Help getting good quality photo when enlarging

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  1. fourzaniacs

    fourzaniacs New Member

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    I was hoping to find out how to get a better quality photo when I enlarge my photos. When I an elarge past 5x7 the photo get grainy. Can someone give me advise.
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  2. KCook

    KCook Well-Known Member

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    This is usually tricky. Especially difficult if you are enlarging from film. For digital images there are software tools called noise reduction. This may be a standalone program, or a drop-in tool for an image editor. Semi-advanced editors will include tools for blurring, which can accomplish noise reduction too. If you like research, here are links to a couple of articles on this subject -

    GoingManual.com

    Photo Noise Reduction Tutorial

    If the particular image has a lot of value for you, the easy way to do this is pay a professional photographer to make the enlargement for you. In the end many of us just get a better quality camera, for better quality images in the first place.

    Kelly Cook
     
  3. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    By grainy do you mean pixelated (so you can see the individual pixels)? If that's the case your digital camera is probably quite old and has only one or two megapixels. A camera with at least 3 megapixels should be able to produce a smooth 8 x 10 image without visible pixels. Today's digital cameras, with more than 10 megapixels, should be able to produce poster-sized images without pixelation.
     
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    If you want to enlarge the picture then you have to compromise with the quality of the image. But there are several software in the market that resolve your problem.
     
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    For ease of doing this, you may want to look at Genuine Fractals made by Award Winning Plug-Ins for Adobe Photoshop - onOne Software. It does a great job of resizing. Remember always shoot at max resolution on your camera. You may want to read up on dpi and ppi as they are often confused.
     
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    You may take a photo of the existing photo with a high resolution camera (higher than the first one) than enlarging it will not get it pixeled, but you will get a clear larger image of the current one.
     
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