1. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    Why is there an option to adjust sharpness in the camera UI? Is there some side effect for always leaving it on the highest setting? It seems kinda silly to ask us how sharp we want our photos to be. Of course we want it to be super sharp!
    02-09-2013 04:31 PM
  2. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    I disagree. Sometimes I might want lower sharpness. I'm a photographer by nature and am looking to explore some new projects, so options like this are a godsend.
    02-09-2013 07:15 PM
  3. power5's Avatar
    Sharpness adds noise.
    02-09-2013 07:37 PM
  4. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    I disagree. Sometimes I might want lower sharpness. I'm a photographer by nature and am looking to explore some new projects, so options like this are a godsend.
    Why?
    02-09-2013 08:25 PM
  5. lfjj's Avatar
    All these why threads..
    aubreyq likes this.
    02-09-2013 08:48 PM
  6. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Why?
    It gives me new avenues of photography to explore. Sometimes I want intentionally blurry pics. You do not need to know the reasons why this is the case, but do know that I have done a previous photography project regarding how the mobile phone has changed the way we see the still image.
    Dadstar0410 likes this.
    02-09-2013 08:53 PM
  7. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    As a basic user with rare photography usage, should I leave it on the highest setting?
    02-09-2013 11:44 PM
  8. E Lizzle's Avatar
    The unsharpened photo is the actual captured image, the sharpening is algorithmically added. I always shoot on the softest setting and sharpen the photo later, at the same time as I am doing any cropping and color correction.
    Dadstar0410 likes this.
    02-11-2013 12:15 PM
  9. socialcarpet's Avatar
    Sharpness adds noise.
    This.

    It's always a struggle to find the right balance between sharpness and too much noise on a digital camera.
    02-11-2013 12:38 PM
  10. jhguth's Avatar
    in addition to cases where you just want a soft-focus aesthetic, you might not want it sometimes in general. I haven't looked into how it works in the WP8 camera app specifically, but it probably darkens areas along edges and increases contrast to increase sharpness. This can introduce noise and artifacts that you might not want if its not needed.
    Dadstar0410 likes this.
    02-11-2013 04:36 PM
  11. pillswoj's Avatar
    Over sharpened images can get a "Halo" effect on edges, this can make photos of people appear to have been pasted on to the background and was very common in early digital point and shoots.

    Sharpening also depends on end use of the photo, printing requires more sharpening then viewing on the screen. Best advice is to try the different settings and see what you like for your use.
    02-12-2013 07:44 AM

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