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

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If I'm happy with the speed, do I really need a faster class 10 or 30MB/s card for my DSLR?

My camera came with 4GB class 10, 30 MB/sec card. I wanted to upgrade to high capacity memory card but I was skeptical, a lower speed card such as class 10, 20MB/sec will cripple my camera when I use ...
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Are there objective tests showing the the impact of a lens hood on image quality where there is no obvious flare?

I am familiar with the function of a lens hood, and I can understand that they could help to improve the contrast of pictures. However, I'm not convinced whether a lens hood does make all that much of ...
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Does super-sampling produce good results?

The Lumia 1020 has a 41MP sensor in a PHONE. It down-samples the photo to 5 megapixels, improving the photo quality. But would you get a better photo by using a native 5MP sensor of the same size? In ...
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Clearer - Sharper images reducing noise?

I would like to make my images 'sharper' / 'clearer' with more detail and color and was wondering if this if more of a Equipment issue or rather more of processing the images with different ...
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Adequate PPI for 12' by 5' banner

I'm looking to print a 12' by 5' banner. Got a photo taken with Nikon D600 in RAW format. But because photo needs to be cropped somewhat, after importing it to Illustrator and resizing, the image ends ...
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Reasonable file size for printing high quality photography as A3 posters?

I bought some photos and need to send them off for printing. The printing company asked for the final files to be in PDF format, so I've converted them using Illustrator and Photoshop. I also added a ...
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Can you tell how effective a camera's high ISO images are from the specs?

My current camera, a Canon 50D has OK image quality at 1600 ISO and its not really very usable above that. I know that all the manufacturers publish an ISO range for their bodies. But just because ...
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How do the Pentax 18-55mm and 18-135mm compare in image quality?

I've been reading a lot about the Pentax DA 18-135mm lens and its performance compared to other lenses. I've heard that this lens is very soft at 135mm regardless of aperture. However, I've also ...
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How does the resize option 'bicubic auto' in CS6 incrementally upscale images?

It's been demonstrated that upscaling incrementally improves image quality, Empirical Study: Extreme digital upscaling, and that thread also shows that choosing 105% increments versus 110% increments ...
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Noisy images from Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

I purchased "Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Point & Shoot 12x" around 9-10 months ago. I was satisfied with image quality. But from last 3-4 months, it is not able to snap good quality pictures as it ...
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Is there an IQ gain from Canon's 18-135 to 24-105L?

Just got a Canon 40D body, and was about to get Canon's 24-105L lens. I hear people raving about the lens, and it all made sense until I saw a Cameralabs' review of the lens. So don’t buy the EF ...
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Does the higher price lens always reflect better quality regardless of it being 3rd party or not?

When looking at various lenses you will see the camera manufacturer lenses made by the camera manufacturer. Then you will see other 3rd party lenses (Tamron, Sigma, etc). Does it pay to get the ...
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Does reducing JPG resolution decrease, increase, or have no effect on image quality?

I'm getting ready to download a bunch of images from microstock photo agency Dreamstime. I'll eventually want most of the images in the 400x300 pixel range for my website when I'm done working with ...
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How many megapixels are needed on a smartphone to take above quality photos?

Just regular above quality photos for Facebook and normal things.
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What image quality is lost when re-saving a JPEG image in MS Paint?

Has anyone ever noticed that if you open a image in mspaint (.jpg, .jpeg) and then just save it, the image size is reduced by many folds. I use this method to reduce the file size. However, I am not ...
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Can ultra-high ISO ever yield good results? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is high ISO useful for photography? My camera can apparently extend to really high ISO's, however I see serious noise over 2,000 ISO at any shutter/apeture combination. ...
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Good compromise on quality/compression for hi-rez photographs?

My Nikon D90 dumps out photographs that are 4288 x 2848 @ 300 DPI. They're about ~3 MB in size. I'm an amateur in every sense of the word. I don't know what 75% of the camera settings do. I'm ...
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Lens with small scratches on the front element - how do they affect IQ?

I am looking to buy a CANON 28mm 1.8 EF lens. I found an offer, significantly discounted, of a lens with small scratches on the front element. The offer is very tempting. Here is a photo posted by ...
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Is it possible to combine multiple cameras for improved detail?

I'm a novice to photography and I'm wondering if its possible to combine multiple cameras to get a greater level of precision? I'm thinking that if you capture more light you should be able to ...
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Why do these images taken at significantly different ISO appear equal in quality?

How come I can't tell the difference in quality of these two photos, even though one is shot at ISO 160, and the other at 1600 ? Note: EXIF data has been stripped from images below by imgur saving ...
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Can you match a photo to the discrete camera it was taken with, without metadata? [duplicate]

Are there enough digital and/or analog difference in individual cameras/houses/lenses that photos will have fingerprint of sorts? For example discoloration of pixels, distortion from aberrations on ...
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How many filters can you stack?

The rental store only has 16X (4-stop) ND Filters, and I'd ideally like to get at least 8-10 stops of filtration. How many filters can I stack on top of one another before the image starts to ...
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Which is the factor that creates noise in a photo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is noise in a digital photograph? This happens while talking photos on dark or night. The Black color is not black, it has some noise. What would be the reason for ...
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Should I use “Super Fine” or “Fine Quality” setting on Samsung S1050 camera? [duplicate]

I have a Samsung S1050 camera. There are three quality settings - Super Fine, Fine and Normal, which I believe relates to the JPEG compression level. I have mainly used Fine in the past, but wonder ...
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Image Quality of Canon 18-135 IS compared to 28-135 IS USM?

