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Photo compression, and why storing at high resolution is not enough

Something that disappointedly me with the new Google photos service is that it doesn't keep your original photos (and is quite sneaky about it)

What it offers is storage of photos up to 16 megapixels. Thats great right? Most phones (and cameras) have less than that. So what's the catch?

The problem is that Google photos compresses your shots using a lossy algorithm, so data is lost. The resolution is not affected, but individual pixels are. See attached image for an extreme example of compression artifacts.

Ever wonder why photos look bad on Facebook? Heavier compression than other sites. And photographers being obsessive about detail, lossy compression, of any kind , is bad.

I'm sure Google photos uses algorithms at a level most users won't mind, but its not really a true backup of your photos. The higher tier does promise to "store your photos and videos exactly as you captured them."..... For a price.

edit: the compression level according to Google engineer +Vincent Mo :
"free storage is 16MP at JPG90, which is higher than the Lightroom default of 75. :)"
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Breathtaking aerial photos of London that you need to see right now...

Truly stunning work from +Vincent Laforet

#london   #visitlondon   #londonphotography   #aerialphotography   #cityscape   #skyline  
These incredible aerial shots show the capital as you've never seen it before.
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AIR London Has Landed | Check this out — probably the most beautiful aerial shots of London ever! 
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Just awesome! Well done guys - Air London is stunning! It is probably the most beautiful aerial shots of London ever!
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I've been traversing the creative industries since the late 80s. My travels have taken me through the worlds of advertising, online marketing, web development, filmmaking, media production and entrepreneurship. Having previously co-founded two start-ups between 2001 and 2005, in 2009 I created the first concepts for EARTH 2.0® and founded Velatropa Films to produce engaging documentaries and interactive media. In 2010 I produced and directed the short film series Earth 2.0: Initialization that marked the beginning of this ambitious undertaking and also serves to convey the innovative look and feel of Earth 2.0’s media output. In 2011 I co-founded Earth 2 Hub™ which brings together leading-edge international creatives, scientists, technologists and futurists to explore how new science, new technology and new thinking could positively impact on the future. I am also the Co-founder/CCO of DMT LAB™, a London based creative agency.

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