Size of Images
Heyho everybody,.

Being new to the whole Digital SRL business, I have one Beginner question concerningthe size of my images..

When I got my Nikon D40x, I just used the standart settings for imagesize, and so I got realy huge pictures. (3800px x 2500px).

But it's kind of hard to edit them in Photoshop CS3, cause I only can see them at 15% zoom or so..

So my question is if it is normal to handel with these big images or if I should/can change my camera settings..

Thx sauberfred.

P.s.: If I'm asking complet nonsenes, please say so and I will go back playing in my sandbox...

Comments (7)

1. keep shooting large full resolution.

2. ask the computer to zoom out to fit the full image when you want to see the full image.

3. nevermind anything about DPI, just continue thinking about your image as being 3000x2000 pixels or whatever [ you didn't mention it, which is good ].

4. delete only those images that are so bad you can't recognize anything.

Why keep all that extra resolution? Images will look better if/when you print them. You can also chop the image down to items of interest, such as a single person's face from a group photo, if desired. If you just shoot in lower resolution modes, you have less flexibility. Also, once you delete an image, it's gone: even a poorly lit copy of Old Grammy Bess might be better than nothing, so don't be in a rush to delete..

Memory is cheap, disk space is cheap..

[ e d @ h a l l e yc c ]

Comment #1

Thx for your quick answer, you really help me to stop thinking I'm the only one, shooting huge pictures. .


P.s.: Beautiful pictures you have there on your homepage!..

Comment #2

How big are you printing? I typically shoot at 1504x1000 and I use fine instead of extra fine. I have gotten great results with 8x10's. Some advantages of using smaller resolution and lower quality settings are; smaller file size, both camera and computer process them faster, easier to work with in photo editor software..

If you don't have high end equipment it can make or break your experience. Getting more pictures on a memory card and being able to shoot more fps (frames per second) will let you experment and shoot more which will increase your learning as well as result in more good or great shots. Back on the PC, transfering them is faster as is opening them. It also makes them easier to work with....

If you need the size and quality for printing poster size prints it's available, if you have the hardware to comfortibly support the larger sizes go for it. The choice is yours to make....Dennis..

Comment #3

Sauberfred wrote:.

Heyho everybody,.

Being new to the whole Digital SRL business, I have one Beginnerquestion concerningthe size of my images.When I got my Nikon D40x, I just used the standart settings forimagesize, and so I got realy huge pictures. (3800px x 2500px)But it's kind of hard to edit them in Photoshop CS3, cause I only cansee them at 15% zoom or so..

So my question is if it is normal to handel with these big images orif I should/can change my camera settings..

Yes it is normal; there is no point having a 10MP camera if you shoot at 2MP resolution. There should be a zoom function on photoshop to allow you to size the image to fit the screen, or even a 'fit image to screen' button which does it with one click..

Then you can tell photoshop what size you want to image to be, e.g. 10 x 7 inches, 6 x 4 inches or whatever, using the crop or resize tools. Job done..

(If you want to know more.... the number of pixels and the size of the image are not the same. Your image is 3800 x 2500 px, which is fixed by the sensor in the camera. If you choose to display the picture with a resolution of 100 pixels per inch, the size will be 38 x 25 inches (too big). If you choose to display it with a resolution of 1000 pixels per inch, it will be 3.8 x 2.5 inches (too small). If you set the resolution to 500 pixels per inch, the pictre will be about 7.6 x 5 inches (fine to print on a normal printer and a typical sorty of size for normal viewing).

Best wishesMike..

Comment #4

...if you want to post images here on the forums, it's helpful to make a resized version at about 800 on the long side...then use 'save as' and add something to the file name so you do not overwrite your original photo. Like this

That makes a size that is nicely viewable on the computer. But always keep your original file..

LucyU ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Z Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'.

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Comment #5

Shoot at the max resolution the camera has. then open in cs2 or3, you will find a zoom control on the screen, just change the zoom % till you see the whole image then do any pp you wish..

The reason you shoot as max rsolution is that later if you wish to crop then you still would have plenty of mps to use for any picture. also, if you wish to enlarge the shot not just to 8x10 but 16x20 and 20x30 inches, you are going to need all the pixels you have. it is too late then to reshoot to get more pixels. it is simply easier to shoot at max size in the first place..

Also, make sure that after you pp the full size shot you do not resize and hit save because that writes over the original and it is lost. only use save as after you pp the full shot. that way the original is ALWAYS available. I store my originals in a separate folder labeled jpegs and they are not touched. I make tiffs from the pped originals and use save as to make the tiff never never save. all future work if any is done off the tiff, also useing save as, so the corrected original tiff remains intact...

Comment #6

I always shoot large format, you never know when you may want to make a very large print and it's easier to downsize than to go larger.dcr1998

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