Your Photo Family
We are here to help you get the best images for gifts, safekeeping, presentation and display or passing your memories to others.
Size does matter. We understand metric and imperial sizes and can adapt to suit your requirements. Pixels and resolution matter. A postage stamp enlarged to a poster is going to need some detail from somewhere. Also your typical 6"x4" photo has the same relative aspect as an 8"x12" photo but not the same as a 5"x7" or 8"x10", so resizing a photo may result in cropping of the sides or top/bottom depending on similarity of the aspect ratio.
Image Sizing. Just like your TV, pixels and size matters. A small file size will only allow you to print a small image. A large file will give you the flexibility to choose your print size. Also the better quality the image the better the results. A HDTV is around 2 megapixels but the light from the screen appears to blur the pixels to appear smooth. A photo or print doesn't have that luxury. For example a typical file of 500kb might be 3 megapixels but highly compressed and fuzzy much like the TV. A 9.2Mb file might also be 3 megapixel but uncompressed and very clear more like a 4K TV.
Feeling weighed down by choice? Let us explain your options and assist you to make an informed choice. We have many variations for you to see and handle to get a clearer picture of your options.
Let us make one thing clear, professional photographers spend a lot of money on good quality equipment, not just to be the best images sometimes, but to get the best images in almost every situation and it allows them to print at the largest size when they choose to print them.
For the rest of us, we can get by with minimal gear, and that includes the camera in your phone, most of the time. Depending on your camera/phone having it set correctly for the intended use of the image is important, otherwise it reduces your choices later on. Additionally phone cameras would be the most common cameras to have dirty lenses (fingerprints, dust etc.) and also are the least favourable for low light exposures due to the size of the lenses.
So, while you may take a fantastic shot with your phone that you may never have been able to take with a much better camera (due to opportunity) there will be compromises with just how good a print can be made from them.
The following table is a typical size guide for "good" quality photos and how large the file size is required for printing.
Please be aware .jpg files (and some others) are compressed and each time they are saved after editing (called lossy compression), they will reduce in quality. The table below shoes .jpg compressed with either medium quality (45) or high quality settings (100).
We typically print at 300dpi and images in the table below are set with this. Lower resolution images such as internet sourced will likely be 75dpi and be much smaller and not have as many total pixels resulting in a blocky mess for the same print size. Somewhere between these could result in acceptable printed images.
Our kiosks will not transfer files that are less than 50kb, irrespective of the final print size required.
|Standard Size Print||8"x10" Enlargement||Poster/Canvas (16"x20")|
|Number of Image Pixels @ 300dpi||1800x1200 (2.16MP)||3000x2400 (7.2MP)||6000x4800 (28.8MP)|
|File Size .jpg (Low/Medium/High Quality)||67kb/189kb/2.2Mb||176kb/557kb/6.7Mb||582kb/2.4Mb/23.5Mb|
|File Size .bmp/.tif||3.6Mb||12.0Mb||44.1Mb|
|File Size .png||3.0b||10.7Mb||40.1Mb|