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Friday, 16 May 2008

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Good tip. Sometimes, I think the pixel-peepers are literally missing the whole picture...

Pixel peeping should be considered a crime. I have two shots of a recently renovated, historic court house here in town. One was taken with a Olympus 510 the other with a Nikon N80 and Plus-x 125 iso B&W film. On screen @100% the digital file ate the film's lunch. Much cleaner and and appeared to have more detail. But when digitally printed at 8x10 most all that advantage went out the window. The film based image now appeared to have the same level of detail as the digital based image. Most all the grain that looked so crappy at 100% was now gone. Just A hint of it in the sky which personally doesn't bother me. Now this is not a digital verses film reply. I usually pick up my digital first. This is a beware of the 100% crop statement only.

Interesting advice. It reminds me of the Star Trek: Next Generation effects team who had to remake all the computer consoles on set for the cinema because the tv versions didn't actually have any readable text on them...

Whether 25% or 50% view is ideal will depend on your monitor and desired output resolution. I use 50% view for overall judgements, and 100% view for retouching. Bruce Fraser recommended learning to assess edges for sharpening at 200% or even 300% view. These higher magnifications look scary at first until you learn how to interpret the edges, but can be useful to get the sharpening just right.

Cheers,

Joe

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