Enlargement question

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  1. avil

    avil TPF Noob!

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    I just did an enlargement for the first time with a camera that I have access to at work. I shot the inside of a church with a Nikon D60 at 100 ASA and made a print that was 11 x 17. I have a local guy who runs his own small lab and custom prints everything himself, I was really surprised with how good the print looks and for my eye I can see very good detail.

    I want to make a print to use as part of an auction we are doing and I would like to make a larger print say 16 x 24. At that size I am still at 150 dpi so it should hold together pretty well, correct. I can do a custom size in between no problem; my guy prints any size you want.

    Thanks in advance for the advice, I know what I can do with a 6 x 6 negative but I am just getting up to speed with all the digital stuff.
     
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    The term ASA was abandonded many years ago, and replaced by ISO. They mean the same thing but youngsters won't know wtf you're talking about :lol:.

    Was the image captured as a JPEG or a RAW?

    If it was as a JPEG up to 80% of the color data was discarded when the RAW data file was interpolated in the conversion to JPEG. Any further editing from the native capture could cause banding and/or posterization.

    All d-SLR image sensors collect RAW data.

    With the D60 Image Quality meni set to Fine, Large, the native pixel dimensions of an image are 3872 x 2592 pixel's. With no cropping, a properly exposed and focused image could be printed 38.72" x 25.92" at 100 ppi. Your 16x24 is not likely to be a problem and is relatively inexpensive to have test print made.

    Additionally, in image editing software like Adobe Photoshop an image can be resized larger and re-interpolated with the software creating pixels to accomodate the size increase.

    There really is little limit to how big a digital image can be enlarged. Look at billboards.

    Of course, the distance of the viewer must be taken into account but few look at a 6 foot x 9 foot image (the biggest I've had made from a D60, nice fee too!) by standing very close to it.
     
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    I have printed 16x20's and 16x24's at 150ppi and had excellent results. Go for it.
     
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    I did shoot the original in the RAW format and then imported into Photoshop for resizing. Will give it a shoot.
     
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    I have done the same...with a 6mp D70s and always excellent results. As long as the image itself is top notch in regards to sharpness, contrast, etc, there should be no problems.
     
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    In photoshop, just make sure you do not resample when you resize.
     
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    Got it. Thanks.
     

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