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hollyjack0142
5th September 2010, 01:09 PM
Hi all,
I am after a bit of advise for a really proffesional quality finish on wedding pictures.

I am looking to take some pics for my brothers wedding ( not until jan) but I wanted to take some full body pics of them and get them blown up on to an acrylic base or canvas.

I have bought the 14-54mm lens which is perfect for smaller photos, but as soon as I try to blow the image up, they are not very good quality at all, however, in a 7x5 they are perfectly crisp.

Maybe it is the printer or the paper quality, I am not really sure.

Can anyone recommend a great lens?? - the price wont really be a problem, as I do have a while to save.

Also who would you recommend for the printing.

Any suggestions would really help, as I am seriously thinking of doing a photography course as well as I am loving it.

theMusicMan
5th September 2010, 01:14 PM
Do you have an example of an image that you say doesn't blow up well to 15x12...? I have had poster prints done (36x24) from shots taken with the 14-54mm lens - nowt wrong with any of them.

Maybe it is the settings you are using on the camera i.e. high ISO maybe.

Post an image with EXIF and someone here will advise.

David M
5th September 2010, 01:31 PM
I have had poster prints done (36x24) from shots taken with the 14-54mm lens - nowt wrong with any of them.

The 14-42 kit lens is capable of nice 15x12 prints, I had a double page magazine spread that was taken with my sample.

Jim Ford
5th September 2010, 01:52 PM
I have bought the 14-54mm lens which is perfect for smaller photos, but as soon as I try to blow the image up, they are not very good quality at all, however, in a 7x5 they are perfectly crisp.


There's something very seriously wrong somewhere - probably with your technique!


Can anyone recommend a great lens?? - the price wont really be a problem, as I do have a while to save.


You've already got one of the best standard zooms available for _any_ camera.

Jim

benvendetta
5th September 2010, 02:25 PM
My advice would be that the 14-54 should be fine but I have enlarged to A3 with kit lenses without any problems. I would also suggest getting the prints done professionally then at least you have some comeback if they arn't as you hoped.

hollyjack0142
5th September 2010, 02:37 PM
I am not sure how to upload photos!!

Nick Temple-Fry
5th September 2010, 02:46 PM
You are saving the files at the maximum possible size I hope, both in camera and in any post processing.

Sorry if that is too obvious.

To upload photos - click on gallery (above) then upload photos (rhs at top), it really is quite simple though does sometimes cause problems. If so the group will help you through them

Nick

OlyPaul
5th September 2010, 02:50 PM
Hi all,

I have bought the 14-54mm lens which is perfect for smaller photos, but as soon as I try to blow the image up, they are not very good quality at all, however, in a 7x5 they are perfectly crisp.

This suggests that it is your technique/ lack of knowledge that is the culprit and not the lens (unless the optics have been knocked out of alignment)

For instance is the shutter speed you are using fast enough to stop camera shake (blurring of the image) at the focal length you are using. For example at 54mm a minimum shutter speed of 1/100sec would be advisable.


Maybe it is the printer or the paper quality, I am not really sure.

If it is not a photo quality printer or/and you are using cheap paper and printing at draft quality setting, then this is a possibility.


Any suggestions would really help, as I am seriously thinking of doing a photography course as well as I am loving it.

Posting a image with Exif or giving the aperture and shutter speed would enable us to give advise, but based on what is here I'd say my first suggestion is likely to be right.

By the way this image of my granddaughter taken with the E-30 (same sensor as the E-620) at ISO640 with a lens that is no better than the 14-54mm and is hanging on the wall as a 20x16inch print and is sharp and clear.:)

http://paulsilk.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v16/p614525553-5.jpg

skyman1
5th September 2010, 11:35 PM
I am not sure how to upload photos!!

Hi resize to a max of 800 pixels on longest edge then they should upload easy
Mick

David Gethin
6th September 2010, 06:30 AM
Hi

This was taken using the E-30 (as Paul says the same sensor as the E-620) and 14-42mm kit lens (the 14-54 is a better lens). Even allowing for the fact I screwed up on settings and took this at 1/80 sec (it was shot with off camera flash so I should have shot at 1/250) this self portrait has been blown up to 16x12 and looks sharp with lots of detail.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/891/Self_Portrait-7.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20548)

We really need to see an example of a shot that hasn't enlarged well for you to be able to advise.

