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Photo Image Quality

Understanding High Definition Photo Quality

To be an exceptional photographer, the first, most fundamental factor is consistently outstanding image quality.

Not all photographers or cameras produce the same image quality.

The best technician cannot produce a quality image without the right equipment.

Conversely, the best equipment used incorrectly will not produce a quality image.

A misconception about photography is that image quality depends on the camera’s megapixel count. This assumption is false. The megapixel count is resolution size–it is simply the pixel count, as measured by the linear number of horizontal pixels times the linear number of vertical pixels. The megapixel count of the camera does affect photo quality slightly, but it is far less of a factor in image quality than the lens used on the camera.

Professional photographers use a array of expensive cameras, lenses, and accessories to get great quality. At Drake Photography HD we use a combination of both the latest technically advanced lenses and proven vintage lenses that have been rated the highest in quality in lab tests.

Thus, the best way to obtain great photographs is to begin by using appropriate lenses for the setting. Then a photographer must know how to optimize light and accessories, as well as the camera’s control mechanisms. And, finally, he or she must factor in composition, angle, and creative artistry.

About Resolution

“The picture looked great when I took it on my phone, but when I downloaded it to the computer, it looked terrible!”

Camera phone photos are great for just what they are meant for…viewing on a mobile phone. But examining the image clarity of a cell phone photo on a computer is a good way to understand the effect of resolution and lens quality.

Many people view images on mobile phones or laptop computers that have low resolution or small screens–which can obscure poor-quality images—then the surprise comes later when printing the image or viewing it at a high resolution, on a larger monitor or on your HD TV.

Therefore, to get an accurate assessment of a photographer’s work, be sure to view his or her images on a large, high-resolution monitor or, even better, on a 50″ HD TV that can accurately render the images’ quality.

The resolution rendered with the new Nikon D4 camera with 16.2 megapixels (which lists at $5,999) is 4928 x 3280. To date, there is no computer monitor that can accurately render this image at its true resolution. So when is such high resolution, with a high megapixel capability, important?

Answer: When creating a print image, especially such print images as large picture sizes, posters, and billboards.

Please note that we reduce the size of our images posted on our Drake Photography HD Web site from 4928 x 3280 to a resolution with a maximum clarity of 1280 x 848. Such a reduction decreases the resolution of the photo by 75% from the original photo!

We allow this reduction—and Web site designers commonly do this too—to speed up the loading times of images on a Web page and to prevent page overload crashes on your computer.

But, reducing the image size to 25% also reduces the overall image quality. So, bear in mind, if you think our photos look crisp now, they will look even nicer when viewed in 100% full resolution, or on your 50-inch HD TV!