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we6harringtons   US  Registered since 27th Jan 2013 Sun 27-Jan-13 05:16 PM
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"High Def photography"



Hi, everyone.
I am learning about my D3100 and realized that my photos have a pretty low resolution and can't be printed in 8x10 or larger. How do I change this?

  

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coolmom42 Silver Member Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire”   McEwen, US  Nikonian since 01st Dec 2011 Sun 27-Jan-13 06:04 PM
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#1. "RE: High Def photography"
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Sun 27-Jan-13 06:06 PM by coolmom42


Menu button--shooting menu (camera icon)---image quality. Then hit the OK button on the right, and it will show you the image quality options. Choose JPEG fine, then OK again. That will give you the highest resolution JPEG possible. Then scroll down to image size, hit the OK button, and choose LARGE.

Those settings will get you a 4602 x 3012 pixel image.

Some people will say you need 300 pixels per inch for an acceptable image. Others will tell you 100 pixels per inch is adequate. What you need depends on what you find acceptable. I try to go no lower than 150 pixels per inch. The largest image I've ever had printed from my D3100 was 16 x 20, made from a slightly cropped JPG.

The printed user's manual that came with your D3100 is not the full version. Here is where you can download the full version:

http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16910/~/user%27s-manual---d3100---guide-to-digital-photography

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we6harringtons   US  Registered since 27th Jan 2013 Sun 27-Jan-13 06:18 PM
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Thank you! So if I go to edit the photo and do some cropping, will I still be able to print larger sizes?

  

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit.   Seattle, WA, US  Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006 Sun 27-Jan-13 08:23 PM
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It will depend on how much cropping you do. The number of pixels you have left does matter.

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John Bertotti Gold Member  Garretson, US  Nikonian since 01st Jul 2012 Mon 28-Jan-13 04:09 AM
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Will the 3100 shot in RAW? Seems a better choice if a lot of cropping and editing is being done. Just curious I dont have a 3100.

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coolmom42 Silver Member Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire”   McEwen, US  Nikonian since 01st Dec 2011 Mon 28-Jan-13 11:43 AM
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>Will the 3100 shot in RAW? Seems a better choice if a lot of
>cropping and editing is being done. Just curious I dont have a
>3100.


Yep the 3100 does shoot RAW. I do all the time. But the OP clearly was interested in JPG.

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Nikon D3100

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Statelinebassman   US  Registered since 01st Feb 2013 Fri 01-Feb-13 01:33 AM
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There is also a reference manual for the D3100 that you can download from the Nikon support site. It should also be on the software disc that comes in the camera kit.

  

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aolander Silver Member  Nevis, US  Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006 Sun 27-Jan-13 08:25 PM
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You don't want to crop excessively, but you can crop modestly and have enough pixels to print larger. If you cropped an image down to say 3600 x 2400 pixels, you could print at 300 ppi and get an 12 x 8 inch print. Or at 150 ppi, you would get a 24 x 16 inch print. A lot depends upon the quality of the image, i.e. how sharp it is, etc., and from what distance the print will be viewed. If you want huge prints, you will need to buy a D800.

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we6harringtons   US  Registered since 27th Jan 2013 Sun 27-Jan-13 08:47 PM
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K so maybe I need to back off on the cropping. Thanks again for input.

  

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit.   Seattle, WA, US  Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006 Mon 28-Jan-13 02:26 AM
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Sounds like you need some longer lenses or just need to get closer to your subjects.

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we6harringtons   US  Registered since 27th Jan 2013 Mon 28-Jan-13 05:23 AM
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Yes it will shoot in RAW but I heard you have to convert it to JPG and it sounded so confusing.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas   US  Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007 Mon 28-Jan-13 04:01 PM
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Hi Terri,

It is really quite simple to convert Raw (NEF) files to jpeg or even Tiff files using Nikon View NX2 (free) or Nikon Capture NX2 (free trial) since both automatically read and include all in camera settings in the conversion.

The primary advantages of shooting Raw is Raw files have significantly more information than Jpegs that provides much more latitude for adjustments. Just like a film negative. You can make adjustments to a Raw file without loosing any information.
Every time you adjust a Jpeg and resave it information is lost.

Most third party software also have Raw converters though you must adjust many of the in camera settings in the computer since they can not read the in camera settings.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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we6harringtons   US  Registered since 27th Jan 2013 Tue 29-Jan-13 12:06 AM
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I will try shooting in raw. Thanks for all the advice.

  

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John Bertotti Gold Member  Garretson, US  Nikonian since 01st Jul 2012 Tue 29-Jan-13 06:15 AM
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I would edit in raw simply because it doesn't degrade the image like jpg, then save a copy with edits as a jpg if you wish. I was just curious what you wanted jpg for or more so wondering if you wanted to edit in jpg.

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we6harringtons   US  Registered since 27th Jan 2013 Fri 01-Feb-13 03:48 AM
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I read that you had to convert them to use them. Can a photo in RAW be used just like one in JPG?

  

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John Bertotti Gold Member  Garretson, US  Nikonian since 01st Jul 2012 Fri 01-Feb-13 04:05 AM
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Raw is a lossless format editing and such does not degrade the image and can be undone. Jpg is not that way, there is only so much data and every edit changes and loses some of the data degrading the image. How bad it is damaged depends o. How much editing you do. You can edit your raw image archive it and also just make a jpg copy of it for emails and posting etc. some will tell you just openo g and closing a jpg cause it damage but I don't believe that and have seen no proof to support it,, manipulating a jpg does the damage. It is usually simple to make a jpg or tiff copy of a raw image. How depends on the software you use.

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas   US  Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007 Mon 28-Jan-13 04:13 PM
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Hi Terri,

I forgot to mention that the D3100 will allow you to shoot both Raw and Jpeg Fine Large simultaneously. In other words the camera will create two seporate files: a NEF file and a Jpeg file.
This will allow you to practice converting the Raw files and still have the Jpeg to fall back on.
Keep in mind that Raw Files are larger and require more Hard Drive space to store.
That is the only downside. That said, Hard Drives are reasonably cheap so it is not much of an issue.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas   Richmond, US  Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004 Tue 29-Jan-13 10:20 AM
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You've received good advice so far. Generally speaking you do not want to crop too far. BUT everything is relative, and it is CERTAINLY the case that you can go further with images that were captured with good technique, good support, good lenses, etc. Most beginners overlook this consideration - which is actually a much bigger contributor than it may seem.

Also, not for your immediate use, but do be aware that software is now good enough to print at least twice as big as you've seen with generally very high quality. Depending on the image and how well it was captured, processed and printed, I've seen 4mp originals printed beautifully at 16z20. Of course, doing this requires the very best all the way through the chain, but it can be done. Your D3100 can produce a 14mp file.

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