To Sharpen or not to sharpen …

… that is the question. More and more lately, I have been wondering about why we sharpen digital photographs. I don’t believe our eyes see the world with crisp, delineated outlines on every object in the scope of our vision. So, why the need to sharpen every picture we make until it “makes your eyes bleed”?

Ellie Mae

I think we have been subtly engineered by the photographic gurus and bloggers into thinking every element of a picture must be razor sharp … and I no longer believe it is so. This picture has had no sharpening applied. Admittedly, my eyes are probably a lot older than yours, but I feel it represents fairly accurately what I was seeing at the time I dropped the shutter. The model, Ellie, doesn’t have sharp edges and the whites of her eyes are not blindingly white, so why is it considered de rigeur to alter our photographs to give this illusion?

One Comment on “To Sharpen or not to sharpen …

  1. Soft and fluffy is good. Hard-edged damsels … naaaaaa ~!

    I’m with you. I like feminine—you know, long flowing hair, big batty eyelashes, a gentle sway; a woman who can boast more tatts than Popeye and who could out arm-wrestle me for the next glasses of wine? Once I’d have said send ’em to Russia but the Russians seem to be into real women now.

    Sharpen, yes, but please not your lovely models …


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