The trope of surveillance cameras in TV dramas goes a little like this; an underpaid law enforcement officer of unrivaled beauty checks some footage that may have captured their prey on video.
Naturally, the picture is blurry, which leaves them without sufficient evidence to act.
Until someone shouts, “enhance it!”
There’s a flurry of keyboard strokes followed by a sound effect indicating that the computer is doing the impossible.
Then the camera cuts to a perfectly sharp image of the criminal who is soon to face justice right after you watch an ad for medicine with scary side effects.
I had a real-life moment of enhancement today when I set up my new 27″ high-resolution monitor for my new computer.
After years of processing all of my files on a 15″ laptop, I made a shift to a new imaging machine with a very large screen.
The clarity was astonishing compared to what I worked with before. I went into my archive and pulled a portrait session from early 2020 that was created with my high megapixel Nikon.
The high-res file didn’t need any help but it was great to observe it at a size that enhanced my mood.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.