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Taking High Res Photos with P3P

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Sarp Sekeroglu, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. Sarp Sekeroglu

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    Hey guys, new here. I am glad I found this forum.

    I had a client who wanted some aerial shots but they wanted to use them at a trade show and was planning on printing the photos at 36-inches x 76.5 inches. At that size my test photos came out quite shitty.

    I am wondering if the limit is the 12 MP camera or maybe I can advance my photos with adjusting settings.

    Anybody had any experience using P3P for large size prints?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GadgetGuy

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    Are you shooting DNG or JPG? Use DNG. Set the frame size to 4:3 and do not use 16:9 (it just crops the 4:3 into a 16:9 frame, throwing away pixels). Use the AEB setting for 5 shot exposure bracketing to give you even more latitude in post. That's all you can do camera side, to get a good exposure with high dynamic range. Post process in LR and/or PS. Satisfactory big prints from a well exposed shot will depend upon the 3rd party software used to interpolate the result into a big print. There are some better ones than LR and PS. That being said, the P3P is a far better video camera than a still camera. Good luck!
     
  3. dhaslam

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    They should look reasonably OK at that size when viewed from a normal distance. In the early days of digital photography a local supermarket made window posters using an A0 printer with product photographs taken with a 640k camera. Up close the posters seemed very unsharp but in a shop window they looked fine. You cannot do much to change the actual image but the shutter speed shouldn't be too low, even if ISO has to be increased a little. Also prop balancing might be needed. Use exposure bracketing and use cross lighting or back lighting of the scene if the light is very flat.
     
  4. Sarp Sekeroglu

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    Thanks guys! Will try right away. I was shooting JPG + RAW so I will try to play with the settings and do the post processing.
     
  5. iammrbt

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    What better ones? Not arguing just wondering as I use those 2 and wouldn't be opposed to trying something new.
     
  6. Meta4

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    Start with the best image you can get, ensure there is no motion blur but it's only a 12MP camera and a very basic one so there are limits.
    You could try making larger original images by shooting multi image panoramics like this
    941-21aa.jpg
     
  7. GadgetGuy

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    I don't use them, as PS and LR have gotten much better, but a dedicated enlargement program might be able to squeeze out a slight improvement.
    Genuine Fractals, Perfect Resize, and an older article from 2012 with current comments discussing the topic can be found here:
    OnOne Perfect Resize Software Review
     
  8. GadgetGuy

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    Use only the RAW DNG for all your post processing, and use the smaller, baked JPG just for mockups. I shoot in J+R as well.