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SENDING RAW OR JPG IMAGE FROM CANON REBEL CAMERA THROUGH EMAIL

by Johnnie
(Canada)

Raw versus jpg

Raw versus jpg

What is a good image setting to get a JPEG for mailing. I have 2 Rebels and they were set but now they are on raw and that seems too big.

Hi Johnnie, Thanks for your question about sending RAW or jpgs images from your Canon Rebel cameras using email.

Canon RAW vs jpg image size

The RAW images that from your camera are saved as an uncompressed format. That is too say they have not been reduced in size with software like a jpg image would be.

JPG files are smaller in size because either your camera's software or editing software you use on your computer uses complex mathematical algorithms to compress the data into more manageable size without a huge sacrifice in quality.

JPG Quality Setting

Today's email servers can handle much larger files than the early days of email. You should always set your Canon Rebel cameras to the highest jpg setting available. If you set low quality on your camera, you won't have the option to use a high quality version of your photo at a later date. Those individual full-sized jpg files will still easily fit through email.

If you need to send quite a few images all at once, depending on what the recipient needs for image quality, you may have to reduce them in size using your own editing software or one of the free online file reducer aps.

How I process RAW files for emailingMy own work flow I shoot EVERYTHING in RAW so that I can process into jpg using my own preferences rather than have the camera process it using "average" settings. I use either Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom so that I can control many of the different ways the data can be used. If I'm sending "Proofs" to customers I used greatly reduced jpgs to send them through email.

There are a few variables for you to know about.. How many photos email servers/software can handle can vary from one email server to the next. File sizes can vary in size too depending on the subject matter.

Johnnie, I hope this helped. See the article linked below for more information on jpg versus RAW.

Thank you,
Bruce

RAW Vs. jpg

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