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How large would you go???
Old 01-22-2003, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How large can a print be made and still have acceptable quality. I am using a Canon D60 on Large Smooth (high quality) and RAW. One guy at the local lab said that he would not go larger than 8x10 with a digital camera, then showed me a photo that was taken with the image quality of a $24.95 Wal-Mart special [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]. He has never used a D60, and does not shoot digital. This lab really does great work, I have taken lots of wedding photos there to be developed. I just thought that I would ask the experts here. I think that one of the best things I have done in a long time is join this website.
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With properly prepared file......
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....you can go to 20x30 or larger, if needed. Quality is no longer a big issue, with digital. However, color problems are still very much in evidence, when making prints, so you might try a small print from the file, then the larger print, once you determine you don't have color problems.
 
 
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Try Ofoto.com. You can get up to 20 x 30 prints that of great quality.

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Rule of thumb for maximum print sizes.
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NOT only is it the amount of usable pixels that determine the maximum print size, but it is also the ASPECT RATIO of those pixels that determine the size.

A camera with a 3:2 aspect ratio can fully utilize 4x6, 8x12, and 20x30 inch print sizes.

A two mpx camera with a 3:2 ratio can do up to an 8x10 (8x12). Otherwise 5x7 is typically the highest.

Three mpx can go up to 11x14, or 8x10 if using other aspect ratio.

4mpx can go 20x30 (11x14 if other aspect ratio).

Most 5 or 6 mpx cameras and some 4mpx cameras will be able to sustain photo quality prints at the 20x30" size, and I do have the 20"x30" print from a 4mpx camera that proves it (from ofoto.com)

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As big as you want....
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I had no reservations about shooting a billboard with the Nikon D1X.

What really matters is the viewing distance. An image is generally supposed to be viewed from 2 to 3 times the diagonal of the image. A 20x30 whould be viewed from 6 feet away.... not right up to you nose.

 
 
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Acceptable quality is also relative to the subject on the picture, regardless of the mode in which you are using the camera, if the picture is a closeup you can probably go very large on the other hand if you are doing a group of 60 people you may want to stay within the 11x14 range, larger than that your image will start to lose details on the faces, my experience anyway.

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I would like to thank Everybody who took time to read this post and respond to it. My wife was designing photo packages last night and she was not sure how large a photo we could include, as until last month, we did EVERYTHING with 35mm. I told her that I would post here and have tons of info in a few hours...Thanks for the help, and thank you RG for the website!

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I am a Canon D60 user. I can print up to 11x14 without any problem.
I use PS first to make the interpolation at a resolution of 300dpi.

Many people on this forum mentionned a software that does marvel in blowing up digital pictures

Fractal Stuff


I never tried it but I will certainly do. Like I said I am a D60 Canon user and I bougth 2 of these babies.
Apparently the D60 was a marketing experiment from Canon (like they did with the nice defunct Canon RT). They plan to start selling the D90 soon.

I certainly don't want to renew my system every year and plan to use this one for 5 years.

Whith all computers (cameras) equipment, when one finds something that works; just stick to it...


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