The importance of peeping pixels

Here's a post I just have to share with you. Steve Litchfield seems to be having the exact same thoughts as I've been having for the past weeks / months: why are we both so concerned with all the tiny details of smartphone photography?

I wrote about it myself a few weeks ago. Call me vain, but I'll quote from my own post: "The higher the resolution, the more details you’ll see or get to work with. It will enable you to make sharper printed results, or bigger prints with great quality. And it will provide you with the possibility to zoom in (and crop) your shots before sharing or printing."

Now Steve and I must be kindred spirits in some way, and I just need to quote some of his post as well. Don't forget to read his complete post however!

- I'm not against image effects, I'm not against post processing, and I'm certainly not advocating others go around looking at their photos under a magnifying glass or zooming them in to see individual pixels. But there is method in my madness...

 - the only reason why most people don't notice flaws in their smartphone photos is because they only view them on a phone screen and share via very low resolution versions on social media. 

- next time I do a head to head camera shootout and wax lyrical over the purity of the images produced, bandying about 1:1 crops, remember that I do this not because I intend to view the photos on a 50" screen or printout, but because purity is important in the ongoing workflow with what you intend to do with the image later on.

These are just three quotes from an even more interesting post. Steve added a few very interesting examples, too. You can read it all here.

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