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My thought for the day regarding high megapixel cameras
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Aug 10, 2018 11:36:48   #
zzzynick Loc: Colorado
 
My thought of the day is, I would rather have bigger pixels than more.

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Aug 10, 2018 12:59:16   #
coolhanduke Loc: Redondo Beach, CA
 
I have to agree with fotoartist especially with my D850's. Rather than trying to twist my camera around to a vertical position, where a lot of times the strap gets in the way, I just shoot horizontal for the most part. There are a few occasions where if I have time to compose I'll shoot vertical.

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Aug 10, 2018 13:12:26   #
John_F Loc: Minneapolis, MN
 
Some scenes are more effective as 'portrait' mode than 'landscape' mode. Consider these two images as examples. I prefer the portrait version. Location was main fireplace at Naniboujou Lodge, Lake Superior North Shore, Minnesota.
Landscape
Landscape...
(Download)
Portrait
Portrait...
(Download)

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Aug 10, 2018 13:28:33   #
NorCal Bohemian
 
zzzynick wrote:
My thought of the day is, I would rather have bigger pixels than more.



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Aug 10, 2018 13:57:24   #
Paul J. Svetlik Loc: Colorado
 
Shooting verticals does not agree with the contemporary stretched computer screens and the TV's.
The exception is the panorama stitched shots that are easier to put together with a reduced angle.

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Aug 10, 2018 14:23:37   #
TheShoe Loc: Lacey, WA
 
zzzynick wrote:
My thought of the day is, I would rather have bigger pixels than more.


My thought is that there ought to be more pixels that are larger.

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Aug 10, 2018 14:42:37   #
Daryl New Loc: Wellington,New Zealand
 
good point.

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Aug 10, 2018 15:13:53   #
wdross Loc: Castle Rock, Colorado
 
Fotoartist wrote:
My thought for the day regarding high megapixel cameras is that you can shoot everything horizontal which is easier than shooting vertically, and not worry too much about cropping. Shooting everything horizontal is an advantage to me in quick shooting and flash shooting situations.


My thoughts are one will lose ~2/3 of the pixels one paid for. Since I shoot ~60% of my shots vertical that is a lot of lost of pixels. I think I will stick with switching the camera position like the pros do.

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Aug 10, 2018 15:22:56   #
Toment Loc: IL-FL
 
srt101fan wrote:
Interesting thought, Fotoartist...

I don't do large prints and have always thought that, for me, the main advantage of high megapixel cameras is that they give me the opportunity to look for "pictures within pictures", i.e. the option to create images by cropping. I know this makes the SOOC purists barf but it works for me!


Be sure to shoot RAW...

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Aug 10, 2018 15:42:29   #
srt101fan
 
Toment wrote:
Be sure to shoot RAW...


Yep! Started shooting Raw not too long ago...still learning Raw development!

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Aug 10, 2018 16:22:22   #
epd1947
 
Fotoartist wrote:
My thought for the day regarding high megapixel cameras is that you can shoot everything horizontal which is easier than shooting vertically, and not worry too much about cropping. Shooting everything horizontal is an advantage to me in quick shooting and flash shooting situations.


Some other thoughts on shooting in "landscape" orientation - how do you typically view and/or share images? If you are like most folks you views photos mostly on a computer screen - screens that are obviously in a landscape orientation. When posting portrait orientation images the size of the image looks quite small in comparison. Like you, I tend to shoot mostly in landscape orientation (probably 85% or so) - and I also will sometimes see a good vertical possibility when viewing an image after the fact (or even maybe a 1:1 occasionally, especially on Instagram) - if that's the case I don't hesitate on cropping for even an instant. Unless I was intending to print something up to 30x40 inches the crop still has plenty or resolution to give me a very decent print.

Final thought - do what works well for you.

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Aug 10, 2018 17:15:29   #
Kmgw9v Loc: Miami, Florida
 
I use an 800E, make every attempt to compose the scene as I shoot; but when I need to crop, I am always impressed with the quality "pictures within pictures" that the 800E can produce.
That advantage tells me I need the 850.

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Aug 10, 2018 17:16:49   #
jimjams
 
I’m such a new thing in photography- I am learning so much just by reading your viewpoints and though I don’t always understand all the abbreviations, I find that when I’m next with my camera, I’m thinking more about my composition and what I’m doing..
All invaluable to me.
As for filling the frame or cropping, I’m wheelchair bound and often do find it problematic getting closer in for my shot - and cropping then is my only option.
However, it has (as a newbie), not occurred to me that I may compromise the quality of my final (cropped) image as a result. Something to just be aware of perhaps.
It’s all one big learning curve for me :)

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Aug 10, 2018 21:22:51   #
Idaho
 
I concur. It does make some shooting easier.

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Aug 11, 2018 00:27:36   #
stanperry Loc: Spring Hill, Florida
 
Fotoartist wrote:
My thought for the day regarding high megapixel cameras is that you can shoot everything horizontal which is easier than shooting vertically, and not worry too much about cropping. Shooting everything horizontal is an advantage to me in quick shooting and flash shooting situations.


Ive never found a good reason to shoot on the vertical, with the exception of relatively close up full body shots, which nearly demand it. The number of situations I’ve personally encountered requiring vertical orientation I could count on my fingers.

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