Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Attention all photography lovers...

I need some help. There is probably a basic answer to this, but I don't know what it is. My understanding of photography is pretty basic.

I have a Canon PowerShot S5 IS. It has 8 megapixels, so I should be able to get good pictures up to 11x14.

However, every time I go to order a picture bigger than 8x10 the site I am ordering from says the resolution is low. I have never felt like they look bad, but I assume they would look better if the resolution wasn't low. What the heck am I doing wrong?

I know if my ISO is higher than 400 that can make it grainy, so that isn't the problem. I have the file size on my camera set to large.

I am not sure if it is what I am using to import them from my camera to computer- I just use my camera cord and Camera Wizard is what pops up (I did read online to increase the resolution or quality when you are importing, but I couldn't find it anywhere on Camera Wizard).

I also edit my pictures with Picasa, photobucket and picnik (someday Photoshop...someday). Maybe there is something in there that would help.

Any tips would be amazing! Even if it is basic and EVERYONE who has ever picked up a camera should know it, tell me- the odds are good I don't know : )


Ami said...

check your camera settings and make sure your mega pixels are turned on to 8.0.

David, Lesley, and Carter said...

Oh boy … this is the complicated stuff. I found a site that may help. It explains things better anyway ‘cause they use charts. Something I can’t just copy and paste in the comments section. Anyway, found here: http://www.design215.com/toolbox/megapixels.php is my understanding of how all this jargon works. It has graphs and a good explanation of how megapixels and resolution effect print size and quality. (p.s. ppi stands for “pixels per inch”. More ppi means better quality.)

In short answer to your question without going to the site, your out of luck. Unless you increase your megapixels or decrease your print quality, the highest you can go with your particular camera is 10.88" x 8.16"

Good luck and P.S. your little one is an absolute doll! congrates.


Joe n' Shay said...

Check the default settings of the mode you are using, sometimes within different settings your megapixels change or file size. Good luck