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Old 08-12-2008   #1
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So I have been reading Ken's site right, he said he does all his photography at 6 megapixels, is that really worth down sizing? I print at the largest A4, so will I see a difference in quality?

Is it also worth just shooting in Fine Jpeg over Raw? I edit pictures a lot, so is Raw a huge advantage when editing?

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ken rockwel?

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Get your hands on a 6mp image and print it at the size you wonder about and see. Also, not sure based on the text your wrote, but if you edit images a lot, I'd go with RAW.

6mp is oh so bad...except when 6mp was the top of the chain a few years ago and people were printing large images. more and more megapixels is an advantage, but one thing it can't do is guarantee you that your images is a great image.
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It is not so much the number of pixels which count, but more their size.
Or put in a different way pixel density on the sensor

if the density does not change when using 6 MP instead of 10 MP, the only advantage you have is more room for cropping.

Larger pixels will have the capacity to store more information and the information will be better isolated against neighbour pixels. On the other hand if you do not shoot raw and possibly using 14 or 16 bit when available pixel size will count less.

JPEg is 8 bit, raw converted to TIFF, PSD or DNG SHOULD be 16 bit. This will give more precision for the calculations when you work on the image
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So I have been reading Ken's site right, he said he does all his photography at 6 megapixels, is that really worth down sizing? I print at the largest A4, so will I see a difference in quality?
The reason he says that is that it is not the MP that makes the picture good it is the person behind the eye piece. A good photographer can produce super results with a cheap Kodak brownie

I moved from 6mb to 12 (D50 - D300) and yes my pictures became better, but most likely not because of the pixel count but due to the extra features that D300 brings into the shot. Better image sensor, better matrix metering, better focus (51 points vs 5).

And like Ken's site says the best wide angle lens is "two steps back" I have been using that for some time now and it works believe it or not.
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And like Ken's site says the best wide angle lens is "two steps back" I have been using that for some time now and it works believe it or not.
...must be large rooms you work in, the second step back I mostly hit a wall...



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...must be large rooms you work in, the second step back I mostly hit a wall...
I usually bump into a person (but they move out of the way), I shoot in night clubs that are usually very crowded and small.

The 2 steps back works best at car shows with more room...
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i read his site often and I doubt he ever said he shoots EVERYTHING at 6mp's. I don't agree with everything he writes but I do take alot of his advice. I do know he is alot better photographer than I am so why would'nt I use some of his advice.
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Like anything, you learn through experience and its not always your own. So you take what others are willing to give you and experiment to see what works for you and toss out the ideas that dont.

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to toss some oil onto this debate. i bet the fuji S2 stacks pretty well against the 10mp cameras


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