Save 67% DISK: DNG lossy compression ISN'T SCARY!

5/30/2018 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Save 67% DISK: DNG lossy compression ISN'T SCARY!

Adobe Lightroom can convert your raw files into LOSSY DNG files. Lossy DNG is a universal raw format that uses JPG-style compression intelligently to maintain your shadows and highlights that JPG files would normally remove. Lossy DNG minimizes traditional JPG artifacts, too.



Lossy DNG isn't the right choice for all pictures, but if you're like me, you have thousands of raw pictures that you don't want to delete, but that you don't need to be completely perfect. Lossy DNG reduces disk space usage by more than 2/3 - so if your cloud backup bill is now $500/year, it could be $200/year. Over the next several decades that you'll want to keep your pictures, Lossy DNG could save you THOUSANDS.


To convert your raw photos to lossy DNG, follow these steps:
  1.   Select the photos to be converted (for example, select all your 1-, 2-, and 3-star photos).
  2.   From the menu, select LIBRARY | CONVERT PHOTOS TO DNG.
  3.   Select the ONLY CONVERT RAW FILES, DELETE ORIGINALS AFTER SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION, ENABLE FAST LOAD DATA, and USE LOSSY COMPRESSION checkboxes. Clear the EMBED ORIGINAL RAW FILE checkbox.
  4.   Click OK and wait.

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About Tony Northrup:


Award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup has published more than 30 how-to books and sold more than a million copies around the world. His photos have been featured on magazine covers, book covers, CD covers, TV shows, calendars, and much more. Let's Get Connected: www.northrupphotography.com 

Text, image and video via Tony & Chelsea Northrup


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