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Old 10-09-2005, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How large can you get good quality prints from digitals? Do you need to go through Genuine fractals?

I have a job coming up where I'll need to get 16x20 and larger 30" to 42" wide prints to display on the company walls and I was going to try and avoid using film. I'll have access to a Nikon D70S and a Nikon D1X. I'll also have the option to rent a camera if I need to but would like to avoid the extra expense. Shots will be around the company of interior and exterior, banquet room set ups, landscapes, people, etc.

I haven't had the need to print large format from digital so far but I'd like to go digital for this job since the shots will be used for other media besides the wall prints.
Any experience/advise will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There is a photolab that I go to that has a couple of sample Epson ink jet prints that are about 48 inches in the long direction that were shot with digital cameras. They turned out very good. I've had a few 10x15 prints made from the Fuji Fronteer that look as good as 8x12 prints.

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Before digital came along, people used to get into arguments/fistfights over the question of how big 35mm negs could be enlarged. Some swore tht after an 8x10 enlargement the image began to degrade, while others routinely made 16x20 and 30x40 blow ups and sometimes larger blow ups. The correct answer of course was there is no correct answer. Too much depended on camera handling technique, lens quality used and other variables.

The same is now true with digital enlargements. While I'm not familiar with Nikon at all, I've made many 16x20 enlargements from my Canon 10D, with its six megapixel sensor and without using Genuine Fractals. I recently made several 20x40 enlargements with the use of Digital Fractals. Certainly all of my shots will not blow up that large, like 35mm, too much depends on camera handling technique and PhotoShop skills and the quality of the individual shots.

My suggestion would be to do a test. Select some images, enlarge them to the size you need, then pick a central portion of the image and make an 8x10 test print. That will pretty much show you the quality you should expect. Knowing your shots will be going that large, I would certainly plan to use a tripod and cable release and make certain exposure is as perfect as possible. Genuine Fractals would certainly help!
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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How large can you get good quality prints from digitals? Do you need to go through Genuine fractals?

I have a job coming up where I'll need to get 16x20 and larger 30" to 42" wide prints to display on the company walls and I was going to try and avoid using film. I'll have access to a Nikon D70S and a Nikon D1X. I'll also have the option to rent a camera if I need to but would like to avoid the extra expense. Shots will be around the company of interior and exterior, banquet room set ups, landscapes, people, etc.

I haven't had the need to print large format from digital so far but I'd like to go digital for this job since the shots will be used for other media besides the wall prints.
Any experience/advise will be greatly appreciated.

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I have billboards around Milwaukee right now from the 20D..

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You can make a print as large as you want with digital if you do it right. Take your original image, in Photoshop, go to image, image size, then change the measurement at document size to percent, instead of inches in the size column it will read 100, change this to 110.
This increases the size 10% at a time, continue to do this until you get the size you want, there is very little loss this way. This takes some time, but it works well.

Personally, I change the resolution to what I want prior to starting the increase. I typically use a resolution of 125. I know this seems low, however, we have a Mamaki 60" wide format printer, (which actually has Epson printer head) the software actually increases the resolution of the image when it goes to print. Using 300 res files seems to produce a lot of bleeding in the final image, it also takes forever to rip.

I don't don't know how this works with other Epson large format printers, this procedure works best for ours. I make a lot of 48" and 60" prints this way.

There's my two cents worth.

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Thanks Doug, I'll try the 8x10 test.
Film I've never had any problems going 16x20, 30x40 and keep the quality.
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Old 10-09-2005, 12:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Bill for the res tip. I was thinking about going with 150 but I'll check with the printer I'll be using and run some tests.
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I have billboards around Milwaukee right now from the 20D..

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What res are you setting the files too when you go that big? I don't need billboard but I'd like good quality poster size. I would guess you're shooting RAW for those?
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Actually, I turned over a tif file to the client, and they turned it over to their people, and next thing you know,...it appears on a billboard..

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While I am still a film shooter, I do work a lot with digital. I scanned in a 5x7 and blew it up using Photoshop to 18x24 with ease and one big resizing. I will say this, I had two made from the same original. One I saved as an .eps file and the other a .jpg. Guess which one came out looking bad with lots of noise and the colors were off and which one came out looking like a champ. The jpeg looked bad while the eps came out looking like a million bucks. So the file type that you use to save it as has a lot to do with it when you go to a larger size. I personally recommend using an eps file type, and a pdf works almost as good. Good luck good sir!

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