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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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Why do photos look best without any sharpening?

Maybe it's a subjective question, but most of the time my photos look best when I leave the Sharpening slider of Lightroom in a value close or equal to zero. Which are the benefits of digital ...
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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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Image processing & editing: what is an “unmanipulated” image?

What is considered an "unmanipulated" image? As defined by photo.net: Unmanipulated a single uninterrupted exposure cropping to taste common adjustments to the entire image, e.g., ...
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Can the effects of a polarizer be replicated in post-processing?

According to my knowledge Polarizing filters are mainly used to make sky appear more bluish in the day sunlight which gives more dramatic effect to your pictures. I don't have polarizing filters yet ...
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What are the best practices for taking pictures of a canvas?

Please share your experience about: Lighting Objectives Setup Colorimetry Photo-Editing ...
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Post-processing to remove background reflections on bald heads

I've done a series of chroma key shots of some co-workers for our website and generally everything came out great, except one of our guys is bald and, well, the green is reflecting onto his head. So, ...
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What should I consider when designing my physical environment for photo editing?

I am in the process of building a controlled environment in which to edit photos. Other questions have addressed the gamut, the monitor and color calibration, but for the most accurate display of ...
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Software to auto correct lens distortion based on photo

A photo contains digital information about the make of the camera the focal length,etc. Does any software use this information and auto correct the lens distortion in the photo. I know that Photoshop ...
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Has anyone used Alien Skin Bokeh?

I was wondering if anyone has had experience with using the Alien Skin Bokeh application. Is it worthwhile, or it gimmicky? Thanks!
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How do you mark a photo as complete and done with edits in Aperture?

I love Apple Aperture, but it seems to be missing a very important function I strive for. I want to be able to lock a photo, meaning once locked I can no longer make changes to that photo. In ...
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Photo editor to automatically detect image face and plant another image on top

I have created a video and exported it as individual photos. I currently have around 200 of them. I am looking for an editing tool that will automatically detect the face in each image and apply an ...
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What should I look for in a display meant for photo editing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Monitor for photo processing After reading answers to this question "Why do my photos look better on an iMac" I am wondering what should I be looking for when choosing a ...
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Why do my photos look better on an iMac?

I've been given a long term loan of a 27" iMac. Looking at my photos on flickr and iphoto, they look, eh, just better, they seem to pop more than they did on the other PCs. Why is that? The other ...
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How many photos should I keep?

When I started with digital photography, I used to keep a copy of ALL the photos I took on a backup drive, "just in case". As the years have gone by, I have become more ruthless, permanently deleting ...
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What software would help me make an image square (rather than off-kilter)?

I need a program that will square an out-of-square photo. For some images, I can just rotate, but even then getting the scene precisely level can be tedious. It'd be nice to do it automatically. For ...
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Is there any method to transfer edits made in Lightroom to Aperture or vice versa?

I am always on the fence between Lightroom and Aperture, but I am also thinking about the future, when new software shows up. Is there any way to export edits made in one of the programs and import it ...
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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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What things should one take into account when looking at cropping a photo?

When looking at cropping a photo: How do you decide whether to crop it or not (for starters)? What things should you take into account - both practical and artistic? I guess that this question is ...
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Printing out a photo taken in Landscape, in Portrait

I have a selection of photos on my PC that were taken in Landscape, but I want to make Portrait. The reason for this is so they can fit Portrait slots in a multi picture frame. I have chosen these ...
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How can I edit pictures of people that have vitiligo?

It's a question about photo editing : What would be a trick to reduce the visibility of the white stains of the skin due to "vitiligo" (Vitiligo is a strange illness(?) that make the skin been totally ...
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Stitching star map images together [closed]

Is there a way I can stitch the star maps found here together to make a really large one? I've opened the PDF's in gimp, saved them as PNGs, and have tried to change the perspective of each so that ...
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How can I link two layer masks together in Photoshop?

I'm trying to apply two adjustment layers to a parts of a photo in Adobe Photoshop. The adjustment layers are masked to the same section of the photo; so I have to copy the contents of one layer mask ...
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Free Batch Photo Watermaker?

I want to place a small logo in the bottom of about 100 images at onces. Is there a cool, free and easy program I can download where I can do this? I basically want to place a signature watermark in ...
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Can anyone recommend a good open-source photo management platforms for power users?

Short version of the question: Does anyone know of any good open-source photo management/editing suites, a la Aperture or Lightroom? I'd want it to run on MacOS X, by the way, though options that ...
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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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How to remove markings from black and white photo?

