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Sharper Still!

More explanation of how to use sharpening

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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In my second article on sharpening I’ll steer away from the theoretical and move onto the practical. Ignoring the ‘magic’ of deconvolution sharpening and the legacy of unsharp masking for a moment, lets have a think about what sharpening can actually do to make an image look sharper.

Well, as you saw from the last article, the sharpening effects look for ‘edges’, either lines or spots/dots, and add a little bit of extra lightness on the light side of the edge and a little bit of extra darkness on the dark side.

The variables between most of the sharpening techniques are as follows

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