Thursday, October 15, 2015

You Don't Need More Megapixels

Gas Station Sunset - Ehrenburg, California
Captured using an obsolete Samsung Galaxy S cell phone.
In my last post I said, "It's worth pointing out... that resolution is overrated. 50 megapixels may soon be the standard, but Apple has clearly demonstrated that 8 megapixels are enough for full-page magazine ads and billboard displays."

Street photographer Eric Kim yesterday on his blog said, "More megapixels, more problems."

I continued in my post, "Your computer monitor is only capable of showing a few megapixels at a time. It has to down-sample a 12 megapixel file in order to display it. You'll only notice the difference if you zoom way in. The advantages of smaller resolution are a quicker workflow (your software handles the smaller files like a pro while it may sputter a little trying to handle the huge RAW files of high-resolution cameras) and less storage used."

It's interesting that we're both saying the same thing at the same time. We've both came to the same conclusion. We don't know each other. We don't talk to each other. I read his blog, I'd be a bit surprised if he reads this one.
Hot Kitchen - Goodyear, Arizona
Also captured with an old Samsung Galaxy S cell phone.
The reason that I bring this up is that it validates the point. I don't need tons and tons of resolution. I don't need mega megapixels. You likely don't either. As the resolution wars heat up, it's easy to think that more is better, but, really less is more.

Camera manufacturers and retailers do a great job of convincing people that their gear is outdated and inferior. Every year they come out with something that's "better" and if you're not using that gear you are missing out. Your photography isn't reaching its full potential because you didn't drop several grand on that new thing that's being raved about.

What you have right now is more than good enough, whatever it is. That camera you used to own but sold to get what you have now was plenty good. You don't need "professional" gear. So called "entry level" gear is better nowadays than "professional" gear was 10 years ago.

Don't worry about gear. Worry about photographic vision. Make great images with what you have, and don't think about what you might create with that other "better" camera if only you could afford it. Better gear will never make you a better photographer because photography is not about gear, but about what is in the photographer's heart and mind.

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