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Printing Questions

 

Let us answer some of your frequently asked questions about photography. If the answer to your question is not here, send us a question at questions@motonet.com and we'll do our best to answer it for you.

 

Q - What resolution digital camera will produce what size photo?

 

Digital Camera Resolution Chart

Resolution

Video Display

Print Size

2x3"

4x5" / 4x6"

5x7"

8x10"

11x14"

16x20"

320x240

Acceptable

Good

Acceptable

Poor

Poor

Poor

Poor

640x480

0.3Megapixel

Good

Excellent

Good

Poor

Poor

Poor

Poor

800x600

Excellent

Photo Quality

Very Good

Acceptable

Poor

Poor

Poor

1024x768

Excellent

Photo Quality

Excellent

Good

Acceptable

Poor

Poor

1280x960

1 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

Good

Poor

Poor

1536x1180

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Very Good

Acceptable

poor

1600x1200

2 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

Acceptable

Acceptable

2048x1536

3 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Good

Acceptable

2240x1680

4 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Very Good

Good

2560x1920

5 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

Very Good

3032x2008 

6 Megapixel

Excellent

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Photo Quality

Excellent

 

Poor

Noticeably Grainy (pixelated)

Acceptable

Obviously not a real photo, but some details are visible

Good

Can tell it is not a photo but most details are discernable

Very Good

Can tell it is not a photo at normal distance, but good enough for many uses

Excellent

Difficult to tell from real photo at normal viewing distance

Photo Quality

On a photo-quality printer, the human eye should not be able to tell the difference at a normal viewing distance

 

 

Q - What is fill flash and when should I use it?

A - Most point and shoot cameras have a fill flash feature that can be useful for filling in shadows on your subject under certain situations. For example, when the light source is behind your subject or when another object like a hat, casts a shadow on your subject's face, consider using fill flash to lighten these shadows and capture the detail.

 

Q - What is the best way to go about composing a shot?

A - For more interesting and dynamic photos, use the "rule of thirds" to frame your snapshots. To take advantage of this composition technique, place the main subject of your shot slightly to the right or left of the center in your viewfinder before snapping your shot. Composing shots in this manner captures a sense of movement in your photographs.

 

Q - What distance should I keep between my point and shoot camera and the subject when shooting with a flash?

A - The flash on most point and shoot cameras works best when the flash is six to twelve feet away from the subject. Shooting too close can lead to over exposure and shooting too far away can cause your shot to be under exposed. To get the best results, consult your camera's instruction booklet.

 

Q - How can I take better group shots?

A - A common mistake made by many new photographers is to take group shots of people who are fifteen or more feet away. You'll get better photos by closing in on your subjects with a tighter shot.

 

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