How Many Megapixels Do You Need?

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16MP–that’s what I say most people need at most though consumers may only really need as little as 8MP. But chances are that if you’re shooting professionally or semi-professionally with the intent of only publishing on the web, you don’t need many megapixels at all. As it stands, we always recommend that folks upload their images at 1000 or 2000 pixels long to the web even as displays become more high resolution.

This is a story that I’ve shared before with other sites but that I’m sharing in a different way here. Years ago, I was a celebrity photographer (a paparazzi, life was tough when I got out of college). My agency wanted photos of the celebrity up close and personal and what I didn’t know was that they wanted crops of just the celebrity. What I actually thought was that they wanted me to get up close and personal. So with a Canon 5D Mk II and 24-105mm f4 L IS, I was able to create many images that the agency loved and could sell to both print and for the web.

Part of this was because I was able to crop in majorly and still give them a useable image. But most folks don’t need to do this and in fact many people don’t even crop their images–they usually try to keep them as they were in the camera or the thought is just an oversight.

Here’s what we mean.

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Sony Shows You the DSLR Owners That You Want to Punch in the Face; But Gives Them a Dreamy Australian Accent

Recently, Sony launched their DSLR No Idea campaign to mockingly show you just how clumsy some people can be with their DSLRs. The intent is to ultimately get people over to mirrorless cameras.

But they’ve now taken to the streets again and surveyed people who shoot with DSLRs. According to Petapixel, many people who own one don’t taken them off of auto. As a New Yorker, an Editor who does customer service for readers every day, and a former employee of B&H Photo, I can say with solid experience that there are so many people out there who shoot with DSLRs and don’t know how to use them.

As a consumer advocate though, it’s quite sickening to see people who purchase something and refuse to take full advantage of the capabilities. I personally see it as someone buying a Mustang to drive through bumper to bumper traffic on a freeway in an overpopulated city. We can blame this on advertising though; as companies always tell people that in order to get better images they can just buy a DSLR and shoot in auto. My only hope is that they have the customer service to aid in something like that.


Sony Announces HX5V/B Premium Point and Shoot

Today, Sony announced updates to their camcorder and camera line for CES 2010. For their premium point-and-shoot line, they announced the new HX5V/B with the help of professional photographer Nigel Barker. A particularly cool feature shown off was wireless sharing with other wireless capable cameras. Another feature shown was a panoramic shooting mode using the new EXMOR sensor that is backlit and helps with low light shooting. This will help with the relatively slow lens with a maximum aperture of F3.5

More info can be found on the specific link Sony’s Website. I’ll be trying to get my hands on a test item and it seems like a product that should fly off the shelves.

Taylor Swift to Document her Tour with Sony Products

Today for CES 2010, Sony brought out Taylor where she let us know that she will be touring in Australia soon. Soon afterwards, she let the audience of journalists and web viewers know that she will be documenting it all with Sony products. Swift said that she believe her audience is really cutting edge and that it will all be done in 3D.

This was done after Sony showed off some of Jimmy Hendrix’s stuff remastered in 3D.