Following the recommendations of Jason Odell and others, my normal sharpening routine is:
Capture sharpening: In CNX2 I set the in camera sharpening to 0 and then apply USM equally to the whole image. This presumably is to compensate for the softening effect of the anti aliasing filter in the camera.
Creative sharpening: I do this only occasionally. It is applied to selected areas of the image. I may use different sharpening methods or parameters for each of multiple areas.
Output sharpening: This is the final step in my post processing. In includes USM and possibly High Pass. The parameters depend on the output type.
So my question is: If the D800e effectively does not have an anti aliasing filter, should I still be doing step 1? If capture sharpening is still warranted, what should the settings be? I assume the settings for a D800e should be different than for a D800.
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#1. "RE: Capture sharpening for D800e" In response to Reply # 0
Cape Coral, US
>So my question is: If the D800e effectively does not >have an anti aliasing filter, should I still be doing step 1? >If capture sharpening is still warranted, what should the >settings be? I assume the settings for a D800e should be >different than for a D800.
I suspect you may be leading here. I would think you want whatever gives you the best resolving power (not necessarily the best sharpness).
Have you tried to see what level of capture sharpening gives you the best resolution when viewed? E.g. to see fine structure or detail?
I'm still trying to answer a similar question for the D800 -- my sharpening technique (much less sophisticated than yours) is to view at about 2:1, and sharpen until it is a bit "crunchy". So with more pixels do I now view at 1:1 and do the same?
Which relates to your artistic sharpening -- does one view (to evaluate it) at less zoom than you would? Or equivilent DPI or... ?
#2. "RE: Capture sharpening for D800e" In response to Reply # 0
Livermore, CA, US
Sorry not an answer to your question, but my hope is that the D800e eliminates the capture sharpening step. Not that I mind doing it, but that every PP step has the potential to introduce artifacts, so I'm hoping for a reduction in potential for sharpening artifacts.
These hopes are however secondary to the hope that I will someday actually take possession of a D800e.
My fortune cookie at lunch said "you will soon gain something you have always desired." Not that I've always desired a D800e. but it's starting to feel like a long time.
#3. "RE: Capture sharpening for D800e" In response to Reply # 0
Colorado Springs, US
I don't own a D800e, but I have another camera that lacks an AA filter. I still find that some capture sharpening is helpful, but to a lesser amount. How much and what you do here will depend on the raw converter you use because it relates to what happens within the demosaicing process. My recommendation is zoom into 100% and adjust the parameters until you get something that looks sharp and doesn't have obvious artifacts such as halos. One size definitely doesn't fit all unless you photograph only one type of subject. Ideally, everyone should have several good presets: one for detailed subjects (like landscapes), one for portaits, and one for higher ISO images that you'll adjust according to the ISO setting.
#4. "RE: Capture sharpening for D800e" In response to Reply # 0
>So my question is: If the D800e effectively does not >have an anti aliasing filter, should I still be doing step 1? >If capture sharpening is still warranted, what should the >settings be? I assume the settings for a D800e should be >different than for a D800. >
I've been shooting the D800E and editing in LR4 for about 1-week. LR-4 uses a modification of PS USM (algorithm influenced by the late Bruce Frasier) for the input or capture sharpening. My previous experience has been with D200 and D700 files - both of which I almost always added from 25% to 40% capture sharpening. With the D800E, I still see an improvement with adding capture sharpening within this range. I think your step 1 is still going to be desirable.
As far as the D800E vs the D800; I don't imagine there will be any difference concerning input sharpening but I only have the E. Perhaps someone out there has both cameras and can answer that question without speculation.
Good luck with your D800E. I'm still getting a handle on what this camera is capable of. Today I shot a swarm of bees in a tree (about 60' up) at 400 mm and got clear images of the bodies and wings of individual insects.