Photoshop Files: 72 DPI vs. 300 DPI

Infamous for its versatile usages, Photoshop is compatible with many projects and occupations. And because it is a powerful and precise software, it has precise measurements and adjustments. This is where photo resolution comes in; which is how clear and sharp a photo appears. A photo’s resolution can be measured in DPI, or dots per inch. This measurement is used by printers to know how many dots they must rationally place when printed. Based on this post’s title, it’s safe to assume that 72 DPI probably isn’t as good as 300 DPI, because the more dots present, the better detailed the picture will be. But if it’s true, then why use 72 DPI? I wondered myself until I found out that 72 DPI is the standard measurement for computer screens. Or at least it was. It was a confusing fact because many computers are pretty big in size, making an image of 72 DPI seem small or at least blurry. And that’s when I researched some more and found that because technology has improved so much, that DPI differences aren’t noticed on device screens and therefore really don’t matter.

72 DPI

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Back in the 1980s when computers were a newer concept and smaller, Apple’s Macintosh had a 9 inch display and 72 DPI. And despite the evolution of computers, many people still hold onto the stigma that a computer’s resolution should be 72 DPI. So ignore what I said in the introduction: DPI is not a measurement for computer screens (anymore), but for printing out an image. Now that it’s clear, lets focus on image resolutions when printing. Image size and resolution go hand-in-hand, and the chosen DPI affects the overall size of the photo when printed. Additionally, an original image’s PPI-pixels per inch-can affect the image size when changed by the DPI. For example, if you have image with 500 x 500 pixels and change the resolution to 72 DPI, the image may grow or shrink in size to match the amount of dots you want an image to have. Overall, 72 DPI isn’t that bad, but what if you compare it to 300 DPI?

300 DPI

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Just for clarifications (because I’m we’re both a bit confused), an image with the resolution of 72 DPI looks fine on a computer screen so don’t bother changing it for a better photo unless it’s going to be printed. In this case, most photographers print their photos with the resolution of 300 DPI. This is the standard industry quality because the higher amount of dots will make the image more detailed and sharper. If the image resolution as 72 DPI, then the photo would be a good size, but pretty blurry. Now you’re probably wondering why Photoshop is in the title when it was only mentioned once. When printing an image, you can edit an image’s resolution on Photoshop before printing it. How to change image resolution: Image > Image Size > Resolution. That being said, I can conclude this blog here. We covered the differences, the myths, and the methods of image resolution. Hopefully, you got the gist of it but if not here’s the websites I used for DPI and the differences of 72 and 300 DPI. Good Luck!

Trips, Grips, & Holds

Mastering the Usage of Tripods and Camera Grips & Holds

As a photographer sharpens their skill of photography, they usually start to learn the best ways to handle their camera and their tripod. This is either done by habit, something that suits your methods, or simply by being taught. Every photographer is different and because of that, there’s many ways to hold and grip a camera for shooting. The same goes for using a tripod. So lets go down the trail of trips, grips, and holds.

Tripods

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A tripod is a three-legged stand for a camera to keep it steady and in place. Tripods can be very helpful when taking photos that require precision and constant placing, when the camera itself is very heavy and becomes a burden, or when you need a photo with a low shutter-speed. When using a tripod, you can raise your camera and tilt it to the sides and front & back, but compared to hand-holding the camera you are limited in movement. Many professionals prefer holding their cameras when shooting, but it’s always good to posses a tripod if you take photos as a full hobby or profession.

Battery Grips

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To be honest, it took me a while to fully understand what a battery grip was (mainly because I called it camera grips at first). But now that I’ve gained knowledge, the name itself pretty much explains what a battery grip is. Battery grips are camera extensions attached to the bottom of a camera which stores an extra battery and can be used as an extra grip for photographers. To cater to photographers, the grip comes with an extra shutter and other buttons for different camera holds. And many photographers using heavier lens use the extra weight of the grip to balance the weight out. This accessory isn’t mandatory for amateurs nor professionals, but they’re very convenient for long shooting periods.

Camera Hold

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And then there’s camera holds, mistaken for camera grips (which we both now know aren’t the same thing). As stated before, every photographer is different, and camera holds aren’t an exception. That being said, there are right ways and wrong ways to hold a camera for shooting. To keep it brief, I’ll only cover the best ways to hold a camera when standing, sitting, and laying down. When standing up, it’s best to keep your elbows close and lean into the camera just a bit. It’s also best to hold the camera under the lens. When sitting, you should lift your legs up so you can rest your elbows and stabilize the camera. And if you have to lay down, keep your arms close together like the way you position your legs.