I scanned in an old B&W photo that has pen scribbles on it. What's the best way to remove these marks and restore the photo? Here are the examples: I don't have access to Adobe photo ...
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Why does opening photos in Windows preview result in a yellowish tint?

I have a weird case wich I expect someone can solve. I have edited some photos in Lightroom and exported them to Flickr. When I download them in another computer and open them in the Windows Preview ...
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How to reduce glare from glass during photo editing?

I have taken a picture of a person standing inside the house via a window. being outside, of course there is glare. I don't mind the glare as an artistic item, but wondered if there is a way to ...
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How does the Curves tool work in GIMP?

I started using GIMP recently, and came across an option called Curves under the Colors menu. What does this tool do, and how do I use it correctly? I get some good colors if I make a graph in 'S' ...
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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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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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Do professionals all edit their pictures heavily?

I am wondering how many serious photographers do heavy editing in Photoshop after taking those pictures. Do all or most professional photographers do that? Or they just do a simple cropping and ...
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How Do I Use Layer Masks in Photoshop CS5? [closed]

I use photoshop cs5 and I want to know how to do a mask layer (i think thats what i want)? i want to edit the foreground separate to the background and I can''t figure out the easiest way to separate ...
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How to select children from a complex background?

I am trying to figure out how to select a group of children from the background. The image below is not the one I am using, but it is similar in that there is no clear distinction between the children ...
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How do I digitally post process Moon photos?

I've created a few photos of the Moon using a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope and a DSLR. I've tried different ISO settings, shutter speed, bracketing to find the best settings. Here I show a (reduced ...
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Love these colors/style - tips on achieving the same look?

I'm looking for some advice on achieving the look this photographer has: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yosigo/4670815511/ I love the style and tones of everything. Wondering what sort of thing, both ...
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What software do I use to remove part of a photo and blend that space?

I have a picture of a very old house but there's a real estate sign in the yard. What software would I use to remove that sign and blend the background? I really don't want to purchase anthing ...
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What is the best photographic editing tool for iPad?

I'm looking for the best photographic editing tool for Apple's iPad. There are many programs on the App Store, but I cannot test them without buying them. So what is your experience in the subject?
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Free program for editing pictures

I'm looking to find a free program that allows me to edit my images. Ones I have used so far are very limited, so if you have any ideas please let me know. Thanks Rachel
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How do I adjust colour casts between photos taken at different times?

I have several photos of similar subjects on the same background. As they were taken outside at different times, the lighting conditions are different, and so the colours in the photos aren't ...
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Ideas to make a great wall paper

I have few photos in portrait mode. I wish to make a good wallpaper by removing the background and applying various photoshop techniques. Can you please suggest me few tutorials or ideas to make a ...
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How do popular free RAW editor/converter compare to each other on Windows?

I'm looking for a free RAW editor/converter on Windows. Can you tell me some strong/weak points of them comparing with Capture NX and/or Adobe Photoshop Elements? RawTherapee PhotoFiltre Able RAWer ...
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What options are there for reviewing photographs on an iPad

I am a mediocre photographer, so I take lots of photos and delete most of them. I thought I would be able to load the photos on to the iPad and review and delete them when convenient, but you can't ...
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How can I remove the background of a photo using GIMP?

Sometimes it happens that I would like to extract a person from a photo and remove the background. How can I do it with GIMP? Every attempt that I made gave me very bad results. Can you give me some ...
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Are there any good open source noise removal tools?

In particular that run natively on Linux.
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In Lightroom 3, what is the difference between exposure and brightness?

What's the difference between adjusting a photo's exposure versus its brightness? I created a virtual copy of a photo. The original's exposure was increased 1 stop. The other got an increase in ...
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How to adjust high contrast edges in Aperture 3

I am working on this photo in Aperture 3 (this is a partial area of the shot). It's a night shot with a 30s shutter speed, so there are areas, namely above the roof that are blown out. This compared ...
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What are the key photography-related features from Photoshop that are missing in GIMP?

I am on a tight budget and chose to use GIMP for editing since it is free. What important photographic post-processing features am I missing from Photoshop?
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How does “sweep panorama” compare to traditional montage?

Newer Sony cameras offer "sweep panorama" mode where you just pan the camera and it stitches the panorama picture in the camera. This function is starting to appear in models from other manufacturers ...
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What noise removal tools work best, and why?

Can anyone recommend some good noise removal tools, free and commercial? Should support RAW and JPEG. Are certain tools better than others in particular situations? Do some integrate better with other ...