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Camera settings for printing pictures up to 11x14 with Sony A350 2 years 7 months ago #220253

I would like to have my pictures to print at larger sizes than 5x7. However, when I process the picture in Smugmug I continue to get "it's to small for that size". The pictures are reviewed in Lightroom 3.6 and saved at quality of 96. What do I need to have the Sony set to to get the bigger prints?
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Re: Camera settings for printing pictures up to 11x14 with Sony A350 2 years 7 months ago #220311

I don't have Lightroom, but "quality" usually refers to JPG compression, not image size. You need to first take the photo with the camera set to its largest size (resolution). Then make sure the JPG that is being submitted for printing is still that size.

As a last resort a small image can be re-sized larger (smaller is more common for re-sizing) to reach a needed size. But that usually degrades the quality of the image.

Kelly Cook
Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
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Re: Camera settings for printing pictures up to 11x14 with Sony A350 2 years 7 months ago #220484

Like Kelly says, make sure you have your camera set to store as much info as possible. If you are using lightroom, there is no reason not to be shooting RAW. If you are shooting JPEG, you want image quality set to "Fine". Also, from what I can see on dpreview, there is a menu item for "Image Size". Make sure it is set to "L:14M" (Large - 14 megapixel.)

When you export from lightroom to smugmug for printing, make sure you send a full size image (not scaled down). Either send a tiff or a jpeg with quality set to 100%.

There is no reason a 14mp DSLR like the Sony A350 can't produce beautiful 11"x14" prints.
-Matt
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Re: Camera settings for printing pictures up to 11x14 with Sony A350 2 years 7 months ago #221121

I appreciate the time you are giving me on topic thank you in advance.

1. In Kelly's comment "make sure you are set at the largest resolution". My lightroom setting is resolution 72, what would the largest be?

2. When I have my camera set to RAW which is what I most alway use, it doesn't allow you to change the image size. So I set it while as JPG, then switch to RAW, but don't know if that clears the L:12 setting.
Last Edit: 2 years 7 months ago by bltindiana.
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Re: Camera settings for printing pictures up to 11x14 with Sony A350 2 years 7 months ago #221123

Smugmug doesn't want to accept the Tiff, so it uploads as JPG.
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Re: Camera settings for printing pictures up to 11x14 with Sony A350 2 years 7 months ago #221160

"72" sounds more like the DPI setting for prints, not really the same thing as image resolution. The A350 has a max image resolution of 4,592 x 3,056 pixels. So long as you keep to that resolution, including for the JPG for uploads, large prints should not be a problem.

Kelly
Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
kellycook.zenfolio.com/
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Re: Camera settings for printing pictures up to 11x14 with Sony A350 2 years 7 months ago #221236

:agree:
The DPI is irrelevant. The printer will ignore whatever you set for that and set the dpi based on the file size and print size. When you export, make sure you are exporting "full size" images.
-Matt
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Re: Camera settings for printing pictures up to 11x14 with Sony A350 2 years 6 months ago #225557

bltindiana wrote:
However, when I process the picture in Smugmug I continue to get "it's to small for that size".

Somehow you are uploading low res files. If you are sure your camera is set to maximum resolution then the photo size is being reduced somewhere in processing. For instance check your Lightroom export settings. You may have them set to reduce it to a small size that's more appropriate for web viewing.
bltindiana wrote:
My lightroom setting is resolution 72, what would the largest be?

DPI or PPI is printing scale. If you have a 1000x1000 resolution photo, and print it at 100 ppi then the print would be 10"x10". If you print the same 1000x1000 resolution photo, and print it at 10 ppi then the print would be 100"x100". You just need to make sure you are uploading the full resolution (whatever 14mp is) file. Whether it's 72 ppi or 300 ppi shouldn't matter as long as the file is not being resampled (reduced or increased from the #### x #### that comes out of the camera).
bltindiana wrote:
2. When I have my camera set to RAW which is what I most alway use, it doesn't allow you to change the image size. So I set it while as JPG, then switch to RAW, but don't know if that clears the L:12 setting.

Raw is almost always maximum resolution. Some cameras do offer smaller sized raw files, but it's usually called sraw, or something like that.
Last Edit: 2 years 6 months ago by Henry Peach.
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