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Old Feb 20, 2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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is it good or bad ? does it show the real results of a picture or does it get you in trouble by being too critical on pictures?
Is there a time and situation where it is a good tool ?

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Old Feb 20, 2011, 10:51 AM   #2
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If you want to see how sharp an image is, or how much noise it contains, there's no other way. Downsampling an image will reduce detail and average out noise.

See: Why a resized photo is no use in showing camera quality
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 11:36 AM   #3
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I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with pixel peeping. It can be, and often is taken too far, though. Just a matter of keeping in mind the practical aspects.

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What do you do with your pictures?

Do you print? How large?

Put them on facebook? Flickr?
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Pixel peeping is a technical analysis tool. It can be used to see why a photo is "soft" by allowing one to perhaps differentiate between camera movement, subject movement or missed focus. It can also be used to compare two lenses, two filters etc. It doesn't necessarily help in aesthetic evaluations.

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Old Feb 20, 2011, 2:29 PM   #6
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I'm a pixel peeper and, as Peripatetic suggests, I like large prints.
I can always soften a sharp pick in pp, but i can' not sharpen a soft pick.
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i always look at my pictures at 100% on the screen, i think if it looks half decent at 100% then its a winner
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How do you evaluate composition at 100%?

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Old Feb 20, 2011, 8:25 PM   #9
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It all depends on what type of images you are peeping. If you're going to critically dissect images from your $200-$350 point-n-shoot, I think you're going a bit overboard. If the images look good at normal, full-screen viewing on your PC monitor (average 17-19", or larger), it will more than likely look good for small to mid sized prints.

When it comes to dSLRs, I think peeping is more important, but the same thinking from above applies to this as well for the average consumer.

To professionals or enthusiasts, peeping seems to be much more important, especially when large prints are involved.
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 7:52 AM   #10
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Thank you for your replies, I appreciate it

The majority of my pictures will be 4x6 prints with an occasional shot printed at 5x7 maybe 8x10 if its real special
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