I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...

Started May 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
GaryW
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Re: I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...
In reply to Great Bustard, May 25, 2013

Great Bustard wrote:

...based on this post:

..... They were surprised to hear they were digital. Several, including buyers, said they generally don't like prints from digital cameras because they are too "self-conscious" in that they have too much unnecessary detail, too obviously photographic, and too unpleasant to live with on the wall, even if initially striking.

What do people think?  It's a very interesting observation, in my opinion.

I realized in my early days of digital that oversharpening was a problem.  There was a lot of talk about a "digital look", compared to film.  I think this was 90% oversharpening, and 10% noise reduction, at least back then.  Nowadays, maybe it's 30% oversharpening and 70% noise reduction.  With more pixels, there's less need for sharpening (or at least it's less visible), but it's still there way more than it should be.  Meanwhile, noise reduction is really making a mess out of the detail as well.  I'd rather have a more "smooth" look (neutral sharpening) and allow some noise.  (Although, some noise is better than others; it's interesting how some RAW converters dither the noise or something to make it look better.)

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