Please define "pixel peeping".

Started May 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 16,101
Re: 100% ?

jrtrent wrote:

Gerry Winterbourne wrote:

"Pixel peeping" is a derogatory term used to describe people who examine photographic output at the pixel (100%) level.

Is it still pixel peeping when a person always downsizes their pictures to the native resolution of their viewing device?  For example, for viewing with the card reader in a plasma television that's got a few years on it, I always downsize to a resolution of 1152 X 768; for use on my computer monitor, I have a set saved at 1620 X 1080.  For either device, images load more quickly and I see no drop in image quality; in fact, they usually look better after downsizing (maybe it's the Lanczos3 "smoothing" filter FastStone uses when it resizes an image).  I'm always viewing at 100%, but it's the entire image, not just a part of it.

No.  Although viewing at 100% could logically mean what you say, it actually has the technical meaning of looking at the basic file from the camera at 100%; it's also called viewing "actual pixels".  Indeed, to be truly 100% it has to be a full-size image (raw or best quality JPG).

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