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Pixel Peeping Absurdity – Brand vs. Brand Color Rendition

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The Mona Lisa

I’m generally for the practice of pixel peeping, as long as it is done in moderation. In case you don’t know what pixel peeping entails, it’s real simple and roughly goes along these steps:

  1. Get two or more cameras that you want to compare. Let’s use one that you love, and one that you hate.
  2. Pick a subject to photograph, preferably a still life or something that won’t move much or change colors between shots.
  3. Set one camera up on a tripod, and take a shot.
  4. Set up the other camera to replace the first, using the same settings, and take a shot.
  5. Load the images from both cameras to your computer.
  6. Zoom into one section with high detail and compare the hell out of both images side by side.
  7. Linger around at step 6 or repeat EVERYTHING until you feel that the camera you love and always wanted to ‘win’ all along gets better results than the other one that you hate.

Okay, i’m being a bit sarcastic. But seriously, this is how pixel peeping usually ends up happening.

It’s not that pixel peeping isn’t without its merits, but if you have taken more pictures of $20 bills taped to a wall compared with actually interesting subject matter, you have chosen the wrong hobby. Perhaps chainsaw juggling would be a more suitable endeavor instead.

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Written by Tijger Tsou

November 10th, 2008 at 6:44 am