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    Any advice on how to resize many photos on a camera or computer at the same time?

    I have a Canon EOS 600D. The pics are 5 Mb or bigger. I know how to resize them individually on a laptop using Paint and saving to a JPG format.

    I have a smallholding with over 600 olive trees and need to photograph each olive tree before spring and monthly to enter on each individual tree's history sheet. Editing each pic individually will be a bigger schlep than I'm prepared to take on.

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    I use PhotoScape free edition, it has a batch option.

    If you are a Windows user there should be many other options, possibly even something native to Windows 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    Any advice on how to resize many photos on a camera or computer at the same time?

    I have a Canon EOS 600D. The pics are 5 Mb or bigger. I know how to resize them individually on a laptop using Paint and saving to a JPG format.

    I have a smallholding with over 600 olive trees and need to photograph each olive tree before spring and monthly to enter on each individual tree's history sheet. Editing each pic individually will be a bigger schlep than I'm prepared to take on.
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    This.

    It has poweful re-naming features as well.
    I rename my pics to have the date in front of the name - makes sorting easy.
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    Have a look at Advanced Jpeg Compressor. You can do a free download and then upgrade if you need more features. I've used it successfully for many years to resize and add data to the photos I've put on social media for sale.
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    Thanks to all for your suggestions. I'll try them out and see which fits best. The ability to edit text onto them as suggested will be a great help.

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    I often use Outlook (email) to resize photos. Select the photos and right click and send to email recipient. It then ask whether you want to resize. Select your choice and once the email pops up, copy the resized files in the email to a new folder. Discard the email.

    I am not too sure what the limit on the number of photos you can attach to one email is.
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    A way to get around renaming them all to be able to locate an individual tree is to have a fixed pattern of shooting the trees and to reset the file count on the camera before each shoot. So pic number 55 will always be tree 55 etc no matter what year it was taken.

    A failsafe is to also have a DIY paper card or similar with the number on every 20th tree or whatever is appropriate.

    Make double sure that the resizing software does not remove any Exif data (image metadata that the camera adds to each pic) from the pics when resizing them. The Exif data has saved me more than a few times when image filenames got messed up, it stores the date and time and even geolocation that the image was taken, so you always have a record of which image it is in a sequence.

    Another interesting option is to record a GPS log using a GPS or even an app on your phone, you export that GPS track/log and then many image software can import the log and assign the location via the timestamp on each photo, just ensure the time on the camera is spot on before taking the pics. Although that can also be corrected after the fact if you know by how much time it was out by. Then you will have an image with the geolocation built-in.

    An even easier solution is to use a camera with built in GPS or even a high end smartphone which have amazing cameras these days, that will write the geolocation directly into the Exif data.

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    Thanks GerritS. I don't use any MS Office products. I use free open source products. Textmaker has the look, feel and functionality of MS Word and saves in docx format. It's relatives Planmaker and Presentations do what Excel and Powerpoint do in the same formats. They read and can write to MS Office products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    Thanks to all for your suggestions. I'll try them out and see which fits best. The ability to edit text onto them as suggested will be a great help.
    The good thing with Jpeg Compressor is that the added text is not a layer that can be removed like in most other programs. This is great when adding words like "sample" and copyright details to a photo.
    The batch processing is very easy to use and I create a separate file for the compressed photos to be stored in and add a letter "c" to the end of the photo name.
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    +1 for Irfanview. It is probably the only app I miss from the Windows world. Bulk rename and resize functions (even combined) are very good and somehow it doesn't struggle with large file sizes when browsing through your photos. The thumbnail viewer is also great.
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    I second! Free, easy and works like a charm!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanB View Post
    +1 for Irfanview. It is probably the only app I miss from the Windows world. Bulk rename and resize functions (even combined) are very good and somehow it doesn't struggle with large file sizes when browsing through your photos. The thumbnail viewer is also great.
    What OS are you using then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    I second! Free, easy and works like a charm!
    And you can easily rename to your tree numbers from a know sequence of photos as renaming support wildcards.
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    Setting up the camera to only save images at the quality you require would surely be easiest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coltmaster View Post
    Setting up the camera to only save images at the quality you require would surely be easiest?

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    Thanks for this Coltmaster. That would be much better IMO. Now I just have to figure out how to do it - and remember how I did it to get the original settings back. This is the fear and frustration I have with all electronic gadgets - not knowing what I did and how to reset it.

    I downloaded Irfanview and tried it out superficially. The huge menu's, experts jargon and acronyms used are intimidating though.

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    Don't give up on IrfanView (or similar). It might take an few minutes to figure out how a function works, but it is very easy once you mastered it.
    Using an EOS 600 to take low res photos is like driving your 4x4 to the mall

    What software do you use for your tree database? MS Office's applications have very good built-in functionality to compress all picture is a document.
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