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

Started Jun 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Do pixels matter? What 20" x 30" prints reveal.
In reply to cpkuntz, Jun 17, 2013

cpkuntz wrote:

Pixels do matter, and I imagine that a high-detail scene would benefit from a high megapixel camera when printed at 20" x 30". For smaller prints, or scenes with less detail, megapixels matter less. Anyone who says otherwise has an agenda, usually that agenda is making themselves feel better about their camera despite the existence of higher megapixel bodies. More resolution is always welcome in photography. You can soften details, but you can't get them back when they aren't recorded in the first place.

I do completely agree with you and "canonero" above that certain types of subject matter will certainly benefit from more pixels and have stated as much in several replies.

However, my main point is that MOST pictures (and certainly most of the pictures I take) are not of this type. They do not have intricate textures or fine detail to resolve. So these types of pictures do not demand high megapixel counts to look good.

Trust me, I'm happy to have 20 mp whether or not the picture demands it. I sold the 1DMKII and 1DMKIII. But I'm also relieved to know that pictures I took with those cameras are not obviously inferior to my newer images.

And, as a teacher of photography, I also want to reassure people who do not have high megapixel cameras to stop worrying about being inferior and get on with taking good pictures.

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