On the plus side, you should already have the right equipment to take a good portrait shot so you have saved yourself some money *yes

*chr

theMusicMan
6th September 2010, 06:57 AM
I am not sure how to upload photos!!
Try this...

Click on Gallery > Upload Photos > then follow the screen prompts

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/how_to_upload.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/3268)

hollyjack0142
6th September 2010, 09:30 AM
Thanks for the advise.
I am still unable to upload photos thought unfortunately.
I am sure it is something i must be doing, however, even though I am compressing the picture files, it wont upload stating that the file size is too big.

skyman1
6th September 2010, 09:38 AM
Thanks for the advise.
I am still unable to upload photos thought unfortunately.
I am sure it is something i must be doing, however, even though I am compressing the picture files, it wont upload stating that the file size is too big.

I have found that you must resize the image to 800 pixels on the longest side to be successful in uploading :)

xp1
6th September 2010, 11:15 AM
Are you using Photoshop ??. If so I can pm a tutorial on how to resize your pics and also enlarge to poster size with no image degregation. Whatever software you use you need to resize (make smaller in file size and dimentions) your images to be able to upload to the Internet.

It seems that you have made your image smaller in inches but it is still a large file. You now need to ( SAVE FOR INTERNET ) and adjust the actual file size from say 3.5K to 700 and also make sure it is set to 72 dpi and nothing higher.
Hope this helps

hollyjack0142
6th September 2010, 07:53 PM
Wow, dead confused now, I may call upon my brother to help me get them on. I am not using photoshop though, would you recommend as the easiest way?

Rod Souter
6th September 2010, 08:49 PM
Use IrfanView to resize your images to 800x600, then use it again to sharpen them.

It's free from www.irfanview.com

HTH

Rod

Rocky
6th September 2010, 09:29 PM
Set up an account with http://photobucket.com/
Upload photos there, they are automatically resized. I load mine to the 800x600 on the "more options" link.
You can then just post the link to your photo directly into the message post here. Just by copying the "image code" link under your photo on Photbucket.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a105/Rockyfella1/P8291726s.jpg

snaarman
6th September 2010, 09:44 PM
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a105/Rockyfella1/P8291726s.jpg


Woo..

smart picture :-)

Pete

hollyjack0142
7th September 2010, 01:46 PM
Ok not sure if I have managed to do this right!! hope so.

photo of boy iso 200, f4.5, ss800, auto wb
photo of girl 0n slide iso 200, f5.6, ss800, auto wb
photo on merry go round iso 200, f4.0, ss 200 auto wb

<a href="http://s1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/?action=view&current=Crealyholiday2010224.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/Crealyholiday2010224.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/Crealyholiday2010346_NEW.jpg




<a href="http://s1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/?action=view&current=Crealyholiday2010138.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/Crealyholiday2010138.jpg" border="0" alt="in the park"></a>

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/Crealyholiday2010138.jpg



<a href="http://s1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/?action=view&current=Crealyholiday2010346_NEW.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/Crealyholiday2010346_NEW.jpg" border="0" alt="Holly on merry-go-round"></a>

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/Crealyholiday2010224.jpg

Rocky
7th September 2010, 07:57 PM
Hollyjack. Not sure what's gone wrong with posting the photos.. but from the two I can see:-
I assume these are taken with the 40-150mm kit lens
The first one @ 150mm is taken using portrait settings on your camera.. This setting is using the sharpness setting to soft, which could be your problem.
Best off using aperture setting.
The second photo is much sharper, but if you do a little processing you can bring out more detail.
here is the same photo with a touch of tone mapping, and unsharp mask, in PaintShop pro. I'm no expert at this but you can see the difference.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a105/Rockyfella1/park.jpg

Here's a great review/explanation of your camera and settings.. Worth the time to study it. Hope this helps a little.
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/e620-rev.html

Rocky
7th September 2010, 08:03 PM
Ok not sure if I have managed to do this right!! hope so.

photo of boy iso 200, f4.5, ss800, auto wb
photo of girl 0n slide iso 200, f5.6, ss800, auto wb
photo on merry go round iso 200, f4.0, ss 200 auto wb

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa406/hollyjack0142/Crealyholiday2010138.jpg




http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a105/Rockyfella1/Girl.jpg

hollyjack0142
7th September 2010, 08:36 PM
Oh my, they look so much better!! Thank you, I will try adjusting them a little then. Thanks!!