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Why is resolution more important for landscape photography?

I have heard countless times that "resolution is of utmost importance for landscape photography". This also comes up often when landscape photographers look to medium format for it's detail and ...
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Determining the size of the smallest resolvable detail for a given camera

My generic question: Given camera specifications, e.g: sensor resolution, sensor image area, pixel size (area), optical size, focal length (ratio), fov (horizontal and/or vertical) and ...
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For MTF, why does 10 represent contrast while 30 represent resolution?

I'm trying to learn to read MTF charts. Everything is making sense to me, except why most explanations of MTF will refer to the 10 l/mm line as a measure of contrast while referring to the 30 l/mm ...
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How does iResolution on Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 (Micro Four Thirds) work?

So there's this setting iResolution on my Panasonic camera, which allows values High, Standard, Low, Extended and Off. The manual of the camera doesn't tell me very much about this feature, so I'd ...
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Is this article correct about gamma error in picture scaling in common software?

That is kind of a "please proof-read an articles conclusion"-question. Some time ago I found this page: Gamma error in picture scaling. I grasp the point, that the luminosity-curve is not linear and ...
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Is 2 megapixels enough for 4x6 prints?

My compact camera has a burst mode, which shoots 10 fps at 2 megapixels. I plan to use it at an upcoming company sporting event (basketball and tennis, outdoors) and plan to post memorable moments at ...
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Why do different smartphones with the same megapixel camera resolutions have different quality of image?

There are different brands of smart phones available. Frequently two different big brand smart phones (Nokia, Samsung , Apple, Sony etc.) with the same Megapixel count have a different quality of ...
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What is Snapsort's “true resolution” score?

On Snapsort I found this explanation: True resolution Manufacturers advertise high megapixels to sell their cameras, Snapsort calculates the true resolution of each camera based on the ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of sRAW or mRAW files compared to fullsize RAW?

Are there any non-obvious advantages/disadvantages of setting my 7D to use small or medium RAW instead of large? I seldom print pictures, and the way I take photos the sensor is almost never the ...
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Is the camera sensor or the lens the limit to resolution?

I have a pretty high res sensor on my camera, but sometimes I have the feeling my lens doesn't even get to this resolution. How can I tell if my camera sensor has not enough resolution or if the lens ...
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Is a low-resolution scan of B&W negatives expected from a drugstore?

Shoot a roll of ilford color process B&W. Take to Walgreens. Receive CD (and negatives). Import to Aperture, crop a bit, and ask for an 8x10. Get a warning that there's not enough pixels to make a ...
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Is the megapixel count setting on a P&S digital camera real or a gimmick? [duplicate]

Does downsizing the effective recording megapixel count setting on my P&S digital camera actually decrease the sensor-megapixel density, thereby increasing pixel size and culminating in better ...
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What resolution would be needed for a billboard advertisement?

Does anyone know the required resolution for a photograph to be used on a billboard? Would the Canon 7D be able to provide a large enough file size to meet the requirements?
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What resolution can I reach with a B/W paper negative?

I would like to expose some B/W chemical photopaper directly in a large format camera to obtain paper negatives. What is the maximum effective resolution I could obtain on said paper? assuming a ...
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How high resolution can a picture be before the human eye stops caring?

I found an article discussing a collective that sells ludicrously high resolution panoramas, at least one of which is comprised of over 1000 images with a resolution of 7 gigapixels. Other than ...
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What is a practical application of the SQRI image quality metric?

In some research, I have found that the perceived quality of an image is linearly related with the square root of the normalized modulation. Perceived contrast of sinusoidal luminance patterns is ...
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Is it better to crop in Raw than JPEG?

Recently we cropped a JPEG photo a lot in Photoshop Elements, and noticed we had lost a lot of resolution when we had the photo printed. Would it have been better to shoot in Raw, and not lose so much ...
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How large an image do I need to print a 32″ by 18″ poster at 300 DPI?

I need to have an image printed as a poster 32″ by 18″ (about 80x45 cm) at 300 DPI, but I am unsure of how big the file must be. Also, what file format is best?
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How does sensor size relate to image resolution?

How is it possible that with a particular sized sensor (say APS-C) it is possible to get different sized image cameras (by this I mean a 10 megapixel camera, a 15 megapixel camera etc)? Where does ...
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Shooting large tree from a distance: resolution/details issue

Recently I take a shot of a big tree and encountered some issues with the image resolution. Here is the image after postprocessing: To make scale clear (how tall the tree is and how far I stand from ...
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At what point does the Canon 5D Mark IV's high-ISO performance give it higher real resolution than the 5DS (R)?

I want the sharpest images with the most detail possible. Resolution increases detail (to a limit) Noise decreases sharpness Therefore, I have a dilemma. I am looking to purchase a new DSLR: either ...
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Is it better to edit photos with a high pixel per inch monitor?

Title says it all Is it better to edit photos with a high pixel per inch (PPI) monitor or is a bigger monitor better? eg. My current monitor Panel Size: 23.6“ Wide Screen True Resolution: 1920X1080 ...
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How to resize a photo?

I know this is really a noob question, but it has always confused me. If something says "Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide." how do I do that? I assume one uses a program to do it, but ...
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Are cropped images from a full-frame sensor equal quality to full APS-C images despite the lower resolution?

If I put a DX lens on a Nikon D700, it will reduce megapixels to 5.1. I understand that FX pixels are about 2.5 times larger than DX pixels. Would I be correct to assume that, therefore, my FX image ...
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How are very high resolution images displayed on low resolution monitors?

