Why are we so obsessed with sharp photos?

For some photographers, sharpness is not so important — and this realization can bring freedom.

In this thought-provoking video, photographer Alex Kilbee ask why we as photographers are so obsessed with sharpness and why it matters to us, sometimes to the point where image quality concerns can be a barrier barriers, put limits on our creativity.

Clear sharpness is crucial for a wide range of genres of photography – especially commercial or editorial work that often tries to convey clarity or quality and can be enlarged and printed on. advertising panel. Because these images proliferate, there is a culture of perfection that is dominating the industry, spread by experts and influencers, and driven by companies that need to promote it. push a story to sell their latest cameras and lenses.

I was honored to receive a small mention in Kilbee’s video, referring to an article that I wrote that explains the joy I find shooting with mediocre lenses. For me, I don’t see everything sharp from front to back when I’m walking through a forest, and with my images, I try to create a sense of immersion, evoking a feeling of being half-stricken. concealing/losing comes from being. among the trees. My eyes don’t see the world with the depth of field provided by f/16, and neither do my photos.

Are you obsessed with sharpness? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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