Measure Magazine, Vol. VII

All images were photographed with a Nikon D3300 DSLR of a Canon EOS Rebel SL1

The word "resolution" has its roots in the Latin, originating as the word "resolvere," meaning to loosen, release or explain. The term has expanded from its original meaning over time, and is now used to describe releasing yourself from a problem or mystery by resolving it; when some- thing reaches its resolution, the problem has been un- done. Resolution is often used to describe a promise to one’s self to do or not to do something, such as with a New Year’s Resolution. A resolution can also be used as a formal expression of the objectives and opinions of an assembled group, or to describe image quality. When describing a piece of photography, resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image. A pixel is the smallest addressable element in a visual display, a single particle of color that makes up the larger image. The more pixels in each inch of a photograph, the sharper the image. When an image is pixelated, the pixels in an image are enlarged and scrambled, obscuring the photographer’s details. An image with a high resolution is understandable and sharp, but an image with a low resolution is blurry and unclear. Any image must have 300 pixels in every inch to be considered to have high resolution in print. Every pixel is all or nothing. If it has the necessary quarter of a milli- meter of color, then it exists; if it does not have any color, then it doesn’t. You cannot alter them without altering the image itself. If an artist displaces enough pixels, it will distort the image’s clarity, which is sometimes done on purpose to give the subject of a photograph a dispersing effect, as though they were fading away. Removing pixels takes away the viewer’s ability to see an image clearly. If you lose pixels, you lose the building blocks of any artist’s achievement. Hand drawn art relies on nothing but the stroke of an artist’s hand, but every digital image is the sum of its parts. This magazine is more reliant on pixels than any other issue we have created. In the wake of exceptional changes, we are relying completely on digital art to convey our ideas. Every individual pixel was lovingly created and placed in FM/AM to offer readers inspiration and color amidst one of the most uncertain and disorienting times our wolrd has ever faced. When little else is certain, a pixel is.



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