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A photographer took photos at our daughters wedding. he sent us a photo cd which has 4 portraits per file. the file size is about 700kb. you then crop off 1/4 of the photo to get 1 photo. now to my understanding this is a small file size and a small photo size. the resultant photos are BEAUTIFUL and print 8x10 plus perfectly.

Can anyone explain how these small files look so great, even at 150% ? thanks in advance...

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This is because DSLR camera has large sensor.When file gets compressed in right software it still look amazing.http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #1

4 portraits per file? Thats a fairly unusual packaging scheme. What is the size (heightxwidth) of the image?.

But SLR cameras are not all about max resolution (heck many point and shoot cameras are 10mp +). Its the clean image, good lighting, good technique, large sensor and small (or control over) DOF which make great portraits.

F20 mike wrote:.

A photographer took photos at our daughters wedding. he sent us aphoto cd which has 4 portraits per file. the file size is about700kb. you then crop off 1/4 of the photo to get 1 photo. now to myunderstanding this is a small file size and a small photo size. theresultant photos are BEAUTIFUL and print 8x10 plus perfectly.obviously I don't understand dslr quality, or file size, orcompression. can anyone explain how these small files look so great,even at 150% ? thanks in advance...

Comment #2

To clarify, are you printing those 8*10's?.

That's basically a 10MP image so divide it by 4 and you're at 2.5MP which is not enough for a steller 8*10..

F20 mike wrote:.

2848 x 3728. divided by 4 photos..

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Comment #3

Hi,.

Well, each quarter is about 1864 x 1424 and, although an exhibition quality print would need about 300 pixel per inch, for everyday stuff 150 pp is OK for most and, obviously, 200ppi is better. I make that about 12" by 9" at 150ppi so 10" x 8" seems reasonable..

Trouble is, deciding what's a good print is not a matter of doing sums; it's more a question of pleasure or impact....

Regards, David..

Comment #4

You could always ask the photographer for higher resolution versions. Say you want to make enlargements. I'm not sure why he wouldn't let you have them.Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #5

The photograph probably sent them in lower resolution for approval, and will send them at full resolution when he get paid or something like that..

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/thesorus/..

Comment #6

Thesorus wrote:.

The photograph probably sent them in lower resolution for approval,and will send them at full resolution when he get paid or somethinglike that..

I agree with this..

It is likely the photographer wants you to order prints from them and for that they will use the full file of the image..

Mark_A..

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