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What is "image quality"?


mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 5:21PM
It all depends on the context of the question.

If someone asks 'what do you think of the image quality of this picture' people will bring in the photographic skills of the photographer.
If you ask 'does f16 give better image quality than f8' the assumption would be they are referring to sharpness, contrast, dynamic range etc. Ditto for lens A/lens B

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lawbert 7 1.8k 15 England
2 Jan 2013 5:30PM
Ade

Show us in photographic terms your perception of Image Quality and a Quality Image

Add kit used and settings...and the all important PP
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
2 Jan 2013 5:49PM
I didn't make either of those assumptions Wink

That's the point - when someone asks about image quality, it means different things depending on who they're talking to.

For me it's more about evoking a feeling, for others it'll be down to what a print looks like under a magnifying glass.... who knows what else people assume.
llareggub 4 756 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 5:51PM
I am not sure why people find it so hard to divorce aesthetic quality and image quality, aesthetic quality is driven by the grey matter between the photographers ears and image quality will largely be defined by the kit in front to the photographers face (assuming it is used in a manner to get the best out of it) Smile
lawbert 7 1.8k 15 England
2 Jan 2013 6:36PM

Quote:I didn't make either of those assumptions Wink

That's the point - when someone asks about image quality, it means different things depending on who they're talking to.

For me it's more about evoking a feeling, for others it'll be down to what a print looks like under a magnifying glass.... who knows what else people assume.



I hope your not charging peeps for that misguided opinionWinkTongue

Or your giving out epz cards to punters so they see a little bit further than.....well....you said it all reallyWinkTongue
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
2 Jan 2013 7:08PM
wtf you on about?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
2 Jan 2013 9:00PM

Quote:wtf you on about?


Well you started it Ade Smile
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
2 Jan 2013 9:30PM
Surely Image Quality is very easily defined much the same way as Image Quality is tested in a bench lens test. A Quality Image is another matter.
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
2 Jan 2013 9:32PM
started what?

think the comments got a bit out of synch there, was busy and didn't hit post for ages, but no idea what Lawbert's on about
sherlob e2
8 2.4k 126 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:35PM
Umm... interesting how open the definitions are (or perhaps closed).

As ever - the term relates to the context.

In a magazine reviewing a new bit of kit the context is likely to be technical and measured scientifically where possible. In an exhibition, less so (but perhaps not always). I like Keith's distinction too - a fair point well made.


Quote:“Taken out of context I must seem so strange.”
lawbert 7 1.8k 15 England
3 Jan 2013 5:22PM

Quote:Started what?

think the comments got a bit out of synch there, was busy and didn't hit post for ages, but no idea what Lawbert's on about



Put simply you charge people for your expertise when possibly you are not as knowledgeable as you purport.

IQ is IQ.....I explained what it was and many after me.

perhaps you could search epz or the web, pop down the library and look at a book or 2...its all there.

Its your business...not mineWink

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