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Printing photos

Postby PaliKona » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:17 am

I have a canon powershot elph with 10 mps...can I print pics at 8x12 or 18x24 or will they look grainy? Also, what paper do you recommend?

Re: Printing photos

Postby MonGoose » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:19 am

Are you having them printed professionally or are you using your home printer? I suspect 8x12 will print well but 18x24 likely won't look good.

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Re: Printing photos

Postby FFLpilot » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:36 am

Ditto the above. I've gone to about 12x18 from a 10MP P&S camera, but of course it depends on viewing distance to the print. At 12x18 a good file could be scrutinized at about arm's length, but any larger and it starts to fall apart unless you step back.
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Re: Printing photos

Postby PaliKona » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:50 am

something like 16 mps for a 12x18 or 16x24 will make a pretty big difference, right?

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Re: Printing photos

Postby FFLpilot » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:45 pm

PaliKona wrote:something like 16 mps for a 12x18 or 16x24 will make a pretty big difference, right?


Not if you're talking about a point-and-shoot camera, the difference in quality will likely be marginal. Now a 16MP DSLR is a different story, you would surely notice a difference there.
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Re: Printing photos

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:51 pm

I made a 24x36 poster with my Canon T3i. Crisp as all hell.

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Re: Printing photos

Postby Johnson » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:27 am

Get them printed and find out how you like them. I had a couple of pics printed in 8x10 professionally several years back from a 6 mp camera and they turned out great.
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Re: Printing photos

Postby pw » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:47 am

PaliKona wrote:I have a canon powershot elph with 10 mps...can I print pics at 8x12 or 18x24 or will they look grainy? Also, what paper do you recommend?


The general rule on printing I read somewhere is ideally you would have 300 pixels per inch for a high quality print (so 8 by 12 would have 2400 by 3600 pixels per side), but 200 will look acceptable. I'd say 8 by 12 would look fine, 18 by 24 might be pushing it a bit. I've printed at 12 X 18 from a 10 MP camera and it looked fine.

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Re: Printing photos

Postby pseudoghost » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:21 pm

It really depends on the quality of the camera. Older DSLRS, with say 10-12 MP, can print large posters without problem because the sensor is larger and has better noise characteristics then the smaller sensors used on P&S cameras. I've printed 16x20 with an older P&S that had really good image quality when on it's lowest ISO settings, but it doesn't stand up to close scrutiny. Most P&S will not print well above 8x10 though except in very bright light (i.e. at lowest ISO, and even that is not a given).

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Re: Printing photos

Postby pseudoghost » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:21 pm

pw wrote:
PaliKona wrote:I have a canon powershot elph with 10 mps...can I print pics at 8x12 or 18x24 or will they look grainy? Also, what paper do you recommend?


The general rule on printing I read somewhere is ideally you would have 300 pixels per inch for a high quality print (so 8 by 12 would have 2400 by 3600 pixels per side), but 200 will look acceptable. I'd say 8 by 12 would look fine, 18 by 24 might be pushing it a bit. I've printed at 12 X 18 from a 10 MP camera and it looked fine.



You almost certainly can't tell the difference between 200 DPI and 300 DPI. Don't waste your money on higher DPI counts.

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Re: Printing photos

Postby PaliKona » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:29 pm

For 8x10 images, are there places in Denver you'd recommend for printing onto good photographic paper?ie. Kodak Endura Professional Paper

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Re: Printing photos

Postby mattpayne11 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:09 am

Perhaps this article can be of some help for you:

http://www.photopathway.com/resolution-megapixels-dpi-explained/

As far as printers, there are lots of online places that do a great job - I can recommend:

www.mpix.com
www.whcc.com
www.prodpi.com

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