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Beauty by Blank Slate

Posts: 25

Houston, Texas, US

I have started offering post production editing services and have a client who wants to send a large number (500+) of RAW images to me for editing and culling in LR - basic adjustments.

What is the best program for her to send the large number of RAW files to me for editing?  I normally recommend drop box however she doesn't think she can send this many.

What do you all use to receive and send client files other than drop box?  I will be keeping files in RAW format when sending back.  Is there another format I need to use?

Any help is greatly appreciated smile

Jan 06 13 08:59 pm Link

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Kev Lawson

Posts: 7907

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Blank Slate Photography wrote:
I have started offering post production editing services and have a client who wants to send a large number (500+) of RAW images to me for editing and culling in LR - basic adjustments.

What is the best program for her to send the large number of RAW files to me for editing?  I normally recommend drop box however she doesn't think she can send this many.

What do you all use to receive and send client files other than drop box?  I will be keeping files in RAW format when sending back.  Is there another format I need to use?

Any help is greatly appreciated smile

I have dedicated servers, so I just set up FTP accounts for uploads and downloads (not retouching - but for other needs). Not sure what others use, but I seem to hear most people say dropbox.

Maybe it would be cost effective to set up a hosting account somewhere where you would be able to set up individual FTP accounts for clients.

Jan 06 13 09:02 pm Link

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Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

FTP server might be a good choice but 500 + of RAW's. Is this wedding retouching or something like that?

If so and he absolutely has to sending it online, I would maybe suggest to send Hi-Res JPEG's and the critical ones as RAW's. Or better yet to the new losssy DNG format. Better than JPEG and much smaller than RAW. Depending on what kind of work needs to be done it could be good option.

Or even better way if he is in the same country, would be to send it via post office as package. You said 500 + RAW's, so that is what aprox 10 MB x 500 = 5000 MB or 5 GB. That can be send by two DVD's for a day or two. Also if he converts them to (lossless) DNG, he might get 30% smaller files all together. Fits to one DVD.

So lets say that what 3.5 or 4 GB. You can send that over FTP server or use two DropBox accounts depending on how much storage you have or you can use something like DropBox maybe GoogleDrive, it can get you 5 GB for free.

Also I like to use https://www.filemail.com/ free large mail service. It offers sending up to 2 GB for free. Maybe send two emails than.

Jan 06 13 09:11 pm Link

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Beauty by Blank Slate

Posts: 25

Houston, Texas, US

Yes, it's wedding wink  I have absolutely no clue on how to set up an FTP account but thinking burning to a DVD will probably be the best bet then.  I've only got 5GBs avail on drop box.

Jan 06 13 09:37 pm Link

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Kev Lawson

Posts: 7907

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Get a 16gb thumb drive, or have her get one. I think I paid $39 for this last one. Mail it back and forth.

Jan 06 13 09:39 pm Link

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Beauty by Blank Slate

Posts: 25

Houston, Texas, US

Could someone tell me what and how XMP delivery works?

Jan 06 13 09:57 pm Link

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365 Digitals Exposed

Posts: 757

Perris, California, US

UltimateAppeal wrote:
Get a 16gb thumb drive, or have her get one. I think I paid $39 for this last one. Mail it back and forth.

Like.

Jan 06 13 11:16 pm Link

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RacerXPhoto

Posts: 2470

Brooklyn, New York, US

For a low tech client best bet is Physical media and Express shipping
16GB pen drives can be had for $10 or less
32GB under $20
Dual Layer DVD can hold 8GB

Jan 06 13 11:33 pm Link

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Ezhini

Posts: 1601

Wichita, Kansas, US

UltimateAppeal wrote:
Get a 16gb thumb drive, or have her get one. I think I paid $39 for this last one. Mail it back and forth.

+1

Jan 08 13 07:27 am Link

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terrysphotocountry

Posts: 4152

Rochester, New York, US

https://www.dropbox.com/ They just need to buy the larger option.

Jan 08 13 08:05 am Link

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richy01

Posts: 153

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Try wetransfer.com, 2 GB per upload, unlimited uploads free of charge.
i use it for a few years and with great satisfaction.
The risk with USBsticks is...not readable or virusses.

Jan 08 13 08:13 am Link

Photographer

JweijPhoto

Posts: 1

Korendijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

+1 we transfer works great

Jan 08 13 08:18 am Link

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Pantelis Palios

Posts: 252

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

https://www.wetransfer.com

Let's you upload 2MB so you may have to do it three times?

It takes a while to upload but it doesn't cost anything. They send an email to who you want to with a link which others have had no problems downloading.

PS. The two posts above me sneaked in while I was writing this post

Jan 08 13 11:06 am Link

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Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21384

New York, New York, US

I'm doing video editing and color grading for a project being shot on the west coast.  Terabytes of data.  We just ship a hard drive back and forth making sure there are backups along the way.

Jan 08 13 12:12 pm Link

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Mask Photo

Posts: 1404

Fremont, California, US

You can set up your home computer as an FTP server so you can give them the link and they can pull down the files themself. This way, you don't have to muck about with uploading to a 3rd party server and then downloading. Cuuts the transfer time in half, effectively.

Jan 12 13 09:14 pm Link