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Image quality describes how well a photograph matches a perceived technical ideal.

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If I want to shoot darker shots, is it better to increase the lighting and then darken in post to retain clarity?

I'm just getting started - in my last shoot, I was using a 6D with a 50mm/1.4. In low light, the pictures looked fantastic on the viewfinder but on the computer screen, appeared extremely grainy. ...
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Checking images for corruptions [duplicate]

Is there a tool that can be used for batch checking images for corruptions such as these (in this case, occured due to error while moving file),
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Canon Power Shot A2200 [duplicate]

Canon Power Shot A2200 digital camera. Photographing my paintings to make art prints for sale. Need high-res pixel #. Say, equal to 300dpi. Best I'm at now is 72pixel. I know camera can do much ...
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In terms of “image quality”, is the sensor the only spec of a DSLR I should look at when shooting RAW?

There are so many specs which don't have any influence on your RAW file. I'm trying to isolate the factors that matter for image quality only. For example, I'm not sure about the processor : of ...
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Recommended F-Stop for older Canon 35mm F/2 [duplicate]

I have a few year old Canon 35mm F/2 lens (Here it is on Amazon). I've been shooting wide-open, but I realize that doesn't make for the sharpest photos. What would you say would get me the sharpest ...
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How to take the night skies and meteor showers? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5200 and last night I went to take few night sky pictures hoping to capture a passing meteor. There were plenty of meteors I seen last night, but I was able to capture only one. ...
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How can I get everything out of 120 film?

I've just begun shooting 120 film in a 1956 Yashica Mat LM. I'm new to film photography, but I know that 120 film is supposed to have the equivalent resolution to a 100 megapixel sensor. Most film ...
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Will a TIFF or JPEG be a better choice for detailed representation of an old painting?

I wish to purchase a high resolution photograph of an old painting to project and copy. The images are either in TIFF format, which is 148.8 mb, or JPEG, 24.3 mb. Would either of these give me the ...
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What is the difference between a very expensive flash and a average priced flash?

Let's say between a Profoto B1 flash and a Nikon SB-910 flash. I understand flashes have TTL, HSS, Output power, etc., that makes them different, but let's say in a completely equal scenario that a ...
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Why are my Sony DSC H300's images good on the camera, but poor on the computer? [closed]

I bought a new Sony DSC H300 camera. Each time I upload images to my computer the picture quality shows a big change. The picture quality on the camera is good, but the picture quality on the computer ...
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Is there a meaningful image quality difference between the Canon Powershot SX410 vs SX510?

Can you show me a picture difference between the Canon Powershot SX410 and the Powershot SX510? Is there a noticeable difference between 12 megapixel and 20 megapixel here? I want to buy one of these ...
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What is the best resolution and quality for website [duplicate]

I'm thinking the pictures on my website are too large and heavy. I was looking for the best resolution and quality to export my pictures. I found some information that says 72dpi is enough resolution ...
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Are there significant image quality differences between similar small sensor cameras?

My now old compact camera died of a lens failure, so I'm in the market for a replacement. What I'd do if I were looking for a new SLR/mirrorless-esque camera would be to go and read the thorough ...
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How to retain the most data for editing?

I have started a bit of astrophotography, an important part of which is the editing of the image to bring out stars etc not even visible after a ~40 second exposure. To do this the image must retain ...
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Why do different smartphones with the same megapixel camera resolutions have different quality of image?

There are different brands of smart phones available. Frequently two different big brand smart phones (Nokia, Samsung , Apple, Sony etc.) with the same Megapixel count have a different quality of ...
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How do I compare camera signal-to-noise ratio based on camera sample images?

I want to choose a camera with the best signal-to-noise ratio within my budget. I want to ignore producer's marketing BS and reviewer's presumptions that "something's really cool". I know about ...
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How can I compare different lenses in terms of quality?

I am currently looking to buy a new lens to replace with kit lens, having an extra reach, faster, better image quality and also better video quality. Without buying all the lenses I have shortlisted, ...
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What causes chroma noise in an image sensor

I'm trying to understand what is causing chroma noise in an image sensor, specifically why it is so visible when the ISO is set to a very high value (which for CMOS I guess means that there is an ...
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Imbalance in green pixels

Question in brief: at a sensor level what are the typical causes of an unequal response between adjacent green pixels? Background: I'm experimenting with a sensor, which is typically deployed in the ...
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Why is my Sony A57 creating low res JPGs?

I have used a Sony A57 since they became available. I always have the resolution set for 16M and FINE for JPEGs. I just took an important set of photos that were intended for large blow-ups. But ...
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Does sensor type affect image quality? [duplicate]

I've recently discovered snapsort.com and use it to compare other cameras with the one I own. When comparing Pentax k10D with the K-x model I learned that the K-x has a CMOS sensor and that ...
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Can the specs for a digital camera indicate to me the color quality before buying?

Is there an item in a camera's specifications that can indicate the quality of color reproduction in that camera? There are a lot of things you can find out about a camera before buying from reading ...
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How can I properly take advantage of this equipment?

I'm a newbie to photography yet I have been asked to "figure out" how to do certain things. Now, before ending up here I went old-school and picked the manual to the camera I was given (Nikon D3100), ...
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Will using a DX lens on an FX Body compromise ISO performance? [duplicate]

In terms of ISO, is the ISO performance compromised? Say I was using a 50mm DX on my FX body, would I have a lower quality ISO performance vs an FX 50mm on my FX body?
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What is the performance of a mirrorless system camera compared to DSLR in dim light? [duplicate]

I work for a photo studio with a focus on wedding photography. Yesterday, I came across an system camera (the Olympus OMD) and saw some astonishingly strong results shot with that camera. I was ...
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How much of a difference is there saving as RAW over JPEG? [duplicate]

I've heard about RAW over JPEG's for image quality but how much of a difference is there? is there a way of showing a visual representation in quality?
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Does shrinking the upscaled picture improve its quality (in terms of blur)?