Hopefully these simple tips and information is helpful in the future. Or it can be a refreshing post about the knowledge you already possess. However, there’s much more to know about tripods, camera grips, and camera holds! For more information about trips, grips, and holds, check out these websites for each topic respectively! Enjoy

Digital Cameras

I remember going on a field trip with my school at a very young age, and my father buying me a disposable camera to take pictures. I also remember having no idea on how to take those photos, but giving it whirl anyways.

Thankfully, not only do we have better cameras today, but we carry cameras with us anywhere we go. (On smartphones, if you couldn’t figure it out). There are many types of cameras used in daily life and occupations, their differences varying on their uses. We’ll cover the basic types of cameras.

Compact Cameras

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Compact cameras are a basic type of camera that’s commonly used by the average person. They’re small, easy to carry, and usually come with automatic settings to make it simple to use.

Unlike other more professional cameras where you control every setting of the camera, all one must do it look and click. The camera adjusts the exposure, focus, and everything in between. This makes a compact camera a great start for a beginner photographer.

Zoom Compact Camera

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Unlike the regular compact cameras, zoom compact cameras have stronger camera lens to increase the magnification. For the most part, the camera has automatic settings like the compact camera, but they could also have manual settings and can record in HD (High Definition). If you want to up your game in your photos, this is a great personal camera to use, although not the best for professional use.

Advanced Compact Cameras

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The final version of a compact camera is the advanced compact camera, with comes with manual settings like exposure and focus. These cameras are still light and easy to carry around and use, but its features make it better than the average compact camera.

It gives a photographer more control over their shooting and produces higher-resolution photos than a compact camera (and even your phone). If you want to gain more experience handling a camera in manual mode, this type of compact camera is perfect.

Adventure Cameras

Now most cameras you bring most likely withstand being submerged in water or function in severe weather. Which is why geniuses created the adventure camera. They’re very small like a compact camera, but are durable and able to shoot beautiful photos in any condition.

Their cons although are the lack of interchangeable lens and they don’t have optical or electronic viewfinder. Basically, there’s no way to see exactly what you’re taking a photo of until it’s uploaded on another device. But don’t let that stop you from going on a wild aspiration-seeking adventure!

Digital Single Lens Reflex

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Now on to the heavier stuff: the Digital Single Lens Reflex- or DSLR. Now this type of camera is seen more often because they are used by beginners and professionals alike.

To break this camera apart, a DSLR comes with one lens where light travels through to reach the digital sensor. This allows a photographer to see their shoot right after taking it. This differs from a regular SLR, which used films instead of digital sensors. This camera comes with interchangeable lens, manual options, along with many other shooting modes. This powerful and versatile camera is very expensive, but worth it for it’s amazing capabilities.

Compact Mirrorless Cameras

Did I say that I was done with the variety of compact cameras? Ignore that. This type of compact camera is very similar to a DSLR, but are smaller and lighter. However, the main difference is unlike a DSLR, there’s no mirror for the light to bounce off to. It goes directly in to the sensor to be seen by the photographer.

These cameras gives you control over the settings, comes with different lens, different modes, and can be paired with other devices via WiFi. This makes a compact mirrorless camera a great and cheaper alternative to a DSLR.

Instant Camera

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And finally we reach the current camera of aesthetic: the Instant camera aka Polaroid. This 1940s invention which recently got more popular truly deserves recognition for being quite ahead of its time. Instant cameras allows a photographer to take a photo and receive a developed hard copy from the camera itself.

It’s pretty lightweight with many types of designs, but there’s not much you can do besides adjust the exposure. Not to mention the lack of manual control and viewfinders (besides the final product). It’s a pretty complicated camera to manage that takes practice and skill to master. But the instant developing makes it worth while.


I’m sure I didn’t cover the entirety of cameras, as they have continued to develop and span out over decades, but I got the basic and more commonly used cameras. Every camera is used differently, so it’s refreshing to find a camera that can do the specified job with reasonable ease. With the help of this website for it’s knowledge, I hope this list helps you find the best camera for your needs. Enjoy snapping!