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Digital Camera to Print - Help on Technical

by erichkooi / November 10, 2005 12:20 PM PST

Hi,
I would like to know what is the basic setting if I would like to print 4R (4" x 6") from my digital camera.

I have 4 Megapixel camera, which is more than enough for me to print up to 8R (8" x 10"). But I would only like to print to 4R size only and I would like to catpure picture as small size as possible yet sharp enough for print, by this method I can save more pictures on my Memory Card.

I hv various screen size and which the right screen size should I choose if I want to print just 4R.

Screen size on camera:
2272 x 1704
2272 x 1520 (3:2)
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480


Please advise and thanks in advance.
Eric

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Print 6 x 4
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 10, 2005 1:20 PM PST

The bottom line is:

It depends upon the setting you use for the printer.

For printing at the very best quality, use:

2272 x 1520 (3:2)

For printing at acceptable quality, use:

1280 x 960

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Here is a link that covers the subject nicely:

http://www.shortcourses.com/pixels/printed.htm

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Print
by erichkooi / November 10, 2005 2:20 PM PST
In reply to: Print 6 x 4

I m not printing from computer but sending to photo develop shop(Kodak, Fuji or Konica).

Please advise and thanks snapshot2 for replied.

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Print
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 10, 2005 10:56 PM PST
In reply to: Print

If the printing is done by a service, I would use the setting of:

2272 x 1520 (3:2)

for 6 x 4 inch prints.

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These printing services usually print at 300 dpi, which means you need over 2 megapixels.

Plus, the (3:2) means that the photo will be taken with the aspect ratio of 3:2, which is the same as 35mm film. That ratio is exactly the size you need for 6 x 4 prints.

If you use any of the other settings, the aspect ratio is 4:3, which would produce a photo of 6 x 4.5 inches. The photo lab would then have to do away with the extra 0.5 inch. They usually do this by chopping off 1/4 inch from the top and from the bottom.

This can result in chopped off heads and feet.
A very common complaint about comercial processing.

Since your camera can do 3:2, then use it for your 6 x 4 prints.

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Print
by erichkooi / November 21, 2005 5:25 PM PST
In reply to: Print

I tested and it come out great. I using 1600 x 1200 with 72 dpi (standard), it produce sharp enough for 4R print. With this information, i believe those who want to print 4R photo size, no need to set your digital camera to finest or highest resolution just to print 4R size. If we set to the basic requirement that will give us more space on our memory stick/card to store more pictures.

BTW, thanks for those who giving me the valueable advise.

Thanks again.
Eric

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Aspect ratio and printing....
by christy / November 21, 2005 8:47 PM PST
In reply to: Print

Does anyone know of printing services which can print at the aspect ratio of 4:3 ? That would require different-sized printing papers e.g 6 X 4.5 which I suspect is not available. Why should digital photos be taken mostly at 4:3 ? Seem that the photo printing industry has not kept up with digital photo printing. Is there a program for convereting 4:3 to 3:2 by automatically cropping an image before it is sent for printing ? I suppose the best ''precaution'' to take is to leave some allowance at the top and bottom when taking a digital photograph. Ideas ?

christy

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Aspect Ratio
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 22, 2005 12:19 AM PST

The 4 x 6 paper came about because of 35mm film.

Then came the digital cameras and they use the aspect ratio of 3:4 which is the approximate size of a standard Television set.

You have also seen prints advertised as 5 x 7 and 8 x 10. Now where did those sizes come from, because they do not fit digital cameras or 35mm film.

They came about sometime around the year 1910, when large format "press" cameras were the camera of choice by news reporters.

Old habits don't die easily.

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I had some 4 x 6 prints made, but first I used a photographic software program and cropped the photos to a 2:3 ratio. That way I controlled what got cut.

Abobe PhotoShop Elements has a nice framing tool that lets you choose aspect ratio instead of actual size.

I then burned my cropped photos to a CD and took the CD to the photo store.

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Canon 20D images in raw format are in a 4x6 proportion.
by Kiddpeat / November 22, 2005 2:53 AM PST
In reply to: Aspect Ratio

Other print sizes require some decisions.

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