Viewed my Flickr page on a 4k monitor, and...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by pdk42, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    ... it wasn't pretty. Now just how much is that Phase One?
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
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  2. king_solom0n

    king_solom0n Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 9, 2015
    What was so bad about what you saw?
  3. dalto

    dalto Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2016
    I am not sure what you were looking at exactly but almost everyone I have seen using a 4K monitor has some type of scaling turned on which makes everything look like crap.
  4. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 8, 2016
    Central IL
    I think i know whats wrong, but can you better describe what wasn't pretty?
  5. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Well, when you're 12" away from a 4k x 3k image that fills a 46" screen you can see every imperfection in your
    shots. Over-sharpening? - check; blurred corners? - check; noise? - check; halos? - check; lack of resolution in cropped shots? - check; feel like you need a MUCH more expensive camera? - check :(
  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Don't do that.
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  7. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Don't I know it!
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  8. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 8, 2016
    Central IL
    Well yeah, you're almost at almost 100% crop then.
  9. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Well, you got that 4K monitor so you could see all the imperfections. Now you do. :-O

    I was thinking of getting a 4K Retina iMac. Maybe I should reconsider. :)
  10. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    New York / Bath
    What size are your uploads? In my case, I export at 2048 x whatever, so as to discourage the inumerable hordes of opportunists that I just know are out there from making fortunes from selling prints of my incomparable images. Then Flickr displays them at the prevailing average monitor resolution, or so I believe. Upsizing digital images always looks grim in one way or other.
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  11. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    I dunno, my flickr looked awesome on a 5k iMac at the Apple Store. Even better than on 1080p.
  12. dalto

    dalto Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2016
    Was it a 46" screen?

    12 inches away from a 46" screen is a substantial enlargement. :)
  13. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    12" away, you could only see 1/10 of the screen.
  14. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    What size was the screen? I am on a 5K 27" iMac and I sit an arm's length away, never, ever going back!
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  15. Leighgion

    Leighgion Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 1, 2012
    Madrid, Spain
    Leigh L Pang
    Screw Phase One. Shoot 11x14 sheet film if you want real resolution. :D
  16. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Knowing how your final output is going to be used should dominate your choices and processing actions throughout your process.

    However there probably isn't much you can do for the absurdity of how some will view your work.;)
  17. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    A 4K monitor normally looks more forgiving of image quality than a low resolution monitor because the overall magnification is lower...
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  18. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Do you mean at 100% view? Because if you are just viewing full screen fill, the magnification is going to be dependent on the screen size, not the resolution.
  19. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 8, 2016
    Central IL
    A lot of how a page looks on a web page depends on how the page is coded. For example how lots of pages looked like garbage when Retina displays first hit the scene.
  20. mjw

    mjw Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    So I have a 5k Retina iMac at work (use a rMBP at home) and occasionally I'll be looking through my photo library and go "WHAT WAS I THINKING!?" and have to stop what I'm working on that moment and re-process the image. I simply can't think about anything else until its been fixed.