Do pixels matter? What 20" x 30" prints reveal.

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Re: Do pixels matter? What 20" x 30" prints reveal.
In reply to LaszloBencze, Jun 15, 2013

LaszloBencze wrote:

Thank you!

It's interesting that your experience is so similar to mine. I truly did expect to see a difference and was surprised I didn't.

I'm sure there are pictures which would reveal these large differences in pixel count. Pictures filled with fine detail—a wall filled with posters, a tree filled landscape, close ups of a butterfly's wings. But I take very few pictures like those. And I suspect most people also take pictures that don't easily reveal such differences in resolution.

I suppose the bottom line to all discussions about number of pixels is "Stop worrying about pixels! Refine your seeing. Work at developing yourself as a photographer. Let your pictures today be better than your pictures yesterday." That is the attitude I try to cultivate for myself.

I'm 100% in agreement with all you've said and especially your last paragraph.

My experience is the accuracy of focus, the chosen aperture (both DoF and sharpest f stop) along with the placement of the subject in the frame, the quality of the optics and the technique at capture (minimizing vibration or shake) are all as important if not more so than the number of pixels and I believe DXO is now expressing similar views after testing camera/lens combinations.

Photography is a bit like golf in that when you press the shutter it's like beginning your swing. Like Jack Nicklaus said there are about 6 things he can think of when beginning his swing so you have to be certain they are the most important in acheiving the desired result


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