I did some shooting over the weekend. I had the camera set on FINE and LARGE. I thought that would give me images of 300dpi. When I got home and loaded them into Photoshop Elements, they were all at 72dpi. Do I have to go to RAW to get 300dpi?
Yes, but be careful if you resize the images. If you resized the image to a certain size (e.g. in inches) without altering the dpi to (say) 300, you would lose detail. At 72dpi, a 20"x16" print would only consist of 1440x1152 pixels (a 20"x16" print would require 6000x4800 pixels @ 300dpi)
I'm extremely new to all this and have only owned my D50 for approx a week now... having said that, what prompted me to purchase the D50 was a picture a co-worker took with his D50 at Large/Fine. I had the picture printed and mounted on foam board at 16x20 and the detail was incredible.
I've read a lot (whole lot) about digicam megapixels and correlated print sizes and I think a person just has to take some shots... print some prints and judge for themselves. I know that the Nikon 6.1MP D50 will blow a Canon G6 7MP out of the water on large print quality.
my 2 cents worth,
Bill (in OK) - I don't have a clue what I'm doing, but I'm having a blast doing it!
That's a good point about the viewing distance. If you are pushing your nose against a 200 dpi print it will look grainy. But viewed from anything over about 4 feet and it will look just fine. I think there is a guide somewhere on print sizes and optimum viewing distances, time to do some browsing.
>I did some shooting over the weekend. I had the camera set >on FINE and LARGE. I thought that would give me images of >300dpi. When I got home and loaded them into Photoshop >Elements, they were all at 72dpi. Do I have to go to RAW to >get 300dpi? > >Thanks, >Carole
hmmmmmmmm, all of my 'FINE and LARGE' pics are 300 dpi.
The resolution (ppi) only matters when you print, until them it's just a number. It can be useful to alter it to your final print resolution so viewing it at 100% (actual size) shows you how things like sharpening will look.
Likewise making it 72 ppi for web viewing is unnecessary, the file size isn't altered and the image displays according to it's pixel size and not the ppi.
You can go to the Image->Resize menu option, then there should be a PPI setting box (says pixels per inch, I believe) - you can put in 300. Make sure Resample is UNCHECKED. All my D50 images open in Elements (v3 and v4) at 300 PPI without me having to change them.