Does Sharpness Matter?

The Online Photographer:

The essential ambivalence or contradiction (duality? dichotomy?) is that technically, sharpness is a goal, and considered a virtue; but aesthetically, it’s just a property — no better or worse, inherently, than any other property.

I spend a lot of time on various photography forums and the focus on sharpness, if you’ll pardon the pun, drives me nuts. It’s as if being “tack-sharp” is the only meaningful quality. It’s an easy trap to fall into, and should be avoided.

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