think I might do another LR export setting for news

Now I just need the images to actually sell lol

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1 minute ago, Starsphinx said:

I think I might do another LR export setting for news

 

yep.....export @ 3000x2000, sRGB, 75 quality, and direct FTP out........i don't  keep a local copy of the jpg

 

km

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Because I shoot with D800's 99% of the time I've been sizing my JPEG's at 4200 X.

I don't like the idea of having to go back to redo an image.

 

I would also appreciate hearing from Alamy News what is their ideal finished image

size for News.

 

Chuck

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