This is really stupid but I just downloaded onto my computer some pictures from my kid's new camera (first time doing it). I want to delete everything on her camera to make room for our upcoming trip. Anyway, the files are HUGE--like 4x bigger than my other picture files.
Is there a way to automatically resize the files while/when I'm downloading them? I
Hmm, I'm also wondering if there is a setting in the camera itself to make the files smaller (obviously y'all wouldn't know that, just thinking aloud here).
1) yes, there should be a setting on the camera to change the picture size - if you don't want to waste tme mucking through menus, Google for your camera model + "change resolution."
2) some fancier software can do things like this in bulk, but I doubt it's anything you can automate with your basic photo software.
Beware -- with a lower resolution it's true, the file size will be smaller. However you will also lower the quality
. While the photos will still look good on screen, if you ever want to print them (especially at larger sizes like 8x10) they will look pixilated/muddy.
Like ladyknight1 said, you could always compress the folder with WinZip or burn the files to CD/DVD for storage.
If you're concerned about not having enough memory on the camera for your trip, maybe get a second SIM card for the camera. When one is full, switch it out with the fresh one. This way you can take the photos at hi-resolution and not worry about the quality of that perfect shot that you want to blow up to poster size.
P.S. For reference: https://ww2.lifepics.com/photography-tips/Check-Image-Resolution.html
It is also true that the larger resolution photos will be huge for e-mailing, much slower down-load time, etc. So for this purpose you still will need a program to resize the photos. Sorry, not to sound snobby, but I only use PhotoShop (part of my profession
) so I can't help you with the lower-end programs that do this.