Dec 232013

I have been frustrated for a long while that my photo thumbnails do not show up when displayed in Windows Explorer under Windows 7. I have lived with it thinking I had searched for an answer but recently ran across a solution that seemed so simple and I could not remember trying it.

Windows 7 Displaying icons rather than thumbnails

Windows 7 Displaying icons rather than thumbnails

I found out all I had to do was go into windows explorer (where you browse files) and click “Organize” at top of screen then select “Folder and Search Options.” Under the “View” tab (second one up top) look in the advanced settings section. The very first line should be “Always show icons, never thumbnails.” Mine was checked. All I had to do was un-check it and hit “Apply.” Voila. Thumbnails.

Now to figure out how to get my Canon .CR2 RAW images to show up as thumbnails.

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Jun 112012

Manual for the Canon 60D

A mystery solved. Filenames on Canon EOS cameras, like the T2i, 60D, 7D, etc all use the pattern IMG_xxxx.JPG or IMG_xxxx.CR2. One day I noticed all the filenames on my Canon T2i started with an underscore replacing the ‘I’, so they started with ‘_MG_xxxx’. I didn’t know what I had done but wasn’t worried cause it helped distinguish them from the photos from my Canon 60D.

Today I found the answer while browsing the user’s manual for my camera (oh the horror!).

If the image is captured with the color space set to Adobe RGB, the file name will start with “_MG_” (first character is an underscore).
Yep, I had changed the color space on my camera to Adobe RGB from the default sRGB one night and forgot. Since I shoot almost exclusively RAW, and color space only affects JPG images, I never noticed the difference.

For now I will go back and set it the sRGB. I know Adobe RGB is ‘better’ quality but not all browsers are smart enough to display Adobe RGB files correctly, and the only reason I would shoot JPG is so that I don’t have to process the image.

Hope this helps someone else’s quandary!