Share file without compromising quality

CrystalMCrystalM Registered Users Posts: 1 Beginner grinner
Hi -
I have a long distance friend who has an image she wants me to edit in Photoshop. She took the image with a Nikon D500. What is the best electronic method to get images from a person without affecting the file size and quality? I believe it is compressed when emailed correct?


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    denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Administrators Posts: 14,250 moderator

    In my opinion emailing large files is a non-starter; I won't open files emailed to me.

    You might consider using an online file sharing site. Some are free; many are not. You can find them by doing a search for file sharing sites.

    Two examples:

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    RichardRichard Administrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,937 moderator

    No, attachments are not compressed by any of the systems I've used. Gmail allows up to a 25MB file. This is probably going to be enough for any jpg and most nef files as well if lossless compression is used. It depends on the quality and bit depth settings. If gmail complains, it will give you the option of putting the file in the cloud on the G Drive, which you both could access.


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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,867 moderator

    I prefer to compress files into a ZIP format first, and many zip compressors allow segmenting the file into smaller files which can be recombined at the end point back to original, bit-for-bit identical-to-original. You can usually also compress and segment an entire directory into smaller files too. Segmentation can help with poor connections.

    An FTP file service, or one of the 'Secure' FTP variants, can be used for faster communication from computer-to-computer, depending upon the computer literacy of those using the systems. (For instance, effectively you set up a temporary FTP repository on your computer and inform your friend of the address, and they use an FTP client to directly send the files to your computer. You can additionally set up a VPN, Virtual Private Network, between the computers to help guard against intrusion.)

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    puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul Registered Users Posts: 1,621 Major grins

    I used https://wetransfer.com/ once on behalf of another local snapper to send 25 or so pics in one go to an agency. Total upload was about around 350Mb or so, iirc.

    If, as seems likely, you're only going to be dealing with one pic tho - and by arrangement - I'd not bother, and just use email with best quality jpg settings.


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    pathfinderpathfinder Super Moderators Posts: 14,698 moderator


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    Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Registered Users Posts: 2,294 Major grins

    Drop box and FTP are basically the go to these days.


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