Nikons, Old and New

I want to sell work through Fine Art America and offer products like pillows in the shop, but when I saw the image size requirements, I knew I was in trouble. The minimum size needed for anything bigger than a cell phone case is 3500 pixels on the short side. The images from my 12.3 megapixel Nikon D300s have a short side of 2848 pixels.

Obviously, something had to give – either my plans, or my camera. 

My plans won. After checking B&H, I got a quote for my old camera and ordered a refurbished D7100. Money is tight, and I didn’t want to invest in new gear right now, but facts are facts: the D300s just doesn’t cut it any more. 

So tomorrow afternoon, I’ll have a new camera. The maximum image size is 4000×6000, and it has a very fast, 24.1 megapixel sensor. I think this is the same processor in Nikon’s top-of-the-line, I’ll-buy-it-when-I-win-the-lottery, D4. (That baby will set you back $6,000.) Everything I’ve read says it’s a great camera.

I won’t be able to offer larger products for my current images, but I’ll be all set for the future.

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3 thoughts on “Nikons, Old and New

  1. Nancy, I’m sure you’ll love the D7100, but Fine Art America’s image size requirements are *completely* out to lunch – the idea that a D300 isn’t “good enough” for putting pictures on cell phone cases and pillows is laughable.

    4288*2848 is enough to make a 9″ x 14″ image, even printing at 300dpi (and very few pictures actually need to be printed at 300dpi; that’s more suitable for gallery images printed on museum-quality photo paper, where the viewer will have his nose six inches from the print.)

    Realistically, if you’re talking about a making a photo into something like a tapestry or a pillow, a 12MP image would be suitable for a 3’x5′ project (that’s FEET, not inches).

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    • You’re righ. tWe both know lens quality is what counts, not the number of pixels. If I want to do this I have to do it their way. If someone orders a product made from an enlarged image, they cancel the order. Period. They don’t want image quality to be the reason for a return, and from a business standpoint I don’t blame them. In their eyes, more pixels means a lousy lens doesn’t matter as much. They don’t know I use a 24-70 f/2.8 and not some kit lens.

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      • Your customers may be in luck when it comes to ordering large versions of your old, “low resolution” work .

        For prints on paper & canvas, at least, it appears that while FAA recommends printing at 300 dpi, they only *require* at least 100dpi. For instance, if you want to sell a 20″ x 30″ print, the digital file can be as small as 2000 * 3000 pixels and still be acceptable. Here’s their chart of minimum and recommended file sizes for various print sizes:

        http://fineartamerica.com/printondemand.html

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