Micro Four-thirds and the Big Print

It amazes me that whenever anybody sees me shooting with a Micro Four-thirds camera they usually go on to tell me how they need a full size sensor and mega-megapixels to get a really sharp image. “You must make big prints?” I ask. Usually the answer is that they don’t make prints from their files at all. The reality is that Micro Four-thirds sensors are one-quarter the size of a full frame (24x36mm) sensor and yet I can still easily make up to 20×30 inch prints.

I have to confess that I’m from a generation that shot film and we had to make prints to see our images. I made my living in the photofinishing business for a long time and I know that times have changed. Most of my photos go to my blog or Facebook, but I still like to make prints to frame and hang all over the house.

Prints have gone down in price over the years and are so easy to order on-line. One of my favorite labs is Bay Photo in Santa Cruz, California. They made the 30×40 inch print of the train on metal in this photo. You can also print at home using ink jet printers, but I find it cheaper and a lot easier to have somebody else print it for me.

I usually make 16×20 inch prints and buy frames every time that Arron’s Art Supply has a one cent frame sale. That way I can swap them out once in a while to see my new work.

Look around your house and if you’re like most people there is a lot of empty wall space that could be filled with your photos. Why not make them with Micro Four-thirds cameras like I do.

Mark Toal works as a training representative for Panasonic in Portland, OR. The views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos at www.mtoal.wordpress.com. Contact Mark at marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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