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Photographic editing is the process of reworking an original photo, either produced by film or digital, to create the artistic vision of the photographer.

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Am I permanently altering my NEF/raw files if I save changes in Nikon ViewNX 2?

When editing the NEF (Nikon raw files) with Nikon's ViewNX 2 software, after modifying things like exposure and white balance, I have the ability to save the NEF file or "Save As" a new filename. ...
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How do I prevent / fix out of square images?

I took photos of a lot of different framed art pieces that I wish to sell. The frames of these art pieces are either square or rectangular. In my images, the top of the frame appears to be wider than ...
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What does the under/overexposure warning mean in image editing software?

We all know exposure warnings that a digital camera offers: If shows which parts are so bright or dark that there's no more distinction towards even brighter or darker areas possible. Meaning that ...
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Is it better to edit photos with a high pixel per inch monitor?

Title says it all Is it better to edit photos with a high pixel per inch (PPI) monitor or is a bigger monitor better? eg. My current monitor Panel Size: 23.6“ Wide Screen True Resolution: 1920X1080 ...
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Will software make a bigger difference in the quality of my work than more hardware?

The photography budget genie took a **** on my driveway so now I have some money to spend on gear. The only thing that is stopping me is that I am wondering whether it would be more worthwhile to ...
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Best Android photo editing apps?

What are the best photo editing applications for an Android camera phone such as the Nexus One, Droid, Droid Incredible, HTC Evo, etc... Please list the advantages or disadvantages of the application ...
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Is it possible to add a curves adjustment to multiple photos in Aperture?

So, I know how to add an adjustment to multiple photos using the photos => add adjustment menu, and it works great for things like auto-enhance, but when I try to do the same thing with curves (I like ...
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Why is Camera RAW changing my original raw file?

I opened a RAW image in Adobe Camera Raw, did some cropping and colour adjustments, and then opened it in Photoshop to work on it further. When i returned to Bridge, I realised that the original RAW ...
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Darktable: Is it possible to select only modified images in Lighttable view?

In Darktable, in the Lighttable view, is it possible to select/view only images that have been edited?
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Can I convert raw files to TIFFs via the command line using Apple's converting engine?

I want to convert from the command line a bunch of RAW files into tiffs using the same converting engine as Apple's Aperture or Preview (in order to get the same results as from these applications). ...
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What is lost when RAW is exported to TIFF for editing?

Is anything lost when you export from (Canon) RAW files to TIFF? For context: I backup and archive my RAW files, and keep a separate (Aperture) library for exported JPEGs. So far my workflow has been ...
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Resize to the photo.stackexchange.com header photo size with Lightroom

I want to submit a photo to the photo.stackoverflow.com header thread (like here). They ask for a specific image size (375x210). Is there an easy way to resize and crop an image to this size using ...
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What are the advantages of online photo editors like picnik.com?

Why do you use online photo editors like picnik.com instead of desktop software? Note: Google have recently announced that as of April 19, 2012, picnik will be discontinued.
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What is the best method to extract a subject from a Greenscreen?

I am searching for a better method to cut people out of my greenscreen backdrop ... The main problem is the hair ... Actually I use the freeware Easygreenscreen Photoshop action I also know the ...
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How can I colorize a black and white photo using colors from a similar photo?

I have several photos taken in a studio, but the one photo I like is in black and white, and I lost the raw image file. Those photos I don't like, which have colors, are really similar to the one I ...
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Are images like this possible straight out of a D40 without post-processing?

These are probably one the best shots I ever saw using the entry level Nikon D40 (which is the only DLSR I have). While my skills are far from pro, I think these photos are quite too good to be true ...
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Converting RAW images to lossless jpeg using GIMP?

I have a Raw image which I want to get printed. I need to upload this to a website which expects to be in jpeg format. I use GIMP for photo editing and used UFRaw to view RAW images. GIMP cannot ...
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Panaroma software for ubuntu?

Software for stitching photos together for panaroma view in Ubuntu ? Any link where I can get proper installation guide ? I use GIMP and picasa. Picasa doesnot seem to have much control in stitching ...
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Content-Aware option not showing on photoshop cs3

I want to remove unwanted images from my main image using photoshop CSS3. I found content-aware technique to deal with issue. However when I am opening fill option from edit menu its not showing ...
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How can I make the text in this photograph of an ancient column more readable?

I have a picture of a column with some text: The text is really hard to make out. Is there any way I can manipulate the image to make the text stand out more and be easier to read? I have tried ...
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Professional grade alternative to Photoshop

What are some professional-level alternatives to Photoshop (I am specifically interested in solutions available for Windows)? I am not a professional, but I personally find Photoshop is not that ...
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What are the main advantages of purchasing Photoshop over the free online version?

What are the main advantages of purchasing Photoshop (subscription or one off payment) over the free online version? I am aware that: Internet Access it required The "heal" tool is not fully ...
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How can I improve these photos of porcelain tiles?

We are opening a new shopping website for bone china products. I was given some photos of porcelain tiles but they look much worse than they are in real. I wonder if there are any basic techniques ...
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How to do the same crop on a batch of photos?

I've got a batch of photos (an owl coughing up a pellet in case you're curious). I want to make an animated GIF out of them, but the result would be improved if they were all given an identical crop ...
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Multiple photos of my pregnant wife - how to make something pretty out of them?

