Would you call this pixel peeping:

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In reply to Mike CH, 7 months ago

Mike CH wrote:

Basalite wrote:

Mike CH wrote:

To me, pixel-peeping is more about the quality (of a limited amount) of pixels. It seems to me that you are more concerned with the content - and if there is interesting content in the small details, then zoom in to your hearts delight.

All of the pixels determine "the quality" of a digital image. They are all important.

Perhaps.

Not "perhaps." Nothing else forms the image.

But are they all equally important?

Of course.

And are they more important when viewed in isolation? Or less?

They are all important, period. No better example exists than understanding how a Bayer sensor works and why when compared to a Foveon sensor the difference in image detail at 100% is so dramatic.

You can easily have a whole slew of perfect pixels, which add up to a completely uninteresting image. And vice versa.

That's an entirely different thing. One is technical excellence and the other is artistic excellence. The former is also objective while the later is subjective.

When you pixel-peep you are more interested in the quality of a limited area of the image than in the quality of the whole image (by necessity, as it is more difficult to see the whole image when a part is enlarged to 100%).

Nonsense. Viewing at 100% is the only way to judge the *technical quality* of an image.

Pixel-peeping also has the bad connotation of measurebating with test charts et all...

The term is idiotic to begin with. Viewing an image at 100% has a "bad connotation" only with those that are ignorant.

Do note that I am not saying that you should not look at an image at pixel level. Of course you can and should as circumstances require. One should just not forget that that is not the whole story, eh image.

As it relates to the technical quality of an image, it certainly "is the whole story."

Regards, Mike

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