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

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You have two rooms to build your photography skills, measuring about 12 x 12 feet and 9 x 8.8 feet. What lens/lenses would you buy and why?

After days of indecision I've decided I'll be buying the Nikon D5100. Now my only issue is what lens/lenses to go for. I think it will be best to give you an idea of what types of photographs I intend ...
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Lack of sharpness / focus in low light

I recently was playing around with my camera (Canon 60D) in a low light situation trying to focus on some subjects across the room. I noticed once getting home and getting the images onto the computer ...
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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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Does a greater optical zoom range on a lens mean less image quality?

I have read that big optical zooms of let's say 10X do not produce excellent image quality. Is this true even nowadays, as there have been many technological improvements in this area? For example, ...
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How does using a 2x teleconverter with 70-200 f/2.8 affect use?

I recently acquired the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and I love it. However the other weekend I went to Heathrow to do some aviation photography. Whilst it is great for aircraft near to ...
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Is there a set of common criteria for evaluation of photographs?

Is there any set of criteria for evaluating a single picture that is in common use? I have the following situation: I want to write down my criteria on how I rate my pictures. At the moment I give ...
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Do megapixels matter with modern sensor technology?

Are more megapixels good? Are more megapixels bad? Do more megapixels increase detail? Do they make my images sharper? On the other side, is there a point that is too much? Do megapixels cause ...
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Can you take a picture of a faded docket and see the details again in computer?

Hi I have a very faded docket, where I can still read the details with bare eyes, but when I tried to photocopy and scan it, it just gave me a white docket. My last hope is using a camera. Please tell ...
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What are good test shots for finding out the capabilities of a camera?

I have a range of cameras from a (frankly awful) kiddie camera to a hybrid (Olympus Pen) and I want to take some pictures to test their (comparative) limitations. So I want to take the same photos ...
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If shooting in RAW and processing, why still care about WB?

WB is obviously important for JPGs and I'm not referring to JPGs here. I do know this question is related to two others. Sorry, I'm a newbie here and I don't know how to refer to them, but @Craig ...
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Will I lose image quality by adjusting white balance in post processing?

I understand that if I shoot in RAW, post processing software like Lightroom is capable of adjusting colour temperature and tint to my desire. Will I lose any image quality in process? Or is it as ...
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How relevant are the DxOMark scores and tests?

To me the DxOMark sensor rating seems a bit bizarre. They recently rated the sensor of Nikon D3300 to the same score as the Canon 1Dx got which I find unlikely to reflect their performances, and which ...
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Color loss and clarity issues in Canon T2i

I have a cannon t2i. About two years old now. It used to take great Sharp detailed pictures in all modes and long and short lens. Now when shooting at long distance the image comes out blurry or nor ...
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5, 8, or 12MP setting best overall for Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15, JPEG, 5x7 prints [duplicate]

My Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 P&S (about 2yrs. old, records in JPEG) takes fine pictures for my purposes (at most 5x7 prints). It has 12.1MP, 16x zoom, and a 1/2.3 MOS sensor. I always use the "high ...
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Does a smaller sensor limit your choice of subject matter?

Is there a major difference in terms of what you can photograph with different sizes of sensor? By having a smaller sensor, can you be limited in taking pictures of certain types of subject? If so, ...
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What's a good size/resolution for picture proofing?

What's a good size/resolution when showing pictures to client using a online tool for proofing ? I've noticed that 1350x900 and 72ppi is pretty good, considering image quality and size on disk. ...
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Images from digital camera can't be enlarged [duplicate]

I am unable to import images from my digital camera (Sony Cybershot 8.1 megapixel DSC-W130) as they appear in the camera display. When I connect the memory card using a card reader, the thumbnails ...
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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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Does pixel size make a difference in image quality? [duplicate]

I am thinking of purchasing the Nikon D3200 its a 24.2MP camera but the pixel size is 14.8 µm² compared to the D3100 which is 14MP and a pixel size of 25.1 µm². Is this something that i should worry ...
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Why does my point-and-shoot take hazy photos?

