How Many Megapixels Do I Need for Printing?

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This is a complex subject. Megapixels are a measure of quantity, not quality. An 8 megapixel camera phone isn’t the same as an 8 megapixel DSLR camera. In short, not all pixels are compared equally.

Simple formula to determine megapixels

Multiply the width (in pixels) by the height (in pixels) then divide the result by 1 million

For the sake of simplicity, we are going to assume you have a DSLR camera. I currently shoot with a Nikon D700 12.1MP camera for sports and a Nikon D810 36.3MP camera for portraits. To determine how many megapixels your camera shoots, use a program such as Lightroom or Window’s explorer to review the metadata. Look for dimensions under the Metadata panel.

The D700 shoots 4,256 by 2,832 pixels. Using our formula we multiply 4,256 by 2,832 which equals 12,052,992. Then we divide that by 1,000,000.

(4,256 x 2,832) / 1,000,000 = 12.052992 or 12.1MP

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Direction of Light for Food Photography

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When photographing food, the direction of your light is very important. Certain angles of light will help shape the scene and can also be the difference between a successful image, and one that is just “meh”. In this article I will be sharing examples of three different types of light: back light, front light, and side light.

Back Light

Placing the light behind your subject is a common setup, and one I have used quite a bit. It is good to highlight and rim the food, and works well for images with leafy herb garnishes (such as mint or basil) as the light can shine through and light up through the leaf. Plus, it allows you to really flood the background with a lot of light, brightening up your photograph.

Side Light

Just like with back light, side light is another great choice, and is one of my favorite setups. It is especially…

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Art by the Falls – recap

June 6th – June 7th, 2015:

Art by the Falls, last weekend, was a huge success. Very impressed with the show itself too – it was run smoothly and everyone was very helpful. The weather was perfect and sales were high. Thanks again everyone for your support!

Other highlights included: people letting me hold/pet their pet birds (I adore birds), and the little boy’s excitement about my “Chichen Itza” photo – asking if I explored the temple, if it had traps inside, etc. It was too funny. 🙂