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Post-processing is the process (and art) of adjusting a previously-captured image to obtain a desired look. It encompasses everything from simple whole-image adjustments to detailed per-pixel touch-up work.

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How to fix chromatic aberration with free software?

Here is a zoomed-in example of an image I shot that has a bit of discoloration due to the chromatic aberration of the lens. What's the easiest way to fix this problem using only free software such ...
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How can I tell what equipment and lighting setup was used for a studio portrait?

I want to analyse this photo. I want to know with which lens it was taken, under which light and how to achieve this 'strange' look. Does it have a name? Are there any filters used? Was it taken ...
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Any way to bring more detail back in the face in this picture of a man in dim stage lighting?

Between the quality of lighting and the fog machine, pretty much all of my pictures from this show came out like this. I do have the raw. Flash wasn't allowed. Anything that can be done to avoid this ...
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When would I _not_ want to use the content-aware mode of Photoshop's spot healing brush?

I've wondered about this for a while. I've look in Adobe's documentation, but no luck there. I've also searched here. Anyone have an idea?
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How to calculate mean/average photo color in GIMP?

How to calculate mean/average photo color in GIMP? I have some photo and want to calculate average color - how can I do it?
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What cloth patterns and colours should be preferred for clothes while shooting portraits in black and white?

How do different colours and cloth design patterns affect black and white photographs? Which patterns and colours should be preferred for clothes while shooting in black and white?
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How to make camera LCD show true RAW data in JPG preview and histogram?

With Canon 650D (and presumably all the other Canon), I noticed that the picture style and full JPG processing is used to generate a review JPEG which is what the camera actually reads when reviewing ...
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Map R+G+B+infrared to R+G+B?

A photograph that includes color beyond the usual visible spectrum can be constructed by "overlaying" the image from a conventional camera with that from an infrared (or ultraviolet, or x-ray) one. ...
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Approximating a wide XPan shot

Is there a combination of lenses and post-production that would decently emulate the wide shots of the XPan? They look like this. I'm no expert, but perhaps something like a fish-eye and a ...
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How to enhance a reflection in post?

I took this picture this weekend: When I took the picture I didn't notice the reflection, but now that I see it, I'd like to enhance it in post. Is there any way to do this? Technical notes. Shot ...
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How do I get this 'glare' effect?

I have been staring at this Apple Image & trying to figure out how to get this glare effect (which can be seen on the monitor). Someone knows?
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Is it possible in Lightroom to change a develop property of multiple photos by a certain amount?

After a long session of "developing" RAW photos I think I over processed most of the photos. I tried lowering the clarity value of some photos and saw that this tamed the over processed look a bit. ...
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Why does Lightroom disable chromatic abberation correction by default?

Why is chromatic aberration correction disabled in Lightroom by default? In my opinion, it is the feature that has to be applied always. This is also what most (to my knowledge) built-in camera JPG ...
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Why is “Equalize” interpreted differently in different programs?

I had always thought that "equalize" meant that each channel ended up with a uniform distribution. However, that's not what I'm seeing in Photoshop- values are redistributed, by the histogram isn't ...
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Noise reduction before or after deconvolution?

NR before or after sharpening has been asked and answered, but deconvolution is much more complicated than simple USM. Many deconvolution algorithms have their own methods of handling noise, so I'm ...
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Is there any quality advantage to doing dark frame subtraction in camera?

Is there any quality advantage to doing dark frame subtraction in camera? It seems to me that doing it manually in software can't be any worse, and can be better by using a dark frame that is the ...
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How can I make sun beams more visible in post-processing?

First of all, I would like to apologize for anything stupid or naive I would write because I am new to RAW post-processing and photography. During my vacations, I took the following picture (in RAW) ...
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How do I create this soft bright look?

This is probably my favorite look in child portraits. I want to achieve this bright, yet color popping look in my photos. Is there specific lighting, like overexposing? Or is it post processing? Here ...
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Extract reflections from photo in Photoshop for use later?

I'm wondering if there's a Photoshop technique available to extract the 'reflective layer' (or an approximation of it) from photos of laptops/smartphones etc, so a screenshot of a website/app etc ...
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Is there a free application which can apply adobe Lens Correction Profile (.lcp) files?

Seeking a free and preferably open-source, ubuntu-compatible application that can apply Adobe .lcp files to remove barrel distortion. Any recommendations?
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Do film emulation presets assume a certain white balance setting?

