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Old Mar 10, 2011, 6:39 PM   #21
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Raise your hand if you've ever had a digital image made into a 20x16 print. MY hand is still down.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 8:06 PM   #22
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Yes I am rasing my hand 16x20 is the largest I have ever printed a photo and it was from a Sony A350 camera image.

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Quite a lot, taken with a whole range of cameras from 6MP and up. You can see a difference but only if you look really close, at normal viewing distances the is no issue.
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Raise your hand if you've ever had a digital image made into a 20x16 print. MY hand is still down.
If a 23 by 15 high def monitor counts then my hand is up (actually a 28 inch HannsG monitor).
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 10:19 PM   #25
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The two of us here, raise our hands. Been using 4x6 as proofs...as in the old days...you must remember them...8x10s are great for 'reviewing' and enjoying.
We frame and hang prints. Give them.
Not everyone has to have more Mps. you do not.

Edited to add, thank goodness we have a lot of wall space!
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I have an 11x14 and two 8x10's hanging on the walls and all were taken with a Minolta film camera. Guess I'm not too excited about my own photos anymore.
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I rarely framed and hung my photos...usually printed and put in album, or used as wallpaper or gave to people who wanted mine for prints. When I met my bf who has been a photographer for years and printed and framed I saw a different side to it. A value to my own art. As well as an a pure enjoyment of seeing my own art on my own walls, don't see my friends walls often enough. Seeing mine on my monitor, though large, is not the same. Framed seems more 'finished'. And, more permanent. More meaningful.
I still get excited by something different, something quirky I may find and shoot. Snow and icy water, water so still the reflection of the mountain is more like the original...trees coming out of the fog, or a simple pair of folded hands in B&W.
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You forget with film, the colour layers were stacked on top each other. And a 35mm frame was stated to be equal to 10 million pixels.

Most of todays ccd's / cmos sensors have the sensor elements side-by-side so to compare you need 30 million pixels on a full size sensor, the alternative is Sigma's FOVEON cmos sensor which duplicates the way film was made by having 10 million sensor elements stacked in three layers on top of each other.

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People look at their smartphones from a distance of about a foot. They look at their computer monitors at a distance of about 2-3 feet. There's no real need for higher resolution displays that aren't also bigger.
A while back I pointed out the amazing Retina Display in iPhone 4. Since then, there is iPad (3rd generation) with Retina Display which is 2048 by 1536 pixels (that's 3,145,728 pixels).

27-inch LED Cinema Display and Thunderbird Display have resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (that's 3,686,400 pixels).

Well, the Retina Display has arrived on the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, at 2880 by 1800 resolution that is 5,184,000 pixels on a 15.4-inch Retina display. In other words, 5MP is minimum on a notebook at regular working distance.

One can logically expect Retina display will come to larger monitors in near future. It would be a shame not to take the full advantage of the retina resolution when displaying photos.
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Normal (20/20) vision means that the human eye can resolve something as small as 1 arcminute or 60 arcseconds. At a viewing distance of about 15 inches, the Retina Display in the iPhone 4 resolves to about that. Anything with an even higher resolution would be wasted on most people. The same is true of the new iPad at a viewing distance of 18 inches. The MacBook Pro has a larger display but it also is typically viewed from a distance of about 21 inches.

A 20 inch desktop display with a resolution of 1920x1080, when viewed from a distance of 30 inches, falls short of those of the various Retina Displays, but not by much.
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