My point-and-shoot (Canon SD 1100 IS, bought in 2008) has for the past couple of years (that I've noticed) been taking hazy photos, as if I'm shooting through fog. I cleaned the lens using an air ...
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What is the major factor that makes colors in photos very vivid?

Once you have a good enough camera, what are the other major factors that makes some of the photo very vivid? For example, looking at the following picture, the colors are vivid. If I take the same ...
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Why are the trees in this long exposure night shot red?

Last night I tried taking some shots of a cloud moving across a very bright moonlit sky: The exposure was taken using: Nikon D60 Stock 18-55mm VR zoom lense No filters Exposure time: 63 seconds ...
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Pentax K-5: Is it worth using the Premium JPEG quality setting?

Similar: How do I choose which resolution (megapixel) and compression (normal, fine, superfine) to shoot in? The Pentax K-5 has a JPEG quality setting called "Premium", denoted by four stars, which ...
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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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What tool produces better quality jpeg: Lightroom or Imagemagick?

I'm using Lightroom for photo workflow. At the end of it, I would like to have the best JPEG I can get, basically two options to choose from: - export from Lightroom to JPEG, using the 100% Lightroom ...
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How does the lens diameter influence photo quality?

I have tested two different 50mm lenses in my camera. One was a Nikkor 50mm ∅52mm. The other one was a Sigma 50mm ∅72mm. I took some pictures with both lenses using the same setup for aperture and ...
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What is moiré? How can we avoid it?

What is the image defect called "moiré"? What causes it, and how can we avoid or reduce it? Is it related to "false color"?
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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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More detail close up at 50mm than further back with at 85mm?

In terms of quality of picture and overall detail of subject (e.g. the face of a child), would it be better to stand closer to shoot at 50mm or stand back at 85mm (assuming the quality of the lens was ...
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Full frame or not? [duplicate]

I am struggling to decide between the 5D and the 70D as an upgrade to a 600D. I am an amateur photographer achieving pleasing results with my 600 and I have 5 good lenses. The kit (18-135) is an EF-S ...
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5d mark 1 vs 5d mark 2

I never shoot video with my mk2. I only take portraits, no issue with slower shutter speeds etc. Pragmatically, what would be the main disadvantages of downgrading, in terms of output and image ...
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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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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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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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What characteristics make a good lens good?

When reading lens reviews on the Internet, I often find subjective statements about the image quality that a lens produces, such as "good contrast" or "sharp". The problem is that I don't think I am ...
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Why does using flash sometimes create these white spots in the photo?

I have an Olympus FE-190. When I take a picture, with flash on Digital Image Stabilizer (DIS) mode, I get white spots in pictures. This doesn't happen always. There is only an option called Pixel ...
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How can I improve these photos of porcelain tiles?

We are opening a new shopping website for bone china products. I was given some photos of porcelain tiles but they look much worse than they are in real. I wonder if there are any basic techniques ...
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Halos on images taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 [closed]

Every image I take with my DMC-FS35 shows a halo around the subject. (See below) This is true in all light conditions with or without flash. INSERT IMAGE HERE
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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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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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How can I test whether my camera is working after it was dropped?

Issue : How can I evaluate my cameras performance synthetically? Scenario : Bought a Nikon D3100 an year back. Photos looked good enough. The camera fell, zoom lens effected. But works. Cleaned lens ...
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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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Does it give higher quality to shoot in low-res mode in-camera, or to downsize high-res photos later?

Suppose you want to store your photos at some lower resolution, let's say about ~1 MB large. You own a camera able to make photos at 5 MPix and more. And, you want to have the maximum quality at the ...
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Can a photo app for Android improve image quality?

Is there an app to post-process the photos (taken by phone's camera) to improve their quality ? I was told that IPhone makes better photos because of good (built-in) post-processing software. Is ...
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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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What is the resolution of a good compact camera in lines resolved?

After doing some internet research myself to answer this question, I finally wind up asking here. Compact cameras have similar "megapixels" than decent dSLRs, but way lower sensor sizes and certainly ...
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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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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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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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Photographic techniques to avoid chromatic aberration?

I've read several informations here on Photo SE, as well as the wikipedia article on CA. I understand that it is inevitable that some amount of chromatic aberration shows up for a particular lens, ...