Hi, all ==
This is my first venture into the Photography Realm at WC. I'm a painter, not a photographer, but I need to take seriously accurate digital photos of my work. Low-rez images that appear on my website are easy, but images that are the basis of Print-on-demand prints sold to customers are "serious bidness."
I've been studying up, and have built my own 4-point lighting based on 5500K CFL bulbs. I'm serious about getting good images, but am limited in both budget and camera. My camera is a 12megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 as appears on DPreview
My problem is that I can't seem to capture images at a high-enough resolution. At 12MP, my camera set to its 4:3 aspect ratio produces only 166ppi at best. 4000px divided by 24 inches of canvas width. I intend to stitch two images together as shown in the illustrations below, but even that won't deliver basic 200ppi resolution.
SEE MY METHOD AT THIS LINK
Basic POD providers require 200ppi images, and high-end PODs want 300ppi.
Assume a canvas width of 24". I'd like for the printed
output to measure 20", but I'm not sure how the math works out. Can I obtain a good result by increasing the apparent resolution via Interpolation
in Photoshop? Is there a better approach?
I intend to invest in a relatively inexpensive 24MP DSLR, if that's worthwhile. It won't be for several months yet, and when it does happen it'll probably be something like a Canon EOS Rebel T6i
That camera's probably not your Number One suggestion, but money's tight. I figure I need the 24megapixels most of all, but I will also rely on the camera for good quality YouTube video
, for gathering subject matter reference images and for general amateur photography.
Any advice is much appreciated.