Setting your digital camera’s resolution for larger prints

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If you have done any amount of digital photography, you’ve probably toyed around with the idea of setting your digital camera’s resolution for larger prints. You’ve imagined great big family portraits, taken with  your own digital camera, hanging from your wall. The good news is that, not only is it possible to set your digital camera’s resolution for larger prints like this, it’s a relatively simple process. There are just a few simple things you need to know ahead of time.

The first thing you need to do is know a little bit about your camera. If you want to set your digital camera’s resolution for larger prints, you need to know what the camera is capable of. The more Megapixels your camera has, the larger print you can produce.

A 1 Megapixel camera can produce a good picture that’s about 4 inches by 5.3 inches. In contrast, a 4 Megapixel camera should be able to produce a picture that’s 7.1 inches by 9.5 inches. At the high end, an 8 Megapixel camera can produce a picture that’s 10.2 inches by 13.6 inches. These aren’t hard and fast measurements, but they do give you a general idea.

Now, you need to understand something else if you want to set your digital camera’s resolution for larger prints. The resolution of your digital camera is only one part of the equation. For larger prints, you need to have a printer that is capable of producing those larger prints. Not only does the printer have to accept larger photo paper, the printer needs to support a larger number of dots per inch, also known as DPI.

At a minimum, you should have a printer that will print 240 dots per inch. If you have access to a more powerful printer that can print 300 dots per inch or more, you are going to have better luck printing those larger prints.

If your printer won’t support larger print sizes, you can set your digital camera’s resolution for larger prints all you want and those larger prints still aren’t going to come out looking good at all.

Finally, you need to think about your photo composition as well. If you take a photograph that has to be cropped too much, you’re going to actually reduce the resolution of the print you’re trying to make. Do your best during the photo taking process to make sure you use as much of the print area as possible for your photo. This part of the process is the most difficult, and it is the thing that is going to take you the most time and practice.

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