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What resolution really means.

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

What happens to an aging photo? 

It’s like this. You know those times when you see a photo where a football field has been filled with people all dressed in different coloured shirts. Looking down from above, you can see that they form a Canadian flag. Cool. 

But if you start to take random people away, it gets harder to see the flag pattern, until it’s basically unrecognizable.

The resolution on photos works the same way, but instead of people, there are pixels. The printer needs a certain number of pixels to be able to “see” the photo. 

Older photos that have lower resolution don’t have enough pixels to print in a larger format. The image needs a higher pixel count to achieve the same quality you see on your phone or computer. 

As technology improves, and your photos age, it’s like more people are disappearing every year, as the printers need more and more pixels to print the photo. To compensate printers give you print warnings instructing you to make the image smaller. 

The field today would have 4 times as many people as the field in 2010.

I can help you ensure your memories are safe and find the right way, or size to print so it looks like the field is as full as your memory.

by Emily Doukogiannis

Emily Doukogiannis is a Toronto-based portrait photographer, expert storyteller and compulsive photo book maker. Her commitment to telling people's stories is something Emily does in her spare time via Emily D 4 Change and countless media outlets.

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