How is an image with resolution larger than the monitor resolution displayed? How are the extra pixels handled?
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Why are there no digital large format photographic imaging sensors using the TFT technology from medical x ray imaging?

Recently I witnessed an x ray imaging of an entire thorax, and I was pretty sure it was a film cassette with analogue film that was used, but was taught that it was a digital sensor. This sensor had ...
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Shooting images smaller than the sensor size

I have a d600 and I appreciate very much the high resolution I get (useful especially for landscapes), but for most other subjects I find 6000 x 4000 to be overkill, making post-processing ...
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What's a good iPhone application to view large images (5000px+)?

I want to view large images that I transfer to my iPhone from my computer. Obviously I cannot view them completely at a 1:1 ratio, but rather I want to be able to zoom in to the 1:1 ratio. The only ...
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Why is the image size different in portrait and landscape mode?

Today i noticed that my Canon EOS 5D mark II seems to create different image sizes when holding the camera in landscape or portrait mode. The Portrait Image size is always 3753x5634 pixels while the ...
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How to estimate the minimum magnification to capture features of a certain size?

What is the correct way to estimate the minimum magnification (maximum subject distance) at which features of a certain size are resolved? My thinking is that given a system capable of resolving a ...
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Do images need special treatment for high-resolution (“retina”) displays vs regular displays?

What are people's (experimentally tested if possible) views on sharpening images depending on whether they are to be viewed on retina or non-retina devices. Assuming resolution in the file is not an ...
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Does higher resolution in an image imply more bits per pixel?

I have been trying to understand how a better spectrum of color can be represented in an image and to avoid banding it sounds like the image would need to have more bits per pixel. When the resolution ...
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By what mechanism does a camera change its output resolution?

The camera in question is a Nikon D3200, it features 24 MPx. I would like to know what changes are brought about on the sensor to enable it to shoot at lower-resolutions. Does the camera shoot in a ...
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Why does my Sony Alpha 77 II sometimes change to a lower resolution on its own?

I've taken about 700 pictures with my new Sony Alpha 77 II, all at the maximum 6000x4000 resolution. However, when I reviewed the pictures afterwards there are a couple at the lower 4240x2832 ...
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What is meant by pixels and DPI for photo submissions?

I am submitting a photo for an exhibit. They require a jpeg to be evaluated and then a print, if accepted. The rules indicate "Entries must be in JPEG format sized at 300 dpi on a CD (4” width of ...
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What resolution should be used for images that are to be used in focus stacking?

I am taking a series of photos using a dSLR camera attached to a microscope that will be used in a stack to produce a single image with high depth of field. Can anyone recommend a level of resolution ...
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In what way will affordable high density displays affect photography?

The last 6 months have been quite revolutionary for the display technology with the new iPad & Retina Macbook Pro and their 200+ ppi displays that double the typical pixel densities. I have seen ...
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Full resolution at less-desired aspect ratio or less resolution at desired aspect ratio?

I come from the world of film cameras, where larger negatives are generally preferred over smaller negatives because they generally can hold more information and detail. Now, with digital cameras, ...
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Does increased resolution compensate for diffraction?

Given a sensor size, the diffraction limit (and cut-off) are determined largely (entirely?) by the density of pixels on the sensor. With the trend of ever-increasing megapixel counts, this means that ...
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How to get the largest size file possible from my DSLR for a large advertisement print?

For this first time, I am putting images on larger advertisement piece (8' x 5'). I am using a Canon T3i. When I pull photos from the memory card are the photos in the largest format possible? The ...
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Does reducing the resolution on phone cameras increase pixel size?

I understand that cameras are limited in processing power, and that it is better to manually resize photographs taken using them. One of my experiences: The Asus Zenfone 2 has a lowlight mode, which ...
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What do resolution figures mean in lens specifications?

I'm working in computer vision and choosing the right lens is obviously as critical as having a good sensor if you're going for quality inspection (for example). Sadly I have very little experience ...
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How to estimate camera sensor size?

I am using a smartphone for capturing photos and I need to estimate the camera sensor size (mm*mm). I have the resolution (in pixels) and the focal length (in pixels). I can also measure the size of ...
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Bayer color effective true resolution [duplicate]

Because in a typical digital camera, each pixel records only one color though use of a Bayer filter or similar mechanism to achieve color vision, the true resolution of a ## megapixel sensor is ...
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Is there a tool which will resize photos based on level of actual detail in the original?

As part of my organisation workflow I like to scale down images where the quality of the photo is not making the most of the resolution (due to camera shake, low light graininess, or whatever). Is ...
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Lightroom Exporting for web optimum settings

When exporting a batch of photos in LR you get a variety of options. For photos that are going to be eventually printed I would think that the highest resolution and 300ppi would be a good starting ...
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What changes (specifically improvements) occur to image quality when you reduce the resolution in post?

If you shoot a lot of megapixels, let's say 21MP, what image improvements/changes will occur when you downsample the image to a resolution around 1920x1080 for display on a normal 1080p HD television? ...
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increase resolution by taking several pictures - is it done? [duplicate]

What if I took two or more picture of the subject quickly one after another, then used these images to increase resolution? It seems to me that if I take two pictures of the same thing, then my ...
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What is “Resolution” and how is it related to “Printing”?

What do we mean by "Image Resolution", and how is it related to printing on paper? Is resolution related to displaying the image on computer screens too? What is the meaning of "High Resolution"? "...
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Does reducing JPG resolution decrease, increase, or have no effect on image quality?

I'm getting ready to download a bunch of images from microstock photo agency Dreamstime. I'll eventually want most of the images in the 400x300 pixel range for my website when I'm done working with ...