In-camera sharpening?

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  1. Cely

    Cely TPF Noob!

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    Hey everyone, I just have an easy question for all of you photogs with a lot of experience.

    Do you let your camera do any in-camera sharpening? I know you can choose different shooting modes (I am a Nikon user) like normal, vivid, sharper, etc. But what I usually do is set it to custom and turn off all sharpening, and then I just add sharpening in photoshop. Is this good, or should I trust my camera with sharpening? By the way, I have a D200, if that helps any.

    Thanks.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    In short, no, no in-camera sharpening.

    If you shoot RAW none of that matters because it doesn't get applied. If you shoot JPEG it's getting applied to a file that only has an 8-bit color depth per channel, 256 colors per channel (RAW is 12 bits of color depth, 4096 colors per channel.) There are 3 channels Red, Blue, Green.
     
  3. Cely

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    Ok, well I do shoot in RAW so that solves that issue for me!

    Thanks a lot!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yup, shoot in RAW and take all the in-camera processing out of the equation.
     
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    I played with in-camera sharpening when shooting in JPEG and I didn't like the results...much rather do sharpening when post processing images.
     
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    I shoot raw and then after adjusting the image in PS, run it through TOPAZ Adjust (a plug in) if I want to do anything else with it.
     
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    I find the sharpening that the camera does more often than not to be better than what is produced by a third-party solution. Shooting in RAW (with image presets), and exporting through Capture NX will maintain those image presets you specified in camera, while also keeping a RAW file for future "editing".
     
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    I also shoot RAW and then do all adjustments in Photoshop
     
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    I never shoot jpeg :grumpy:
     

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