Hi, I have bought a Sony Cyber-shot with 16.1 megapixels and a zoom lens 5x, in order to take photos of large paintings (4ft x 4Ft) and be able to upload them for print reproduction in various sizes.
My question is this:-
On the menu items for "shooting" there is a long list of options (some I have missed out because they are obviously not relevant, such as burst settings which selects a single image mode or burst mode, and underwater modes.
The main ones are as follows:-
-select pre-set settings to match various scene conditions
-Shoot still images using minimal functions
-Set the direction to pan the camera when shooting sweep
-Select the image size for still images,panoramic images or
-Select the focus method
-Select the metering mode that sets which part of the
subject to measure to determine the exposure
-Set to automatically detect shooting conditions in
intelligent auto mode
-Set DRO function to correct the brightness and contrast
and improve the image quality
Which setting do you believe I should use bearing in mind I need the pixels to be as high as possible for them to be uploaded onto a POD site and to be reproduced from small to very large prints?
Also when I take the photo, I have been using the zoom facility on the camera to try to make sure the whole screen is full of my painting and focused as best as possible, is this the right approach?
I have noticed the closer I stand to the painting the higher the pixels are when I upload the picture, however this results in part of the picture being cut off and if I stand too far away I get too much of whats around the painting in, wall etc. Is there a way to focus in on the painting without any of the background showing and at a high level of pixelation?
I would be very gratefull if someone could be kind enough to help me with these questions...as I am a bit stuck...