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by jroseks / October 23, 2007 11:42 AM PDT

I am confused about the resolution of my pictures. I edit in photoshop elements 5.0. When I scan photos, the resolution on PSE5 is 300. The pictures I took on my Kodak P850 at 5.0 megapixels at the highest quality loaded into PSE at a resolution of 230. I have purchased a canon XTi which is 10 megapixels and I take pictures at the highest quality. These are loading into PSE at a resolution of 72. I would think that the resolution would be higher, not lower. I have not been terribly happy with the printed photos. Could this resolution be the problem & there is some setting in the camera I am missing? Or am I just totally misunderstanding how resolution is reflected in PSE and I am just not a very good photographer which is why my prints aren't as good as I would like? I would appreciate any guidance.

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I don't know if I know enough to explain it fully, but...
by ahtoi / November 2, 2007 4:09 AM PDT
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I'll try. The resolution we are talking here are 2 different things. In the camera, the 5 mega/10 megapixel are number of total pixels in an area (of the picture taken). The 72 or 300 PSE referring are ppi (pixels per inch) and I think printer are reference the same way (actual ink dots it can put in an inch of paper).

You should have some control over this by changing the size of the print and its resolution (at least I have that control on my micrographic software). Now whether that will give you better picture or not..will, give it a try.

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by taboma / November 6, 2007 8:45 AM PST
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jroseks, Make sure that you are downloading your images at a high resolution and not at 70 Low Res.
Check on the Kodak software that you have on your computer and adjust the settings to be high res
at 300. 70 is really low res. and lousy.
Also make sure that you have your camera settings on superfine and large for JPEG and compression.
You also may have the option of shooting your images in the RAW Format. That will give you your best results. Also uses a lot of memory on your card.
It is not your photography. It is your camera setting. Read your manual again.
5.0 megapixels is OK for sharp photography. I have a Canon with 4.1 and another with 7.1. Both produce great photo images with JPEG compression (Which reduces quality.)
If I purchase the new Nikon D300, with 12.1 megapixels, I probably will be shooting in RAW format.
More bang for the buck!!

Good luck,


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