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final file size

Working on my senior portraits from Sunday and am curious, if you give your clients a CD, what is your average final file size (MB) for each photo?

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I give them the largest size, and best quality that I can. They range from about 3-6MB usually (I believe).

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Most of my client portrait files are about 10 MB. Most are actually larger and a few that have large crops are smaller.

For headshots I reduce the file size to about 5 MB so that I can fit all 300-400 JPEGS on the disk. Besides, headshots only need to be printable up to 8x10.

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I give them the original file edited. I don't change anything on the size. I also crop it for them at 4x6, 5x7, & 8x10.

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Wow Sadie....you give them all those crops? Good for you. I'm far too lazy.

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I had thought about doing that for them, Sadie, but in the end, I decided against it. In my print release, I tell them to pay very close attention to the crops, and if they need help, to contact me and I will crop it for them. Most of what I give them is pretty centered, unfortunately, to avoid weird crops.

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Hum....wondering if maybe I should quit. Guess I have been a bit too nice?! LOL!

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Thanks everyone! I thought my file sizes were pretty big, ranging from about 4MB (after cropping or converting) to some being as much as 8-9 MB. I like to keep them at highest quality possible too.

In my limited experience I have provided some pre-cropped versions for people too, particularly if I know that my crop would be better/improve the shot than if the person (or wherever they are printing it) tries to crop it.