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Old 03-18-2006, 02:47 PM   #1  
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Question Digital photography question!

I'm terrible at this tech stuff and need to know what is considered a "high resolution" photo.

Can someone define/explain this for me?

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High resolution photo is gonna have more pixals per inch of the photo/scan so it will be more clear and better when you blow it up. The less the pixals the less the quality or resolution. As per what is high vs low I am not sure what number is the cut off. Wish I could be more help!
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Julie: When I first saw your question, I was thinking in the terms of megapixels. Where as a 2 megapixel camera will generate pictures that are great for uploading to the web, but not good if you are into cropping photos and maintaining the image. 5 megapixels are great for zooming and cropping your photos without losing your image (otherwise becoming grainy). 6+ megapixels are great for larger photos 8x10, 11x14 and plus have the ability to crop, etc. and not loose the image. With all of these higher megapixels, they can be resized to a lower resolution in order to upload. I take pictures at 6 megapixel, but resize in windows software to upload to this site. Here's a link that explains the difference but I found it confusing but interesting:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...s-demyst.shtml
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Aaaaah, thank you! I see. So, my Nikon CoolPix, if set to 3 MP will not be able to take what would be considered "high resolution" photos?
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No probably not -- what is the highest megapixel that it will take?
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Only 3 . . .
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A 3 megapixel camera would print an OK 8x10 if it's a nice, well lit shot. It will print a nice 4x6 or even 5x7. What are you trying to do with your shots?
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Oh I feel your pain! I think my first digital camera was a 2 meg and I am one of those that shoot and click and then crop and clean it up. I would get so frustrated because I had some great photos but needed to get rid of all the *extra junk* around my focal point. I would crop, blow up and then someone's nose would cover their whole face -- just horrid! So I finally went and got a new Kodak a year or so ago and just love it. Daughter #2 had big formal dance a few weeks ago and taking pictures of her and BF got the front door, the ceiling, her shoes lying on the floor under table, I got it all. Luckily I was able to crop all the extra garbage out and actually came away with a good close up. If only they had smiled!
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well i guess I should have asked that too -- what are you trying to do?
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I just wanted to know what it means. I feel very tech stupid sometimes, and when I see or hear things like "high resolution", I wondered whether or not my camera could take anything like that.

I'm on the brink of getting into digital scrapbooking, but I don't understand a lot of computer side of photo editing, UKWIM?

So, here's my next stupid question:

Let's say I took some photos at 3MP and wanted to upload them to an online photo processing place for developing/printing. What kind of quality would I get, if I wanted 5x7 prints? Do I have to do anything to the photos prior to uploading them to their service?
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Let's say I took some photos at 3MP and wanted to upload them to an online photo processing place for developing/printing. What kind of quality would I get, if I wanted 5x7 prints? Do I have to do anything to the photos prior to uploading them to their service?
Depends on who you take them too each developer is different! I am very picky with my pics so I always size them to the size I want them printed that way I can crop them the way I want! MOST developers will crop and size them for you but may cut out something you didn't want cut out.... BUT unless you are really picky just take the memory card to costco put it in the machine and let it do everything for you!
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Sorry can't help you there. I print my own which is one reason I have a kodak, because of the easyshare printer. It gives me lab quality 4x6 and wallet photos. If I need anything larger I print to my home printer. I would think though, that you will be fine as long as you are not cropping photos.
2ittleboys is right about the quality you will get, as long as you are not manipulating the photos, just shooting and printing.
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Julie, if you shoot on the highest file size setting on your camera you will have no problem getting a good 5x7 from the image file.

A high-res image is a file with dpi equal to or higher than 300dpi (dpi = dots per inch). Printers think in dpi so the more dpi a file has, the better your print quality at larger sizes.

Your images will be fine for 5x7.

8x10 would be pushing it without any photo editing, but an 8x10 may certainly be possible with a bit of photoshop tweaking.

To give you a comparison for how to think about dpi, a typical web image is 72 dpi, or lower. If a web image is printed onto paper, it might look *ok* the same size it is viewed online, but if you try to increase the size it will look like a jigsaw puzzle. There just isn't enough data to fill larger areas of space and still maintain image quality.

But, an image file with 300dpi has more data to fill the space per square inch, so your quality stays true at larger print sizes.

Your camera will produce 5x7s ok, but if you want to start cropping your images and increasing only portions of your overall image to 5x7 size, you will run into quality issues.

Best way to find out what your camera is capable of is to put your files to print! They're inexpensive to have printed, and since every camera is a bit different, it would be your best way of learning its boundaries.

