300 dpi????

F

Foxyredhead

Guest
Hello all! New to the site and have a couple of questions. First off I am just starting off in photography so I have little to zero experience. My first question is that I had a potential future client ask me if her images would be 300 dpi? I tried to google this and see what it is and everything I am reading is like a foreign language for me. I really need someone to bring it down to the simplest form as possible lol...also I have been playing around and edited some photos I have taken through Picnik. Am I even able to make this 300 dpi through Picnik? Sorry for silly questions I am just trying to start from scratch.

Thanks in advance everyone!!!;)
 

nickzou

No longer a newbie, moving up!
Joined
Jun 12, 2011
Messages
593
Reaction score
40
Location
Ottawa
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Ummm... If Picnik is worth a damn, when you set up your print document with it, there should be an option for 300dpi printing.
 

Vtec44

Been spending a lot of time on here!
Joined
Nov 13, 2008
Messages
3,491
Reaction score
1,880
Location
So Cal
Website
www.jamestangphotography.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
DPI=dots per inch, typically refers to the print density. Generally the higher the density, the more details and colors your printed image will have.
 

Ballistics

Been spending a lot of time on here!
Joined
Jun 5, 2011
Messages
3,781
Reaction score
633
Why are you taking on clients in a field you have zero experience in?
 

LightSpeed

TPF Noob!
Joined
Oct 4, 2010
Messages
1,527
Reaction score
404
Location
Earth
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
homer_facepalm.jpg
 

thereyougo!

TPF Supporters
Supporting Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2010
Messages
2,135
Reaction score
1,449
Location
UK
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
Here we go again! OP if you don't know what 300dpi means or what difference it makes you're not ready to charge for your services. 300dpi is seen as minimum standard for quality prints. As your dpi goes up, the maximum non interpolated size of your media goes down. Try printing at 72dpi and quality will be pretty poor. Photoshop and Lightroom defaults at 240.
 

ph0enix

TPF Supporters
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2009
Messages
1,085
Reaction score
213
Location
Raleigh, NC
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
Here we go again! OP if you don't know what 300dpi means or what difference it makes you're not ready to charge for your services. 300dpi is seen as minimum standard for quality prints. As your dpi goes up, the maximum non interpolated size of your media goes down. Try printing at 72dpi and quality will be pretty poor. Photoshop and Lightroom defaults at 240.

I'm sure the OP's head is smoking right about now ;)
 

KmH

In memoriam
Supporting Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2009
Messages
41,401
Reaction score
5,702
Location
Iowa
Website
kharrodphotography.blogspot.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
:banghead: :gah: DPI and PPI Explained – Andrew Dacey Photography

Digital images have PIXELS per inch (PPI), not DOTS per inch (DPI). Like Vtec44 mentioned DPI is an indicator of printer resolution.

Pixels are square or rectangular. Dots are round.

It takes multiple dots to render a single pixel because the limited number of printer colors have to be mixed to produce all the different tones in a scene. A JPEG can have a maximum of 16,777,216 colors, though few of them have that many.

It is likely someone told the client that all prints need to be made at 300 dpi, a notion that persists. No doubt, the more resolution a print has the better, but as prints get larger they are viewed from further away allowing for less resolution. Billboard size images are often printed at 10 PPI or less.
 
F

Foxyredhead

Guest
I am doing them for free for practice. Thanks for asking! Geeze!
 
F

Foxyredhead

Guest
Ya know I am really glad I became a new member of a forum to get some help and information. Maybe you all should ask before judging someone. Thanks for those who actually answered and helped me and screw the rest of you that were assholes! Im leaving as quickly as I joined!
 

matthewo

Been spending a lot of time on here!
Joined
Dec 8, 2011
Messages
1,445
Reaction score
645
Location
the south
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Is this your first internet forum?
 

thereyougo!

TPF Supporters
Supporting Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2010
Messages
2,135
Reaction score
1,449
Location
UK
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
I am doing them for free for practice. Thanks for asking! Geeze!
Consider this: you do the 'gig' for free. A few years down the line, after you have gained experience you pitch for a product shoot and your prospective client sees your first work. For arguments sake lets say they don't turn out well. If I was the client I'd not take you on.

Why? After all they were just for practise and you didn't get paid. The reason is simple: you either have no pride in your work or think you're better than you are. Neither of these qualities get you hired. Only take on any kind of work when you're already good enough to be paid for it.

Think very carefully before you do a job pro bono. It rarely does you too many favours. If you don't have justified faith in yourself (and being a newbie means you're automatically not justified) you'll not command and deserve good money. Never hand over to a client sub-par work. It stays on your record. Wait til your ready. The fact that it's free means nothing. Practise is fine. I'm a musician. I'd never hand over sub par practise session recordings to be pressed on to CD for sale or for free. Once it's out there you can't take it back
 
Last edited:

KmH

In memoriam
Supporting Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2009
Messages
41,401
Reaction score
5,702
Location
Iowa
Website
kharrodphotography.blogspot.com
Can others edit my Photos
Photos OK to edit
Ya know I am really glad I became a new member of a forum to get some help and information. Maybe you all should ask before judging someone. Thanks for those who actually answered and helped me and screw the rest of you that were assholes! Im leaving as quickly as I joined!
Welcome to the real world.
 

Most reactions

New Topics

Top