Electric Pictures

I have been re-visiting old negatives from around ten years ago. I took to electric pictures around 2001 wondering if digital would catch on. I still have my darkroom as somewhere for the washing machine to live.

This picture “Peaches for Sale” was taken in Ansuois in Provence, France on a hot and sunny day in July 2002. I love the lazy laid back attitude of the guy.

The 35mm TMX negative was scanned at 3200 dpi giving around a 16 x 10″ (42mb) file for printing at 240dpi. The picture you are looking at was Exported from Lightroom at 800px on the long side at 72 dpi this is a 497kb file (0.5mb).

All computer monitors have a screen resolution of 72dpi. It is important not to have an over large file for pictures in a post as they take ages to load. So 800px on the long side at 72dpi is a good place to start.

File size needs to be appropriate for the use of the file.

The Lightroom standard dpi for prints is 240dpi. A common rumour is that prints need to be printed at 300 dpi. This does not apply to Inkjet printing, 300 dpi is used by the Offset printing industry in half-tone printing.

Also the larger the print the dpi can be lower, I have printed A2 prints at 130dpi because the viewing distance is far greater.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS

Please share your thoughts on this post

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s