Megapixel, that ubiquitous word that gets tossed around so often with little understanding. But what is a megapixel and why do we need to understand its importance in our work? The answer is directly tied to our editing and the intended purpose of our photos. By now you should know that a pixel is a singular dot of color captured by the camera's sensor. The sensor being an array of multiple photovoltaic elements arranged in columns and rows that, when the shutter is clicked and the data collected, forms an image. A singular sensor can have millions of 'collectors' or photovoltaic receptors. So rather than saying, "I have a 6 million pixel camera," we simplify it by saying, "I have a 6 megapixel camera," mega meaning million. Unfortunately that 6 megapixel camera won't always give you 6 megapixels.