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What is pixel peeping?

 
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Aug 24, 2006 08:39 |  #1

.. and why does it get mentioned so much?

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Aug 24, 2006 08:55 |  #2

Pixel peeping is examining a digital image down a very fine detail, possibly at the individual pixel (dot on a screen) level, depending on how literal\anal the examiner is. Why is it mentioned? Because people spending thousands of dollars on lenses want the best possible picture in terms od image quality (IQ) or sharpeness. Most quality lenses are undecernable from one another if not viewed at this or a similar level of detail.


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Aug 24, 2006 08:59 |  #3

peeping at pixels,because it happens a lot.


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Aug 24, 2006 09:05 |  #4

The term was originally made popular by (perhaps even coined by) Michael Reichman of the Luminous Landscape, he used it as a specifically derogatory term after he had had an epiphany that image quality was suddenly no longer of importance in digital photography, as it was good enough across the board. (i'm breaking this down to nutshell status)
He applied the term Pixel Peepers to those that still felt that measurable IQ tests were valid.

The backlash was significant as his readers were split roughly 50/50% by those that agreed with this new sentiment, and those that had followed years of reviews by Michael himself that were in fact exactly that, self described Pixel Peeping, and suddenly being told by there fearless leader that all this time, effort, and text was moot. For months the LL Forums were dominated by debate and argument on the subject.

Another term for pixel peepers, is "Ruler shooter" ie: people who seem to spend more time photographing charts and rulers for backfocus etc.. than actually using there gear for photography.


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Aug 24, 2006 13:05 |  #5

Just to stir things up with my definition :)

Photographers judge their lenses and cameras based on real world experience - photos of landscapes, people, wildlife, etc.

Pixel peepers judge everything based on 100% crops of resolution charts, rulers, and batteries.

It seems the ratio of photographers to pixel peepers is 2/8.

Well, it is a subjective definition after all. :)

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Aug 24, 2006 13:45 as a reply to Mark_Cohran's post |  #6

Have to agree with Mark. - Now that you understand the term. You can see from the threads and answers just where you stand.

Nearly every sport/avocation/hobby has its devotees to extreme details of the end product. Does it matter in the real flow of things?
Personaly, I think not, but others will rise up with great fervor and defend the importance of minute aspects of their chosen area of interest.

Another term that I hear a lot is "measurbator". Crude but probably more succinct.


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Mar 24, 2011 01:25 |  #7

Honestly - What is pixel peeping?

Seriously what is it REALLY? It's a term that I've read 1000's of times (we all have)....can someone really explain the nitty gritty of what really pixel peeping actually is?




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Mar 24, 2011 01:30 as a reply to fotoworx's post |  #8

Persons that are overly anal about their images. They tend to view everything at 100% or more and work on a per pixel basis.


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Mar 24, 2011 01:40 as a reply to fotoworx's post |  #9

People who try to appreciate a forest by staring at 1 square inch of bark...


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Mar 24, 2011 06:31 as a reply to fotoworx's post |  #10

Reminds me of the Zen saying that an ignorant man picks up a pebble and sees a pebble, a student picks up a pebble and sees a mountain and a Zen Master picks up a pebble and sees ... a pebble.


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Mar 24, 2011 07:13 as a reply to fotoworx's post |  #11

Pixel-peeping is viewing pixels from a full-resolution image at 100% (or even 200%) on a computer monitor.

Pixel-peeping is a tool that can become a disease.


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Mar 24, 2011 07:16 as a reply to tzalman's post |  #12

'Tis me. One who tests that new lens inside>tripod mounted>MLU>remote shutter>various SS to determine which f/stop gives him a single, or at most three, pixel edge to his subject.
We tend to hang out in the macro section of the forum where the devil is in the detail.


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Mar 24, 2011 08:05 as a reply to fotoworx's post |  #13

Pixel-peeping is an innocuous-seeming habit that can slowly lure one into the ravages of measurebation. This pernicious affliction results in the sufferer being unable to photograph anything apart from lines of batteries, brick walls and test charts (set to 45º with a protractor).


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Mar 24, 2011 08:10 as a reply to fotoworx's post |  #14

Something you shouldn't worry about and have your laugh at the people that practice this.


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Mar 24, 2011 08:13 |  #15

hollis_f wrote in post #12082447external link
... (set to 45º with a protractor).

You still use a protractor??... what an amateur.

:):):)

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