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« on: February 22, 2008, 02:03 »
We often have discussions about megapixels.  I found the paragraph copied below useful.  If you would like to read the post I took it from, it's here http://www.photographybay.com/2008/02/19/10-tips-for-breaking-into-commercial-magazine-photography/ 

8.  Use realistic equipment.

You dont need a $5,000 warhorse to build an image archive you might use to sell 10 photos a year.  But you do need a bare minimum.  Most magazines publish in 270 dpi (300 dpi for artistic or glossy publications).  At 270 dpi, a ten megapixel camera can make an acceptable two page (or double-truck) image in horizontal orientation.  A six megapixel camera can handle one full page vertically.  Those are the baselines.  If you can afford ten megapixels, get them.  If you cant, dont sweat it; theyll be affordable any day now.  Do not waste editors time with images made on a two megapixel point and shoot camera (publication of images like that effectively ceased three years ago).  Dont waste their time with ancient slides, unless you were especially good at slide photography.

« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008, 09:09 »
"Ancient" slides work perfectly well if scanned properly (and you can test it looking into a National Geographic magazine where there's still plenty of great images scanned from films and slides). It is just too expensive for microstock unless you have a really great image.
« Last Edit: February 22, 2008, 16:32 by ale1969 »


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