Hope this is helpful ...

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OK, let's see if I am following: If I take the photos, and crop them on my computer to 5x7 format on my computer, and then upload them to the photo processing place, will I have then altered the resolution of the photo????
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OK, let's see if I am following: If I take the photos, and crop them on my computer to 5x7 format on my computer, and then upload them to the photo processing place, will I have then altered the resolution of the photo????
Yes. What you are doing by cropping a photo is taking the limited amount of data for a small portion of the image and spreading out that data over a larger space so yes, you would be reducing the resolution.

You're starting with a fairly small data file to begin with and there isn't alot of extra data that can be removed before you start losing quality and clarity.


BUT! If you're only cropping a very small bit around the edges, you'll be ok -- because you're maintaining *most* of the image data with the file.
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Keep in mind the more you crop the more pixels you are taking away. With your camera you're going to want to keep the file sizes as big as you can. For example, if you have a nice picture of your daughter standing in the yard and you decide that you only want a picture of her face you would be cutting too much out because the remaining pixels wouldn't be enough to be blown up to a larger picture. Does that make much sense? But, if you just wanted to crop out the garbage can from the corner of the picture you're going to be ok.

If you have a Costco membership upload your photos to them and try it out. 4x6s are 17 cents and 5x7s are like 35 cents. You wouldn't be wasting a bunch of money trying it out.
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Yeah, what the faster typer said.


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Yes. What you are doing by cropping a photo is taking the limited amount of data for a small portion of the image and spreading out that data over a larger space so yes, you would be reducing the resolution.

You're starting with a fairly small data file to begin with and there isn't alot of extra data that can be removed before you start losing quality and clarity.


BUT! If you're only cropping a very small bit around the edges, you'll be ok -- because you're maintaining *most* of the image data with the file.
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OK!!! I get it now!!!!

Thanks you guys!!!!! yippeeeeeee!!! I get it!!! I get it!!!!
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Keep in mind the more you crop the more pixels you are taking away. With your camera you're going to want to keep the file sizes as big as you can. For example, if you have a nice picture of your daughter standing in the yard and you decide that you only want a picture of her face you would be cutting too much out because the remaining pixels wouldn't be enough to be blown up to a larger picture. Does that make much sense? But, if you just wanted to crop out the garbage can from the corner of the picture you're going to be ok.

If you have a Costco membership upload your photos to them and try it out. 4x6s are 17 cents and 5x7s are like 35 cents. You wouldn't be wasting a bunch of money trying it out.

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Julie, if you shoot on the highest file size setting on your camera you will have no problem getting a good 5x7 from the image file.

A high-res image is a file with dpi equal to or higher than 300dpi (dpi = dots per inch). Printers think in dpi so the more dpi a file has, the better your print quality at larger sizes.

Your images will be fine for 5x7.

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But, an image file with 300dpi has more data to fill the space per square inch, so your quality stays true at larger print sizes.

Your camera will produce 5x7s ok, but if you want to start cropping your images and increasing only portions of your overall image to 5x7 size, you will run into quality issues.

Best way to find out what your camera is capable of is to put your files to print! They're inexpensive to have printed, and since every camera is a bit different, it would be your best way of learning its boundaries.

Hope this is helpful ...

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and if you want supacheap pics... http://www.winkflash.com

I love them!! 99c shipping and GREAT prices!

4 x 6 12¢ each
4 x 5.3 12¢ each
3.25 x 5 12¢ each
5 x 7 29¢ each
5 x 6.6 29¢ each
6 x 8 79¢ each
8 x 10 $1.99 each
8 x 10.6 $1.99 each
10 x 13 $3.39 each

I get the 4x5.3 to toss into cards... they still fit in an SU envelope! LOVE it!
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Just saw this thread, I know that when I upload to Sam's Club they will tell you what size is a recommended size, next to the box to click for the size of the photo.
I ended up printing and uploading a photo that I had cropped and got a size up from what they recommended, it would have been okay had I uploaded the picture upside down; because when they made it fit they ended up cutting the top of our heads a bit, so I think that if I upload it upside down then it would be fine!
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COOL! Thanks to all of you for your help and info!!!
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www.snapfish.com is another digital photo site. I've been very happy with them and they explain everything under the help as to what size the photos need to be when you upload them.
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www.snapfish.com is another digital photo site. I've been very happy with them and they explain everything under the help as to what size the photos need to be when you upload them.
Just now waking up and seeing this thread. SweetMissDaisy is right on with her advice (as were others kind enought to respond). I just wanted to add another shoutout for snapfish... love 'em !!
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