Take a look at the following diagrams: The original picture: The upscaled (2x, bilinear) picture: In both cases the first item in the first row is the input image. There is its 2d fft next to ...
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How do you downsample an image in Photoshop CS6?

I've tried reducing size but the quality is greatly reduced as well, not to mention custom pixel ratios will make it look ridiculous. What should i do? EDIT: I have used a 1936 X 2592 JPEG picutre ...
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How to remaster images from an early digital camera?

Background: I've got a lot of old photos taken by my first digital camera Epson PhotoPC 600 from 1997 and I'd love to make them look as good as possible. I do know they'll never look like those from ...
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What's the advantage of an expensive industrial camera over a consumer device for microscopy?

I am looking into CCD cameras that can be attached to a microscope. I understand that there is a premium to pay for anything labeled "industrial", but I don't really understand why they cost so much, ...
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How can I detect upscaled photos?

I have a collection of JPEG photos, each 500 to 600 pixels on the longest side. How can I detect which ones have been algorithmically enlarged from a substantially smaller photo? An online ...
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Are there still two classes of Canon IXUS/Powershot/IXY/ELPH around?

When I last time bought a Canon Digital IXUS compact camera, there were basically two series available: "Ultra-compact" Digital IXUS 65 ... 70 ... 75 ... 85 IS ... (Europe) Powershot ...
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Image quality - related to camera or not? Blurry, artificially sharpened images

I bought a D90 camera recently which was well used with 67k shutter actuations. I took some photos and this is the result: On the left, you can see that the image looks blurry when zoomed into, ...
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Can I get a better results with my Canon 50d?

I'm using my 50d to take photos of carpets and objects at home. Some of the light is coming from the window while other from a halogen lamp. My config is: Shutter speed 160 - Flash on - iso 1600 - ...
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Why do digital cameras not have an iso rating? [duplicate]

With conventional cameras your camera had a maximum shutter speed ( typically 1600 ), and the film you used had an ISO speed rating at which it was meant to be able to get a proper exposure under ...
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Retina Display-Can anyone suggest how to literally make an image “retina display”? [closed]

Can anyone suggest how to literally make an image "retina display"? I think it doesn't depends on the camera. Does their is any software for it? I want another suggestion. Can anyone suggest a ...
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How does the usual jpeg 0-100 quality settings translate into Photoshop's 0-12 quality setting?

JPEG encoders usually use a quality setting of 0-100, whereas Adobe photo software uses a 0-12 setting. Does anyone know how to convert between these? (I am actually not clear on whether the 0-100 ...
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Are there any downsides to scaling down unsharp images?

To keep my personal image catalog compact, I am considering scaling down all images that are unsharp for one reason or another, but are interesting or valuable enough not to delete them altogether. I ...
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Why do I get blurry pictures at far distances, but sharp results up close?

I took this picture: https://www.flickr.com/photos/91552641@N06/15828810701/ and if you look at the details (like the trees on the right side) they are all kinds of muddy. I had the same experience ...
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What is the difference between edge detection, Sobel detection, and Canny detection?

What is the difference between edge detection, Sobel detection, and Canny detection
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Does simply opening and closing a JPEG file decrease image quality?

I've had quite a few photography classes, read many photography books, and screened many forums. And I can't find a consistent answer to this question. One "camp" says there is a loss of image quality ...
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Dull and grainy photos

I am using a mirrorless Sony nex 3N camera. It has a APS-C sensor and other bells and whistles of an entry level dslr (except the mirror of course) . I upgraded from a point and shoot and expected ...
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How does focal length determine lens quality? [duplicate]

What does an 18 - 50 mm lens mean? Are those numbers the first focal length and second focal length? How do you use this parameter to judge what kind of lens to buy? Does more equal better?
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When should I consider an image sharp? [duplicate]

Recently I am worried about the functionality of my Pentax K-50, i.e. I am not able anymore to get real sharp images. Thus my question arose, what I should see as "sharp". So I took several pictures ...
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image enhancement to read car plate

A group of thieves entered in my house and robbed a lot of my stuff. They used a car to run away. The following images were obtained from CCV cameras from neighbors. Is it possible to improve those ...
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Aperture of Photography [duplicate]

I am a beginner. Can anyone state what it means if anyone says "The aperture of the photo/pic is not correct."? I donot know what actually aperture means.
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How to preserve image quality when exporting psd file to jpeg?

my psd file is 9900px by 6600px and I want to export it to jpeg for a website. When I try to export it to jpeg with 72ppi and lower down pixel dimensions to about 1000px by 750px, the image comes out ...
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Is there a tool which will resize photos based on level of actual detail in the original?

As part of my organisation workflow I like to scale down images where the quality of the photo is not making the most of the resolution (due to camera shake, low light graininess, or whatever). Is ...
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Will a Fuji Finepix S4800 take much better pictures than my Galaxy S4 phone?

Which Camera will take better pictures? The one in my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone or a Fuji S4800 camera? I know the Fuji has better MP (16 vs 13) and much greater zoom but I am still wondering if I ...
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What colour space does Adobe Lightroom use in the Develop Module?

What colour space does Lightroom use when you load an Adobe RGB or SRGB tiff/jpeg file into the Develop module? The reason I ask is because I was told that the develop module always uses the ProPhoto ...