Alley in Pisa, Italy

by Lars Kotthoff

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

46
votes
6answers
3k views

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?
43
votes
12answers
2k views

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 ...
40
votes
1answer
7k views

Are “Windows Photo Viewer” rotations lossless?

Can I rotate lossily compressed photos that I view in Windows Photo Viewer without worrying about losing even more information to compression?
38
votes
16answers
10k views

Which tools are good for creating panoramas/stitching multiple photos?

Can anyone recommend some good tools for creating panoramas from multiple photos. (Free and commercial) Personally I use either Windows and Ubuntu, but I'm not fussy, suggestions for other platforms ...
28
votes
5answers
4k views

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 ...
26
votes
8answers
77k views

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 ...
24
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
22
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
21
votes
8answers
23k views

What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?

I have a bunch of scanned old family photos where the photo paper has a texture. Unfortunately, the texture of the photo scans quite well. What is the best way to remove the texture? (Photoshop CS5) ...
19
votes
8answers
5k views

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 ...
17
votes
5answers
21k views

Are there any free but comparable alternatives to Lightroom?

Does anyone have any recommendations for free software that provides the key features of Lightroom in one package? The main things I am looking for are: RAW photo editing Library management Multiple ...
17
votes
3answers
446 views

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 ...
16
votes
7answers
2k views

Photo editing: Is it ethically ok?

I am a very basic level amateur photographer. My question is "Is it ethically correct to edit photos to make my photos look good?". I believe that the photos taken by my camera should not be touched ...
16
votes
6answers
1k views

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 ...
16
votes
3answers
1k views

Are there any good open source noise removal tools?

In particular that run natively on Linux.
15
votes
6answers
5k views

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 ...
15
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
15
votes
2answers
2k views

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, ...
15
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
13
votes
9answers
857 views

How to compare RAW photos quickly?

It's not uncommon for me to return from a hike or outing and have 500+ images to "sift" before getting started on post processing. Is there a better way to compare 5-10 photos of the same image ...
13
votes
2answers
2k views

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' ...
13
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
13
votes
3answers
728 views

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?
12
votes
5answers
2k views

Is Adobe Photoshop worth the money?

I am starting to invest a little more money into my photography business. I've gone from a hobbyist to being asked to take professional shots, so I have the lights and other equipment. I'm upgrading ...
12
votes
4answers
419 views

How to edit the exposure/contrast of two different areas of a photo with a smooth transition between the two parts?

I'm a complete newbee in photography and in photography editing, but I made a a photo I really like with my phone, and I would like to improve it numerically. Here is the photo. I know how to use ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

What are the best practices for taking pictures of a canvas?

Please share your experience about: Lighting Objectives Setup Colorimetry Photo-Editing ...
11
votes
12answers
774 views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

How can I repair missed focus in a valuable photo?

The subject in my photo isn't properly focused. I can't take it again because this activity documentation photo can't be redone. I've tried many solutions such as using shadow/highlight in Photoshop, ...
11
votes
3answers
485 views

How can one determine the ideal resampling algorithm for a given type of image?

Was reading this question and got to thinking. How exactly can you determine what the best resampling solution is? I have a concept, albeit somewhat vague, of what the basic methods do. Are there ...
11
votes
12answers
32k views

Is there a software to automatically crop a scan of multiple images?

I want to digitize my old family albums using a scanner and there are lots of photos in them. Thus far, my method has been to scan 4 images at a time and then manually cropping them in a simple editor ...
10
votes
11answers
1k views

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
9
votes
4answers
922 views

Are there written guides or rules of thumb for setting color saturation, clarity, vibrance, etc. in post-processing (or in general)?

This isn't another "how do I get a picture to look like such-and-such-link-inserted-here in LR" question. There's a saturation (no pun intended) of these questions here. Interesting, but not general ...
9
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
500 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
3k views

How to choose a good external monitor for photo editing

I have a 13 inch macbook pro and its about the only computer I own. I'm very much into photography these days and the small 13" screen somehow doesn't feel adequate to get a real feel of the photos. ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
901 views

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., ...
8
votes
4answers
1k views

When editing white balance on a computer, should I tweak tint or temperature first?

Changing the value of one affects the appearance of the other, hence it makes a difference whether you change the tint value first and then move on to the temperature, or the other way around.
8
votes
6answers
1k views

What should I consider for cropping aspect ratios?

The question What things should one take into account when looking at cropping a photo? asks about factors that affect composition during cropping. I'm interested in a very specific sub-set of this, ...
8
votes
3answers
3k views

How useful is a tablet for photo editing?

I understand the value of using a tablet like a Wacom Intuos for Graphic Design. But with Photography Editing how useful is the use of a tablet?
8
votes
5answers
2k views

What Photoshop plugins are must haves?

When you as a photographer edit your photos in Photoshop (after some processing using Camera Raw or Lightroom) are there any Plug-ins/Actions/etc. (free or paid) that are must haves for you as a ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

What does the “I'm feeling lucky” function in Picasa 3 do?

I took a bunch of pictures this weekend and then ran them through Picasa's "I'm feeling lucky" function. As always, I was pretty impressed with the differences. Here's an example: Unprocessed ...
8
votes
3answers
984 views

How do I remove the blue glow that surrounds the windows in my photograph?

Here is a picture. How do I remove the blue glow that surrounds the windows in the top right corner? Here's a second example: Not sure if this information is any use, but the picture was taken ...
8
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
187 views

What factors should one consider when charging for editing and organizing photos?

I've agreed to catalog a large group of photos for an online project for a relative. In addition, I will be doing some light editing of the photos for clarity of image, etc., as I go along. I've been ...
8
votes
3answers
253 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
15k views

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 ...
7
votes
7answers
1k views

How to improve sky's saturation and contrast to get a similar result?

Have a look at these two pictures: The first is mine, but is so...flat. (You can find the original here.) I took my photo with a Canon EOS 100D, while the second was taken with a Nikon. I cannot ...
7
votes
4answers
814 views

What should be considered for employee photos to put on company's website?

I work in the entertainment industry and am looking to produce friendly looking images of our employees (sales managers, customer support people, and so on) to put on our company's website. What ...
7
votes
8answers
3k views

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 ...