|In general, a truly "soft" image where the level of detail is less than could be presented, is a killer. There are some images where this is done by intent and it works well, but in general, no. On the opposite end, where there are sharpening halos, and very "crunchy" detail, it again detracts from the image to a great extent, and I can't really think of an intentional use of this that works artistically.
As camera resolutions (and screen resolutions, and DPC resolution) have increased, the latter is less of a problem. I can certainly tell when voting, who are the photogs that understand how to sharpen and resize without falling afoul of over-sharpening, or of leaving detail on the processing "table." It's a bit of an art.
Message edited by author 2020-05-07 08:34:29.