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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Blowin’ up some photos!

Q: I KEEP GETTING FRUSTRATED WHEN I BLOW MY IMAGES UP TO 1:1 AND SEE THAT THEY ARE NOT SHARP FROM ISO 400 UP ON A FULL FRAME BODY. IT’S NOT A FOCUS ISSUE; IT’S MORE OF A NOISE ISSUE WHERE THE IMAGES DON’T LOOK AS CLEAR AS I THINK THEY SHOULD. AM I BEING TOO MUCH OF A PIXEL PEEPER AND SHOULD GET OVER MYSELF, OR AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG?

A: First—“...when I enlarge my images to 1:1....”

You don’t blow up a picture. You enlarge it.

Second—water is clear. Photographs are sharp.

#PhotographySpeak101

You are being too much of a pixel peeper and, well, you’re not going to get the sharpest, cleanest files on DSLRs at ISO 400 and up. I’m never happy with my 35mm format images at 1:1 so I always judge them at 50% view. For a long ...

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