How many megapixels should my digital camera have?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Photographer Jenny Berman discusses how many megapixels your digital camera should have.

    Jenny Berman

    I have been a professional photographer for over twelve years. Since the ninth grade, the support of friends, family, and mentors opened a door to a different world, one behind a lens. My first inspiration was Jerry Uelsmann. Uelsmann is a photo-surrealist from the 60’s before the advent of digital art. He used multiple enlargers, hours of darkroom time, and perfected a unique style. His innovation and mastery of technique still drive me today. I learned my craft at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, where I studied with the finest photographers and printers in the world. Through Robert Frank, Anne Leibovitz, and many other established photographers and organizations, I learned the many factors that comprise a perfect photograph; subject, lighting, the finished print, and of course the person behind it all. In July of 2002 I ventured on my own, and started Ashton Imaging Inc. With pride, I bring every photograph to life, and am able to send clients home with much more than a print; I present my clients with a story and an idea or value they never noticed. I bring my photographs and your photographs together and preserve the chronicles of your life.

    Host: How many megapixels should my digital camera have?

    Jenny Berman: You really don t want to go under six. Six is pretty much where you want to be at, six, seven, eight. My cameras here on the studio are 12. If I were to buy a point-and-shoot camera to carry around the parks with my family, six megapixel, seven would be great because I am not going to print anything bigger then that. Your larger megapixels are for billboards, I mean you can spend $33,000 on a digital back just to get billboard size prints, but if that s not your goal, you don t need it.