With the invention of digital cameras film quickly became obsolete and an explosion of amateur photographers were born overnight, myself included. With the need to pay for film or developing no longer an issue, many of us took, and still take, full advantage of our new freedom by taking picture after picture without one thought as to what we may do with it. Sharing them is also costless, and how many of us even print them out anymore? However, all these pictures will cost us in other ways, like our hard drive space.

These photo files are so large that next to music and eBooks they take up the most room on your Mac’s hard drive. What do we do then? We buy external drives or storage to hold them, making our pictures no longer free. So what should we do? There are many alternatives fix this storage problem, some of which include storing them online with sites like Flickr or Picasa. But an even better way is by compressing them with JPEG compression software like JPEGmini. This is because you’ll not only save valuable hard drive space, you’ll also be able to share your pictures easier and faster.

Why Compress Your Images?

Compressing your images is your one step process to clearing up space on your Mac’s hard drive and sharing pictures effortlessly. Compressing your pictures is very important if you’re anything like the rest of us who have a lot of photos on your Mac. These photos take up a ton of space on your hard drive and start to slow down your processing speed. Worse yet it is limiting you on your storage space for other information.

This is why digital compression is a great way to free up space on your hard drive and still keep all of your precious photos. Once you have compressed your files you will immediately have more storage space, which will give you an instant improvement in your Mac’s speed and processing abilities.

There’s another great reason to compress your images though. How many times have you wanted to email your photos to a loved one and you get the ‘time-out’ error message? Or, what about trying to upload a picture to your Facebook or other social network account and it tells you that your file is too large. This has happened to all of us at one time or another and it can be frustrating. With digital compression, however, you can attach, send and upload photos to the internet with faster loading times, no “time-out” errors, and no more “this file is too large” messages.

Keep the Quality & Reduce Your Photo’s Size: It’s Like Magic!

It is impressive. Being able to shrink a photo, squeezing it into a tinier size and yet when you open it back up it’s perfect again. How’d they do that? It’s done with digital compression, which is just a fancy tech way to say that you are making an image smaller, or compressed. Why does it need to be smaller? It has too much information on it.

When we take a photo with a digital camera, the camera will pick up more than the human eye can even see. Digital compression can delete some of the information taken by the camera and still leave the photo in perfect condition to the human eye. This is called redundancy reduction.

Digital compression will also remove repeated colors in an image. This process is called irrelevance reduction. Some images will have large areas where the colors that are the same, which is just not needed. This is where our friend, digital compression, comes into play once again. Because once compressed, these files are removed which makes the photo’s information or data, smaller. Yet, with the right software to compress it, it leaves the photo in perfect condition.

Digital compression can be a complicated science, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s due to the many technological advances and the genius minds that work in these areas. You can now just use an application or software program like JPEGmini to do the hard stuff for you. Using this program to compress your images will give you a non-technical introduction on how to compress the photos without your having to know the process inside and out.

It’s Best to Save your Photos in JPEG Format & Even Better in JPEGmini Format

As you may or may not know, the most common image format for cameras, printing, scanning, photo programs and the internet is JPEG.  So if you compress your photo, the best and most logical way is to compress it as a JPEG file. To do this though you will need software. The software you get should shrink the pictures, cut the redundancy and irrelevance reduction (all the extra junk that you don’t see in your pictures and don’t need), and yet still keep it high quality and in JPEG format.

There is one that fits the bill, and as an added benefit it’s so easy to use you that anyone can do it. What’s it’s name? Glad you asked, but I was going to tell you. It’s JPEGmini, and I’m not their only fan. Listed by Apple as one of the top 5 photography apps in nearly every major country, JPEGmini is the best application for Mac that fulfills all of the requirements I mentioned above. With the photos being saved as a JPEG file, you can easily share them with loved ones, or on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

50 Melisse Deering


Melisse Deering is a trained Mac expert as well as a passionate Mac user. She quickly realized the significance of Mac’s user friendliness and advanced features, motivating her to become an avid user and sequentially an expert.