Digital cameras have other settings called normal and basic. These lower settings limit print size because there are not enough pixels for a high-resolution picture. For example using the fine setting on the 4 mega pixel camera the photograph size will be 2200 x 1700 pixels at a resolution of 72 dpi and will produce a resized 10 x 8 inch digital image at 225 dpi. The 3 mega pixel camera will produce a photograph size of 2048 x 1536 pixels and when resized will produce a 10 x 8" image at 205 dpi. Both of these 8 x 10 inch photo will be excellent for printing. I recommend that digital images should have a resolution of at least 200 dpi for good print quality. Normally the higher the resolution the better the quality of the picture. Kodak recommends a resolution of 225. However, for the internet photos are always at a resolution of 72 dpi. The lowest setting "basic" is used mainly for emailing photos that will only be viewed on the monitor.
A quick tip from Jasc
– Notes on Resizing
If scanning a photo follow these steps. Set the scanner at a minimum resolution of 225 (300 dpi is better) and set the dimensions to the size required and set for true colors. Select the bird and remember you are scanning the bird not the picture.Then save as a Jpeg file.
Tips for Photographing Racing Pigeons
Most modern digital cameras have an excellent automatic mode that will automatically adjust to the conditions. I normally set the flash to go off all the time. Some digital cameras have other settings but if you are not comfortable with them I suggest you use the automatic mode.
Once again, I remind you that "patience is a virtue". You will need it. Good Luck!
A link to Kodak Support Taking Great Pictures