Please define "pixel peeping".

Started May 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
Daisy AU
Daisy AU Senior Member • Posts: 1,565
Re: Similar to not seeing the forest for the trees

dsjtecserv wrote:

leno wrote:

dsjtecserv wrote:

Gary Fischman wrote:

Pixel peeping is the questionable practice of worrying about individual pixels of an image, and not actually looking at the image itself.

Actually, its the ability to see both the forest and the trees, and use both inputs to optimize the quality of the results.


No Pixel peeping is only applied to those who have lost perspective and not rational about what they are looking at.

Then it is, by your description, a tautology. Pixel peeping isn't looking at pixels, its looking at pixels more than I would. Kind of like saying that anyone who drives slower than me is a piker, while anyone who drives faster than me is a wacko.

In fact, inspection of both a picture as a whole, and at various levels of detail, is a very good way to judge the quality of the image, as well as the characteristics of the system that produced it. An image is comprised of details, and the quality and properties of those details affect the final image. Dismissing the use of 100% viewing as a component of image evaluation, or to learn more about the equipment or processes that made it, is itself a photographic sin, and could be equated with glorifying ignorance.


I believe "the whole is morethan the sum of it's parts" .... I look at the whole and if to my eyes that whole is good, I couldn't care less if there is CA at a pixel level or whatever other issues pixel-peepers look for.  I'm therefore committing a "photographic sin" and am "ignorant".  No worries here.  

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