If sharpnness is the goal, as in landscape, what are the downsides to always pushing the sharpness, detail, bokeh sliders all the way right? I’m not noticing halos or artifacts, but am I not looking close enough.
What are the nuances to that tool, what do you watch for to judge how far to push it?
I have two main presets — one for my aviation shots and one for wildlife. The main difference is the lens sharpness slider is substantially lower on the wildlife one.
For sharp panel lines and every rivet and stencilled paint mark, I have +1.00 sharpness, but this tends to overdo fine foliage and grasses in wildlife shots, where I have +0.25. Sometimes even 0.25 is too much, depending on the subject. Fine grasses often look terrible if over sharpened.
I should note I always downscale my images for publication and this may exacerbate some cases.
I wouldn’t call what I see a “halo”. It’s still fine detail, but it’s detail you probably don’t want. Find a photo that has fine grasses, sharpen it to the max, then output it downsized. That’s when I notice the issues.
At this point being new to the program I’m interested in how experienced users say they do it. If its usual practice to stick with the default or limit it to around +1 rather than really cranking it I’ll go with that for now. The side by side at 100% seems to give a good indication.
There is no exact science here. It really depends on the image being edited and your preferences for it. In general it seems to me that those new to post processing tend to over sharpen compared to users with more experience.
While I’m experienced at post processing, lightroom, photoshop, dpp4, and traditional sharpening methods, this lens sharpness tool doesnt seem to be in the same category as the unsharp mask, high pass, etc. with the artifacts, crunchiness and halos. Thats why I was wondering how others handled it.
While DXO recommends using the default setting, perhaps half the time I increase it a bit How much really depends on the image. Since the majority of my images tend to be taken indoors in lower light, how I use the sharpening tool might be different from those who generally use it outdoors in brighter lighting situations. When I do shoot in brighter lighter situation’s outdoors, I tend to leave it at the default almost all the time.