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There is a ton of confusion around megapixels, and many people truly scottish calendars believe that megapixels have to do with image quality – the higher the number of megapixels, the better the quality. scottish calendars Unfortunately, that’s not true. So, if you were using that as an excuse to buy a new camera, that’s not going to float with me, although your spouse may buy it! Megapixels actually determine how large you can print your final photograph. That’s all. scottish calendars If you’re not going to print anything larger than 8x10, then a 5 megapixel camera is absolutely all you need. In fact, it’s really more than you need, but since 5 megapixels is about as few megapixels as you can buy these days, we’ll leave it at that. If you want to routinely print 13 x19 inch colour prints, then you’ll only need a 6 megapixel camera. Pros who sell their prints know that the bigger the print, the bigger the pay check, and maybe that’s why so many favour the 16x20 inch large print format, and the printer recommended for that is Epson’s Stylus Pro 4800. Although it technically prints 17 inch by as wide as you want to go, the size that everybody’s trying to hit is that 16 x 20 inch sweet spot and the 4800 does it wonderfully well. However, Epson doesn’t make 16 by 20 inch paper at this point, so you’d have to get paper from another manufacturer or be prepared to cut down larger sized paper to 16 “x20”.

Colour management, the art of getting your colour inkjet prints to match what you see on the monitor, has become dramatically easier in recent years, but the key to getting a colour management system to work is getting your monitor colour calibrated. A few years ago, this was a costly and time-consuming process usually only undertaken by paid consultants, but now anybody can do it because it’s very affordable now, and it pretty much does all of the calibrating work automatically while you just sit there and watch. Probably the most popular monitor calibrator in use by pros these days is the Eye-One Display 2 from GretagMacbeth, recently purchased by X-Rite. It sells for around $230, and that’s pretty much all that stands in the way of having your monitor match your prints. Well, that and downloading the free colour profiles for the paper you’re printing on. If you buy Epson papers, or any other major name brand professional inkjet papers, you’ll definitely want to go to the website, go to their downloads page for you particular inkjet printer, and download their free colour profiles for the exact paper you are using. Once you install these free colour profiles, when you go to Photoshop to print your photo, you can choose the exact printer and paper combination you’ll be printing to. This gives you the best possible results and true colour for your particular paper and printer. The pros do this every time and it makes a huge difference in the quality of their prints.

Your printer has a colour management system, and Photoshop has one, too. Having two colour management systems going at the same time is a guaranteed recipe for bad colour. So if you’re printing from Photoshop, you should definitely turn off the colour management system for your printer and use Photoshop’s instead (in other words, let Photoshop determine the correct colours.)

Selling photos to a stock agency is a dream of many photographers, pros included. Now you can start selling royalty free stock photography today thanks to iStockphoto.com, which is a community of photographers all around the world who sell their photos online as stock.

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