Image Quality - what does it mean to you?

Started Oct 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Image Quality - what does it mean to you?
In reply to Elyharbour, Oct 14, 2013

Leaving subject composition aside, here's pretty much the order in which I analyze an image. And I'm sure everyone has their own way to assess an image. I first look at colors and exposure: are they too saturated or faded, is there something irritating like clipped highlights, inaccurate colors, etc?

Then my eye moves on to assess sharpness and contrast over different areas of the image. Vegetation and grass and generally minute details make a great test for any camera.

Then I like to check for noise, not just on the surface, but also at different zoom levels. I do this a lot with pics taken by others or with different cameras.

In the end though, what makes or breaks an image is if its quality suits the purpose. I for one tend to go into minute forensics when my purpose is printing or enlarging. Otherwise I tend to keep a pic if I liked it at first glance.

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