How big could I get a D90 photo printed?

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  1. eric-holmes

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    I had a lady email me and ask what the largest size of a photo I could have printed. Millers will print a 30x40 but it says it isn't recommended due to my pixel count I guess. I thought for sure that I could get it that big.

    Photo dimensions...
    4288x2848 Pixels
    300 PPI
     
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    Uhhhhhh generally as long as you are around 250 dpi you should be set.
     
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    I am pretty sure PPI and DPI are two different things. DPI refers to printing itself, right?
     
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    Yes, that is true, i just confused myself :). And 30x40 is pretty huge to be honest, next lowest would probably work with your pixels, I've only printed off something once and it worked out fine but was a bit of a guess.
     
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    Anyone else have experience with this?
     
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    You can go as low as 150, for something that large, and at the proper viewing distance...

    This was asked like twice last week, do a search, KMH posted tables and more info.
     
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    I've printed 20x20 from 350D files, which are smaller than yours, and they looked fine.

    20x30 would definitely be doable, but I don't know about bigger than that... How much is a 30x40 at Millers?

    It might be worth a test print just to see what it looks like, if it's cheap enough.

    24x36 is the biggest Mpix does, and it's $45 unmounted on E-Surface paper... A little high for a test to me, but if you might be doing a lot of them it might still be worth it.


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    I did add canvas to make them square though, not crop. They were 3456x3456.
    (They were mostly black, so I just added more black to make it square.)
     
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    You should ask Thom Hogan how many MPs are used to shoot a roadside billboard.

    Going by his logic, It would have to be in the 1,000,000 range.
     
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    That's why I came here to ask. I went into to Photoshop and enlarged the image to a 30x46 then I just cropped it to a 30x40 and that seemed to give me what I needed and Millers didn't give me the warning. Will that work ok?
     
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