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What Makes a Good Photo?

Lighting, composition, angles, focus, aperture and distance all come to mind when talking about a good photo. All these things together make an average photo a great photo.

However, if you do not take the time first to make sure your camera is taking photos at the highest resolution possible, the greatest photo never will be good enough to use in different media. We receive photos all the time that look great, but they are not good enough to use in publications or newsletters, and definitely not good enough to be enlarged for posters or banners.

If you want to know if your photo is good enough to use in printed pieces, start by checking how big the file size is, or how many megabytes (MB) it is. If your file is in kilobytes (KB), the resolution probably already is too small to be considered a “good” photo. If your photo is less than 200 KB, it’s not even considered a poor photo for use in printed materials.

To check the file size of your photo, go to Windows Explorer (file folder icon at the bottom of your computer screen) and click on the photo. At the bottom of Windows Explorer, you will see an information bar that will let you know what kind of image it is, its dimensions and its size.

photo size comparison

You can’t change the files you already have on your computer. But you can take the time now to set your camera to the highest resolution possible. If you have been using your phone and it can’t take any larger photos, you probably want to use a different camera to record that event you are attending.

, Graphic Designer, 701-231-8620

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