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02-06-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Sharpness setting?

Why is there a sharpness setting on the camera?

Shouldn't the camera normally take as sharp a picture as possible?

Is there a drawback to stting the shrapness setting to maximum?


02-06-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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The sharpness setting in the camera is for jpeg images. All digital images benefit from some sharpness. How much, it really depends. Setting it to maximum may work for certain images but it will look unnatural on most others. Try to experiment with all the settings using typical subjects you like to photograph and compare the results. Chose the setting that looks more natural.

Even better, shoot in RAW and set the sharpness in post processing. That way you are in control on a per photo basis. Furthermore, many images do not require sharpening the entire area. If you have a photo with a nicely blurred background, you do not want to ruin it by sharpening everything. Using a mask will allow you to sharpen only the objects you want.
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yeah wonder about this too with the k7 1.10 upgrade. why do i have sharpness, fine sharpness and fine sharpness+. whats the difference. never bothered to test differences.
02-06-2012, 03:22 PM   #4
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Sometimes, the lens is so sharp when you don't want it to be sharp. For example, if someone is taking a picture of pimply old me, I prefer if you choose the softest setting possible. In fact, go to F22.

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Some useful info re sharpness and sharpening settings:

Tutorials – Sharpness

Guide to Image Sharpening
02-07-2012, 02:54 PM   #6
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Short answer: the sharpness referred to is actual a somewhat "artificial" sharpening - something done to create the illusion of more sharpness than is actually present. This is done by, for example, exaggerating the contrast near edges. A little bit of that can create the illusion of a sharper edge. Too much of it looks like someone drew an outline around your subject. Finding the right balance is subjective, and will also depend on the specific image.

Some recommend setting the sharpness relatively low in camera (or shooting RAW, so no artifical sharpening is applied at all) and then waiting until the PP stage to decide how much to add You can always set the default in your PP program to add a generic amount you find useful, but then reserve the right to override it for certain images. But if too much was added by the camera, it can't be undone later. And that's why it can pay to be conservative with the application of this artificial sharpening in camera.

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