Sunday, August 8, 2010

Image Size, Resolution, and Cropping - Photography with Imre - Episode 28

I changed my workflow to create Episode 28 on image size, resolution, and cropping, and the idea worked well even though I needed a couple of takes to get it just right. Instead of winging it like I did for the other Photoshop tutorials, I wrote the script for the whole show, recorded the narration, and then played back the audio while I recorded the screen video. Certainly sounds more professional and I got in the information I wanted versus "umm-ing" my way through.

There are lots of things I'd like to say in the supplemental post for this episode, especially in regard to resolution of printed images. As usual, keep your eyes peeled for that in the next few days. Right now I'm off to devour some burgers! L8r!


  1. Thank you fRANK d and nice shots on your Flickr site!

  2. Great ! thanks. I love your videos.
    You mentioned Pixels and image Dimensions.. but as far as resolutions goes.. very little was mentioned on why that value was there, or what values should we use.. I am guessing you will say, "it depends", then again, a bit explanation on on what resolution is recommended for several scenarios would be great. Thanks again.

  3. Hi Jaime, thank you for the compliment, I'm glad you enjoy my videos! I actually intend to write about that in much greater detail in the supplemental post. This post is just for the video release. I've been fairly busy this week but hopefully in the next couple of days I should finish writing it, and that post should more completely fill in those blanks.

  4. Great Job Imre - thank-you so much for sharing your knowledge. You stuff is some of the best I have seen.

    I have a question I hope you can help with - due to the difference in screen resolution and print it is often hard to judge how the print will come out, unless you print it and look at it. This can waste a lot of ink and time. Often what looks like a noisy, slightly blurry shot on the screen creates a pretty nice print. Any thoughts?

  5. Hi lightcatcher, I really appreciate the comment and I'm glad you're enjoying my work.

    What you're saying is certainly true in many cases and is why I prefer to go by the numbers, at least in regard to print size (that is, judging how large the print could be). The noisiness or blurriness can be due to how the image is resampled/displayed on the monitor and is generally more apparent when the image is viewed at less than 100% size. In addition, depending on the size/type of monitor, that too might affect this; I personally haven't noticed a major difference in my setup though, but I use a large 37" HDTV. Perhaps try changing the resolution and see if there is one that presents the photos better.

    Another recommendation I can provide is that when you are processing your photos to be printed, view them at various sizes to get a better all round feel for them (e.g. at 25%, 33%, 50% and 66%). It may take a few prints at first, but you'll probably start to get a feel for what the image looks like on screen and how it turns out on the printer. Hopefully this helped, good luck!


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