I'm by no means a photographer — this is my first time here and my (actually, my wife's) camera is 4 year old point and shoot. I have taken photos of my wife throughout pregnancy (every week). I'd ...
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How to watermark a folder of photographs?

1) I dont know how to write a watermark, like a copyright notice, on a photo. 2) I have a folder of photos which I wish to watermark with the same watermark. How should I write a watermark on a ...
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How do I create this soft and bright effect?

This is my favorite look for photos, and I've been trying to achieve this for some recent family vacation photographs. What is the process? Here are some links to some examples: ...
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Quick Motion Capture

I frequently take pictures for our Ping Pong activity, but I am a newbie at photography. My pictures are mostly result like the following(the ball is blurry). So I have few questions: Does this ...
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How can I get rid of a black dot in a picture?

I took some pictures a few years ago on a vacation and the digital camera I used had a black dot on the lens so I took a bunch of pictures with an ugly back dot. Is there a way that I can get rid of ...
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How do I work out what is fair to pay for photo editing?

I know it all depends on the person but I have never done this and have no idea about any estimates: Let's say I go shoot someone but then I send my RAW photos to someone else that is good with ...
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Is it possible to recover original content from an edited image file?

OK possibly a random question here, but one that is relevant to the site and regarding a hot topic nowadays: privacy. If I load an image file (in my case a PNG photocopy of a document which contains ...
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How do I correct a photo with too much blue?

I'm pretty much a beginner photographer. I just point and shoot with auto settings and I have no idea how to tweak photos with photo editing software. I took a photo which can be found here: The ...
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Website to get ideas for trick photography [closed]

Are there some good websites which I can refer to for doing trick photography? As of now, I am looking at photography with a snow theme, but it could be anything. For example, a couple taking each ...
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How to I edit a photo to have a old vintage look?

How to I edit a photo to have a old vintage look? I'm looking to achieve this sorta of vintage film like look. I'm looking for a way to achieve this without purchasing a "auto" effect program by using ...
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In what way will affordable high density displays affect photography?

The last 6 months have been quite revolutionary for the display technology with the new iPad & Retina Macbook Pro and their 200+ ppi displays that double the typical pixel densities. I have seen ...
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Is there a desktop application for easy photo effects, like Camera+ for the iPhone?

I'm searching a desktop equivalent of the Camera+ iPhone app. The app Camera+ has predefined effects which can be added to images. Basically, all I want is a desktop application which is able to ...
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Is it possible to have exposure decrease programmatically when batch processing in Adobe Camera Raw?

I am editing a batch of about 1000 photos in Camera Raw. There are certain settings like contrast or clarity that will be the same for all of them. But with the Exposure, I would like to have the ...
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Best order of doing things when editing scanned photos in Photoshop?

What (in your opinion) is the optimum order of doing the following to a scanned image in PhotoShop? Cropping Manually adjust Levels (RGB and density) Manually adjust Curves Manually adjust ...
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Darktable - How to do localized editing with masks?

I have started using darktable in a linux machine for photo editing (new to it). Darktable has a mask feature which allows you to create masks on a image. http://www.darktable.org/2013/04/masks/ ...
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Can I recover my aurora photographs?

I really need help fixing these photos. My mom (71 yrs old) had seeing the aurora on her bucket list and so we went to Norway (from DALLAS!) to see them. We did, luckily, but the photographs all ...
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How was this 360° panoramic photo taken?

I'm not a photographer and know very little about camera and photography, still I couldn't help myself to ask how was this photo taken? I got this photo from FaceBook. Like was there any kind of ...
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Reasonable file size for printing high quality photography as A3 posters?

I bought some photos and need to send them off for printing. The printing company asked for the final files to be in PDF format, so I've converted them using Illustrator and Photoshop. I also added a ...
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Which image viewers and editors for the Mac are able to handle really large files?

Are there any editors or viewers (other than Photoshop CSx) for MacOS that can handle files larger than 30000x30000 pixels?
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Can edits from multiple photo editing programs be saved in the same DNG?

When using the traditional sidecar approach, multiple programs can edit the same file as the edits are saved as instuctions outside of the RAW file itself. As long as the sidecar file isn't shared, ...
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How to remove timestamp text from photos?

I have a bunch of digital photographs on which someone has typed (or auto-inserted using some utility) timestamps using a huge ugly font (with opaque background to boot!) that's obscuring a big strip ...
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Good budget display for photo editing?

I need a computer screen for editing photos (and playing games, but that's another story). Maximum price is around 200$. Sizewise 21-22" would be nice. Thanks in advance, -christian
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Editing previously-taken photographs—by multiple amateurs—for a consistent look

I'm working with a variety of photos that have already been taken by several different amateurs. I don't have the ability to provide direction in how these photos are taken, and I want to treat that ...
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What are some common uses of various blending modes? [closed]

Photo editors have a number of blending modes: Normal, Lighten, Darken, Colour Burn, Multiply, and so forth. I know the formula each of them applies to blend the layers, and that's fine for ...
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Lightroom Multi-Catalog Syncing/Management [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers? I'm looking for an application to manage multiple Lightroom catalogs for me - I ...
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Why does it look better when skilled photographers apply filters and tricks to their photos?

Photoshop is a commonly used tool by photographers. It allows for making a variety of adjustments to images to enhance the way they look. There are many consumer targeted filters and effects that ...