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Digital is good enough

December 14, 2005 | Comments (0)

I’m now convinced that digital is good enough compared with film! I own a 5mpix camera and never printed bigger then 10x15cm. The results were always fine. However I thought the limit would be A4 paper format to get good enough resolution. Five million pixels at 300 dpi would only cover 16 x 21 cm according to photoshop. I took the plunge and send a photo for really large format of 70 x 100 cm (40 x 28 inch) and it went really well. At 150dpi this requires 6000x4000 pixels and the company printing the photo on canvas did this really well. Although you can see it is digital from a near distance, from a meter it is a good sharp print. Assume you would take a photo with a Nikon D2x or Canon 1Ds then its really easy to double the print size without any quality issues.

5mpix photo at 100 x 70 cm
100 x 70cm Nikon Coolpix 5700 5 mpix.




Using Photoshop to resize and/or crop the image, and using the "bicubic" interpolation method, I can regularly make an 8x10in image from roughly 20% of a 5MP file and get an excellent quality print.

I've never tried anything so large as the one you did, however, I've seen what a friend has done with a D100, and it's gorgeous.

At the TV station where I work part time, we have one set that includes a backlit digital landscape photograph. The image on the set is a whopping 4x8 feet (yes, 48" x 96") from a 6.1MP original file. Once you move more than about 3 feet from the set piece, you're hard pressed to tell how the image was made.

Digital has certainly "arrived." I'm working on the photography for a coffee table book right now, and I'm shooting 100% digital, using an 8MP Konica-Minolta DiMAGE A2. The proofs I've seen so far are stunning.

Posted by: :) Geren at December 14, 2005 9:22 PM

BTW, your office is disgustingly neat! :)

Posted by: :) Geren at December 14, 2005 9:23 PM

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