By using a specialised suite of software it is possible to enlarge images many times whilst retaining and even improving detail and quality.
The first four pictures have been copied from a Google search. The originals are about 5.5cm x 4 cm each and a resolution of 72dpi. They have all been "cleaned" up and enlarged 6 times to about 32cms x 24cms up to a resolution of 300dpi, meaning they are suitable for printing at that size. The fifth photo is of Tommy Balmforth using a picture from the Two Lives Balmforth website.
As can be seen the photos, even using low resolution web originals, are not only larger but are clearer and sharper. However, by copying or scanning original photographs it is possible to make far larger enlargements and ensure even better detail.
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