Print Size Info

Print Any Size you like:

Because we do most printing on roll paper we can really print any size up to 44″x150″, however, there are a few considerations to look at before selecting a print size.  Starting with the final presentation, custom framing can easily double your printing costs, so if you want to reduce that expense its best to use known frame sizes.  Another consideration is aspect ratio, meaning your camera and frames do not always match for instance 8×10 is a standard frame size but  8×12 is the full size 35mm aspect of the image. This aspect change means there would need to be cropping in order to fit the frame.  Of Course this is just a thought and if you need a print that’s 10″x100″ we can do that as well.

We calculate all pricing by the square foot  (how to calculate)

Things to consider before enlarging a photo:

When you enlarge a photo it is stretching the image. When you stretch a photo many factors affect the final print quality. While there is no real rule for what someone thinks is acceptable.  We use Dots Per Inch (DPI) as the best way to gauge how sharp or soft a photo will appear when printed. The best situation is to never print below 300 DPI, most prints will look acceptable at “standard viewing distance” down to about 150 DPI. There are a few other considerations regarding the output DPI, including your camera’s mega pixals and the ISO that the photo was taken, because it will directly affect the noise in the image.  The lower the ISO the less noise will appear in the image.  There are many other factors, such as bit depth, color mode, if the photo is a raw or jpg. and so on but what this really all means is that not all cameras can produce a good looking 40×60 but may print great at 20×30 because its not being stretched as much.  It’s some food for thought because flaws become exponentially distracting the larger the print becomes.

Print Size Examples:

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Camera Sensor Size: and how it effects printing

Not all Cameras are created equally; the size of your sensor affects the size you can print.  Because the megapixel rating of your camera is based on a 35mm frame size, pixel density may be smaller than a 35mm frame meaning that your sensor is essentially a crop of that megapixel rating.  Its all a bit confusing but what it really equates to is that a 16mp full size 35mm camera will produce a higher quality image than a 16mp four thirds sensor because it is not really 16mp.  It is a crop of a 16mp sensor if it were 35mm wide.

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