I have the Canon 28-135 IS USM lens and I am pondering replacing it with the newer 18-135. I know I'll be giving up the USM and FTM focus and gaining 10mm on the wide end (replacing my old kit ...
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How to improve quality of pictures that are already taken (if possible in GIMP)?

I'm not a photographer but a graphic designer. In GIMP, I only discovered two methods of improving the quality of an photo: Filters > Enhance > Unsharp Mask Noise > HSV Noise Basically, ...
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What is meant by Subjective Image Quality (SQF)?

What does the SQF result in the Imatest Documentation mean? I don't understand the graph showing SQF against Picture Height. How should I calculate SQF value for the camera being tested. For example, ...
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How does a glare arise in images?

I know am sounding dumb but i have not been able to find a correct definition of glare What are the reasons it props up into images For example am taking a photograph of a fruit in diffuse light : ...
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Digital Photo Board Presentation

I hope someone can help me on this. I need to show 80 photos on a single presentation. The way it used to be done is 80 4x6 photos were printed out and placed into a large frame. This year I would ...
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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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What are the caveats for buying a teleconverter that is of a different brand than the lens?

What are the caveats when choosing a teleconverter brand that is of a different brand than the lens it will be attached to in attempt to maximize image quality? Lets assume the following to make the ...
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Setting custom picture control in Nikon D3100 DSLR?

How to create custom picture control in Nikon d3100 dslr's? I have tried with my Nikon 3100 without success, I don't know how to do it.
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How to measure the image quality of a DSLR camera [duplicate]

How do we compare the image quality of two cameras? Do we have some tangible parameters to make such an assessment, and what are the main aspects of the image which contribute to image quality? Is ...
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Image being corrupted in DSLR [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do my images get distorted on my Nikon DSLR? I have been shooting with my D90 for quite sometime and I have just encountered the following problem. What could have ...
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How can I get objective, numerical Image Quality measurements for my photos?

I intend to take some raw images using my Canon-450D, and process them offline using some tool. Then I need to get some objective(numerical) metrics for those images like Image Noise, Image ...
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“10 m resolution” - Expressed as screen resolution (or other way photography noob can understand)?

The X-Sat satellite captures images of Earth "with a 10 m resolution multispectral (three spectral bands in the visible and near infrared spectrum) instrument". What does this mean? Particularly, how ...
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Am I being unrealistic about image quality expectations from Canon 70-200 F/4 USM IS L Lens?

I'm shopping for a 70-200 F/4 USM IS L, and took a few test shots with it. Here's a full resolution jpeg, and a 100% crop with a focus point highlighted. It was shot handheld with IS on at 70mm / F4 ...
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Low quality photos even at superfine mode

I just purchased a Canon Powershot SX240 HS. I took a few pictures indoors (with the lights on as it is dark outside) and I am unimpressed. Zooming in on this on my PC, I can see they're grainy and ...
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Are there software (preferable freeware) that can judge the quality of a photo (jpeg / raw format)?

I was wondering if there are any freeware that is able to judge the quality of a photo (can be a jpeg or raw format) and give a score to it? I kind of sick of comparing photo taken by different ...
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Grainy/low quality pictures - how to stop?

I recently got a Fuji S8200 (bridge) camera and I just can't seem to take a decent photo with it at all, and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Here are some examples: ...
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How much does the sensor affect image quality if shooting in RAW?

Knowing there are different sized sensors and a nearly unlimited combination of lenses with the various cameras, since RAW captures RAW light data, how much does the sensor itself play a role in ...
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If image I change an image from 72dpi to 300dpi, can I scale it up size without losing quality? [duplicate]

Title says it all. When I change my image from 72dpi to 300dpi, the image gets smaller. Can I scale the image back up and print it out at 300dpi without sacrificing quality?
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What causes outdoor photos to turn out bright white when taken with a digital camera?

I set my Canon Powershot A460 to automatic mode and took photographs outdoors. When I see the to-be-photographed area on the LCD, it appears normal; but when I take a picture, the photo turns out ...
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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 ...
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Effect of each step in RAW image pipleline [closed]

I am a little familiar with tools like dcraw or libraw. I know that we can give one RAW image to each of these tools, and they will give us output image, which is gone through a pipeline procedure: ...
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Saving as PDF with JPG compression vs saving it as JPG

I am creating a booklet with a hight resolutio (more than 4800 pixels height) and I am about to print it. My question is, what is better in terms of quality: Saving each page as a PDF with JPG ...
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Canon a2300 resolution problem

I have Canon Powershot a2300. It was working fine till yesterday but i dnt know what settings have been changed to reduce the size of the image. Previously images sizes were about 4mb now it is kb's ...
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Is the size of the rear opening of a lens related to image quality?

I purchased a Sony NEX F3, and it came with a 16mm lens and a 18-55mm lens. It seems to me that the 18-55mm lens produces better picture. Does the bigger lens opening in the 18-55mm lens produce ...
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Why isn't color from my Canon 550D up to my expectations?

I am using a Canon 550D and I am not satisfied with the image quality that it offers. By image quality I am specifically concerned with a general feeling of better color. I have used different lenses ...
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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 ...