Well, for about 6 years, I have used my D50 with the sharpening default set. I didn't even know there was such a thing as sharpening till I accidentaly read it in the manual last summer, looking for something else.
Hmmmm, sez I...I wonder what that's all about?
Sooo..I set a little more sharpening, but can't really tell if it improves my images any. Actually, what does it DO?
I have a new D90 coming, and I wonder if somebody can school me so I can set the new camera for best image quality, or do I just use the default, and live happily ever after?
Most images from a DSLR benefi from some sharpening. However, the benefits of it wont be apparent if you are looking at a small image. If you are looking at the image on your computer, zoom the view to 50 to 100%, then see if you can tell the difference between a sharpened and an unsharpened image.
I always shot my D 50 in JPEG, and view it on Windows 7/Picasa. My monitor is calibrated as close as I can come, which appears pretty close, and when I try sharpening from Picasa, I can't tell much about it, except when the levels get nearly maximum, the image goes all wonky, looking like a bad HDR!
Actually, even after I found out there was this digital thing called sharpening, which previously was something I only did to my hunting knives, and my wife's kitchen knives, I seldom observed what I thought was the need for any additional sharpening in my images.
But, in the True Spirit of Never Leaving Well Enough Alone, I started reading,(I'm a photographer,right?)and thought; "Hmmm...I wonder if there is something I am missing?"
The jury is still out. My buddy, the Canon shooter, sharpens the merrie Aitch out of his, but I really can't tell much difference between his'n and mine, except mine are better!
I have bought a D90, and found Ken Rockwell's site, where he has a D90 user's guide, so I set it at his recommendation, where it will stay, until I think it will be an advantage to change, if ever.
#6. "RE: Sharpening?" In response to Reply # 5 Mon 24-Dec-12 05:25 AM by mkbee1
West Valley, US
Joseph and Scotty:
Thanks for your answers. Eventually, I'll figure it out.
I know you have to pick your experts carefully. I once took a photo class from the owner of a local business.
He talked a good game, and recommended that a person should format his memory cards at least three times before use.
I figured he knew what he was doing, so I did that, till a buddy who is an IT manager for a large company told me it wasn't necessary, and explained why. Not that I understood the answer, but I do know how to look intelligent and say "Uh huh" at proper intervals!
The D90 manual has some sharpening recommendations, which I think I may follow..it couldn't hurt!