Improving Your Photography

Often times we are asked down here in Corpus Christi for some hints and tips on taking better photos. Many people have asked us about what camera they should purchase and what number of pixels should they be looking for. When it comes to pixels it’s important to note that many of today’s cameras take photos that are very close to the quality of photos that up until just a few years ago were reserved for cameras that used film.

The higher the number of pixels the more detailed the photograph can be and the larger you can print the photo without distortion or pixelation. Many of today’s cameras are capable of a resolution of 10 megapixels or more. The side effect of the high resolution images is the amount of space used on the camera’s memory card or on your computer for storage. For example, on a popular camera we were able to film photos in one of four resolutions.

10 Megapixel takes 3.61 Megabytes of disk space
5 Megapixel takes 2.12 Megabytes of disk space
3 Megapixel takes 1.52 Megabytes of disk space
.3 Megapixel takes 106 Kilobytes of disk space

The 10 Megapixel size is great for printing photos and should be used for occasions such as weddings and close-up photos such as flower petals where you wish to show great detail. If you are going to email these photos remember that with larger photo files you will need more time to upload the files and that many email sites limit the size of email that they will accept at less than 10 megabytes.

For photos that you are going to use for your MLS listing or even for a You Film The Tour, virtual tour with Island Digital Images; you should use a photo size of less than 2 megabytes. The reason for this is that many publication services limit the per photo size to less than 2 megabytes in size.

In all practicality you could use either the 3 or even the .3 megapixel size for your MLS photos as either setting will look okay. I would consider the .3 megapixel size as an absolute minimum as that would produce and image of 640×480 pixels that is equal to VGA on computers. A best choice in this example would be the 3 megapixel setting producing an image of 2048 x 1536 and a file size of 1.52 megabytes.

Alan Fon
Island Digital Images
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