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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:43 pm 
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Hi to all!

I would like to start off by saying that this is a really great site and has been and still will be useful resource for me to emerge myself in photography, as I'm new to it. I only have a point and shoot for the moment but will be upgrading to an SLR pretty soon.

Ok, onto the question:

Is it alright to Copy and Paste the photos from an SD card straight onto my laptop without using any software? I do it in this fashion so that I can retain the 4 digit number on the end of the filename. My concern is, will this manner of importing photos cause a loss in the image quality or even information?.

Any feedback on this topic will be very welcome. Thanks :D


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Hi, welcome to Nirvana.

Copy & Pasting won't cause any problems at all, relax.

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Thanks for the update.


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Hi Thomas,

Welcome!

Like Zorro says, there won't be any problems and you won't suffer from a loss of quality. There has been some talk that opening and closing a jpeg over and over and over can cause a loss of quality, but I haven't actually seen any examples of that before with my own eyes.

Take a look at this for more info: http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/formatsjpeg/a/jpegmythsfacts.htm

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Further to what Thomas said - my reading of it isn't so much that opening & closing will degrade the image, more that re-saving it will, over time, reduce the final quality. In my workflow (for what it's worth) I keep the image in a lossless format right up to the end. Only when I'm completely happy with the image will it be converted to jpeg, if at all.

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Hi Steve,

Thanks for the link. Quite informative. I guess when I do get my SLR, I'll be shooting with the RAW+JPEG Fine option. Ha! Probably only after a few years.


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