The difference between the photos app and iCloud

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Riderzzz, May 15, 2015.

  1. Riderzzz macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2012
    I uploaded my photos/video (80 GB) library last week and everything is available on iPad iPhone and Mac.
    Those photos came from different cameras, including my nikon camera.
    What I am trying to understand is how to reach the originals who are uploaded to the cloud.
    My mac settings are to download all originals to the mac. but when i drag a photo to the desktop for example (in the Photos app) my photo goes from original 8 Mb to approx. 2 Mb.
    If i now log on to iCloud with safari and go to the same photo and download it to my mac its the original 8 Mb.

    How do i reach photos in original size/resolution from the photos app?
  2. kylemc macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2009
    Just dragging the photo to the desktop will default to a compressed jpeg. To get the original file select your photo and File->Export->Export Unmodified Original.
  3. Riderzzz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2012
    Funny part is that i tried this and i got even more confused.
    I'll try it with 1 example:

    I upload a jpeg, 8MB from my nikon camera to the iCloud through the photos app.
    Now i have this situation:

    downloading directly from iCloud: 8MB jpeg (=original)
    Dragging from photos app to desktop: 2MB
    exporting (unmodified) through the photos app with max settings: 10 MB
    exporting with High settings (unmodified) through photos app: 2MB

    I don't get that whatever i do in the photos app, i can't get it to hit the original size. It just need to change it.
    Isn't there a way to download the file, unmodified, just the same file, same quality, untouched....

    Thanks for the help btw!

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