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We discussed whether or not more megapixels were better, what megapixels even mean and how they impact your photos in Q&A Ep 33 and now we’re back on Megapixels with a follow up question about whether or not it’s better to have more megapixels so you can crop down your photos after you’ve taken them.

Our question comes from Rifl3man who says:

Great videos tall man! My question for you, regarding megapixels, is: besides the printing thing that you explained, aren’t more megapixels good in situations when you want to crop a photo, removing unwanted environment detail? (for example a photo coming from street photography)

I just bought my d3300 with 50mm 1.8g…should I shoot in full megapixels mode (24.2) or go lower???


You definitely want to shoot in full megapixels, and having more megapixels does give you the flexibility to crop, but there’s always limitations to that, which I explain in the video, including why I always suggest trying to get the composition right in camera!

Your camera is an amazing tool, but it’s no good to you if you don’t know how to use it!

If you want to take control of your camera and use it to take amazing photos like a pro, check out my Guide to Shooting in Manual Mode video course.