How many megapixels are you working with?

United States
October 11, 2008 9:32am CST
I am working with a camera that only has 6. I want to get a camera with a higher mp on it. I know that if you don't have the higher mp's then you can only do the small prints at redbubble like cards and framed prints. I want to do calendars and posters but can't with this small amount of mp's.
6 responses
@drannhh (15227)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I only have six and am looking at a poster we made that is 18 x 24" and it looks great and the camera wasn't even set to high-res, so I'm wondering if maybe you should check your settings first...or RedBubble's settings? On the other hand, if you sell enough small prints and cards and stuff and have money to burn, then I'd say go for it.
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• United States
12 Oct 08
Unfortunatly redbubble asks for specific sizes of images for certain applications like posters and calendars. I have my camera at its highest settings and while I could probably print out the size for calendars and such with no problems redbubble won't accept 2816x2112 image size for posters or calendars.
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@drannhh (15227)
• United States
12 Oct 08
Can't you just resize your photos using a free online utility such as Picnik: http://www.picnik.com ?
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• United States
12 Oct 08
I have tried with picnik and it won't take them big enough for the calendars or posters.
• Australia
12 Oct 08
Your problem is file-size raher than megapixels, sweetdesign. More Mpixels usually results in larger files, but they are not the only way to achieve them: produce a merged panorame or HDR image from your 6 megapixel camera files, and you will pass the Redbubble size test. Or consider using a reliable resizing program to upsize your images; I have sold large prints on line made from carefully resized 4 mpix images, and you could do this too until you get a new camera... Truth is that it is hard to buy a new camera below 6 megapixels these days, so I suggest you look to the kind of pictures you want to make and choose a camera that will help you achieve the best possible images... naturally a SLR will be your starting point, and unless you buy one of the entry level Nikons, you will automatically have at least 10Megapixels. Most will have 10 to 12 megapixels, and plenty have more than that.
• United States
12 Oct 08
I don't think my camera has HDR capabilities. Even when shooting in RAW the largest image I can achieve is 2816 x 2112.
• Australia
12 Oct 08
HDR is achieved in post-processing. There are two basic ways to achieve a HDR effect. The first (and best) is to make 3 exposures - one at the recommended exposure, one over and one under exposed. Your camera's automatic exposure bracketting feature will do this for you (use a tripod to make sure the three images line up properly. Then, either use your editing software (photoshop, paintshoppro etc) to merge them into a single HDR image, or load each into a separate layer and merge them manually, using blend modes and transparency. Next best, if you only have one image, is to open the image, then make 2 duplicate layers. Darken one, lighten another, then adjust the transparence of each layer and erase the pixels on separate layers to leave only those which reveal the widest range in your picture; then merge the layers.
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
11 Oct 08
I am still working with a 4 megapixels up till now. It needs to be changed soon.Hopefully you can upgrade yours too with the help of mylot earnings.
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• United States
11 Oct 08
I don't make that much on mylot lol. I may be upgrading to a 14.0 megapixel as an early christmas present (nothing under the tree for me lol) mom is still thinking about it.
• Philippines
13 Oct 08
well the highest that i have was 12 mps. the photos turns out to be very nice. but now i have to leave with 1.3 mps. i know too sad. ever since i lost my camera. i just need to use my mobile phone.
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@alpha6 (47)
• India
12 Oct 08
Iam taking photo and short video clips in a kodak 8 megapixel camera.Yes more the pixels more sharp is the pictures.Many microstock photography sites allow minimum 5 megapixel camera
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@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
12 Oct 08
My current camera is 12 megapixels. My last camera was 6. In all honesty, 6 was plenty enough for me. I can sell larger prints with a 12 megapixel camera, but most of my sales have been from smaller print sizes anyway. Most people don't buy huge prints.