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Resolution size of images for Proof CD resolution so that client can enlarge greater than 4x6?

Jessica Sims , Jul 03, 2008; 09:42 p.m.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Any advice would be very welcome.

A client has asked for a proof CD for 4x6 images of their wedding. Normally I sell prints only however I have negotiated a good price.

My problem lies in the resolution of the images that I will give them. I don't want to give them images at 300 dpi as I fear they will enlarge them and thus lessen the likely hood that they will spend more money on enlargements of said prints.

What resolution would you recommend to give them a nice 4x6 print but not offer them any hope at a decent 5x7 or larger? After all the price I negotiated wasn't that good ;)

Thanks, Jessica

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Dave Richhart , Jul 03, 2008; 09:48 p.m.

Response to Resolution size of images for Proof CD resolution so that client can enlarge greater than 4x6

Do you object to watermarking the images?

Rosina DiBello , Jul 03, 2008; 10:11 p.m.

Response to Resolution size of images for Proof CD resolution so that client can enlarge greater than 4x6

You have to give a good quality print if you are selling it to her.... yes that is the risk we take that they get enlarged and scanned... you might want to put your studio name in the corner of every print.... and even write a professional letter reminding her of the copyright laws...

If you give her prints of poor quality it might reflect badly on your studio if they get around to other potential clients....

Some labs offer a rough finish layer on the 4x6's ( i think fullcolor.com and/ h&h lab) for .10 cents each additional print and this gives for a horrible scanned print.... i've even heard clients relate back to me "i tried to scan the print and it came out really poorly, do you know why?" and then i had to gently explain the copyright law to them....

David Schilling - Chicago, Illinois , Jul 03, 2008; 10:22 p.m.

Response to Resolution size of images for Proof CD resolution so that client can enlarge greater than 4x6

If they can get a good print at 4x6, they're not likely to hesitate for settling for just an OK print at 8x10, 11x14, or larger. If you're going to sell the images I would suggest a hi-res file. You can only control just so much......

Errol Young - Toronto, ON, CA , Jul 04, 2008; 10:29 a.m.

Response to Resolution size of images for Proof CD resolution so that client can enlarge greater than 4x6

I agree with David. Photographers are going to have to revise their product. I do a number of weddings and events where the cd with hi res files is the product. Many clients are jjpg savvy and can create their own hard copies. We will still need to offer albums for those who want. We changed to digital so now is the time to embrace it.

Bill Clark - Minnetonka Minnesota , Jul 04, 2008; 11:39 a.m.

Response to Resolution size of images for Proof CD resolution so that client can enlarge greater than 4x6

I include high resolution files for my clients as part of the up-front investment. I would rather have them obtain an enlargement off of those files rather than using a low resolution file or scanning proofs.

The only print orders I do now are the greater than 8/10 sizes.

Dawn Kelly , Jul 04, 2008; 01:16 p.m.

Using Irfranview's Information screen, a 100 DPI 640x480 should yeild basically a 4x6 print. All you can do is try it and see how it works. Create a file and take it down to your local do-it-yourself photo machine and have a 4x6 and a 5x7 made of it, and see if that works for you.

Kelly Flanigan , Jul 04, 2008; 03:15 p.m.

Re What resolution would you recommend to give them a nice 4x6 print but not offer them any hope at a decent 5x7

With enlarging; there is never going to be a "NO HOPE" image and a "NICE" image when the "NO HOPE" is only 5/4 larger than the "NICE" image; whether on clay tablet; film or digital! :)

Jessica Sims , Jul 04, 2008; 09:26 p.m.

Thank you for your responses. I appeciate all of you taking the time to share your expertise :) JS

C Jo Gough - Carmel, CA , Jul 05, 2008; 12:17 p.m.

Always >>> 300 dpi ... 8x12 crop - -20+ meg files


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