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PdS May 9, 2005 1:02 PM

What can I do to get sharp pictures: in camera sharpening or post processing in PS or any other software? Thanks. PDS

perdendosi May 9, 2005 2:15 PM

Well, it's been said around here before-- which would you rather have improving your images: some small chip with programs written to get a good, default result, or a large CPU with the ability and flexibility to modify results that you want on an image-by-image basis?

Almost always the answer is using a computer to sharpen because (1) on an individual picture basis, it gets better results (if you know how to use the software) (2) it can be modified later-- if you use in-camera sharpening, you're stuck with that sharpening on the image.

With that said, in camera sharpening is better because (1)it eliminates a post-processing step (although images from my Digital Rebel would require post-processing sharpening, I think, even if I were to set it on the highest level of in-camera sharpening...) and (2) it's done in-camera (which, if you're entering say a photography contest, might be an important distinction!)

JohnG May 10, 2005 7:35 AM

perdendosi wrote:
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Almost always the answer is using a computer to sharpen because ...
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With that said, in camera sharpening is better because...
Not sure what you're saying on this one. One paragraph argues post processing is better then you say in-camera is better - which method are you exactly recommending.

IMHO post processing will 99% of the time yield better results. However, almost all non-DSLR cameras automatically apply some sharpening. And for the 4 years I used a digital P&S I can't say I ever got an image that was oversharpened. In fact, towards the last year when I got photoshop I ended up doing additional sharpening. I didn't even know what a difference using USM in photoshop could make until I tried it - then suddenly my images popped. The other nice thing about doing the heavy sharpening in post-processing is you can do it selectively - i.e. you may only want to sharpen part of the image (for instance a dog in the grass - you may want to sharpen the dog but leave the grass a little more blurred).

Even if you don't want to sharpen in post-processing I still recommend getting some sort of software - PaintShop Pro or Photoshop Elements for the other benefits. You'll be amazed how much better your pictures turn out when you make some minor tweaks!


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