The other day I thought I'd try 'shooting a specific film', i.e., post-process all the shots from the day with one particular film emulation preset, Kodak Portra 160 in this case. But when I sat down ...
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Why is my camera so forgiving for overblown exposure?

I've found that my camera (Sony A99) is very forgiving in terms of overexposure when shooting in RAW. By that I mean, I can overexposure by a stop or so and when I get home for the post processing I ...
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How do I price product photography? [closed]

I want to know what you would charge in this unique position. location: Atlanta products: various white china pieces; plates, mugs, etc. Photography: roughly 100 photos...25-40 single product ...
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Where can I get free RAW files online for practicing with Lightroom?

I've downloaded Adobe Lightroom in order to learn RAW image processing. I want to practise on some photos that covers basic subjects (Histograms, HDR etc). Is there a good, free source of RAW images ...
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Naming of filters and effects [closed]

This is not something important, however I am just wondering why designers give the names that they do to their filters and effects. For instance, there is an effect called "Nashville". I am ...
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How to shoot a person's eye?

I've recently seen several close up amazing shots of peoples eyes. I really want to be able to take a similar shot and am not sure what approach is best. I've got a rock solid Manfrotto tripod and a ...
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RGB working color space that uses the L* tone response curve?

There are a couple of RGB color spaces out there - LStar-RGB.icc and ProStarRGB.icc- that use the L* tone response curve. What's the supposed advantage of using the L* TRC over using a gamma curve as ...
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Photoshop - JPEG Image Option - Difference in Quality [duplicate]

In Photoshop, while saving an image as JPEG, there is an Image Option called Quality. Increasing or decreasing the value, only increases or reduces the size of the JPEG file. If we try to zoom in ...
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I need Black background in portrait taken in daylight

I want to get black background in portrait and effect like this,check my attach image file. by using which software I can get this,I guess by Lightroom but I try and failed.So Please anyone help me ...
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how can I invert brightness (not colors) in darktable 1.4.2?

I want to invert the brightness in a RAW. I do not want to invert the colors, only the brightness of the colors. Can I do that in darktable 1.4.2, and if yes how? Edit: By inverting brightness, I ...
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How do I get this dramatic look through post-processing?

For a very long time I look for tutorials on the following type of post processing but haven´t been successful so far. To be more specific - I´m interested especially in how they get the colours and ...
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What, technically, is happening when one adjusts the 'Exposure' setting in a raw editor?

Since the photograph has already been taken by the time it is being edited, 'adjusting the exposure' of a RAW file must have a specific technical meaning (which I have struggled to find) Can someone ...
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How can I best photograph a logo on a floor tile for reconstruction of the original image?

The original drawing of the local school logo is lost forever and I need to get one for a website. All that now exists is one on a floor tile (low-res version attached) taken with a Panasonic ...
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When to use what panorama projection?

I just counted the number of projections available in PtAssembler and came up with 25. Some of those 25 are probably just there just to say that it's there and are not actually useful. Plus, there are ...
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Why use UniWB? Doesn't apparent clipping of “final” colors matter more than actual clipping of RAW sensor values?

I've been reading up on UniWB and trying it out myself. My understanding is that the camera (and other RAW software?), in applying a white balance during the JPEG conversion, effectively overexposes ...
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What does it mean, to copy a lens profile correction from one photo to another in lightroom?

As the title says, what happens when copying a "lens profile correction" setting from one photo to another in lightroom? Supposing I have two photos, one shot at 10mm, one shot at 20mm, both using ...
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How to achieve this effect though post-processing

I'm looking for a way to achieve effect as in this example for my other photos. Left is the original, right - desired effect (mouse over to see, marginally NSFW) Just to be clear, I know the ...
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Is there an automated way to create composites from multiple images of a moving object? [duplicate]

I have a large series of aligned images of an object in motion (camera and background stationary) I want to overlay into a single image to show the object in each frame without any alpha blending. I ...
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Synthetic bokeh: linearly intensify bokeh/blur from e.g. detected contrast or bokeh circle sizes

This question may be somewhat uninformed, as I am certainly no expert on the notions involved, so please bear with me :) In the context of manipulating synthetic bokeh in post-processing, settling ...
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Post processing on low light/fast shutter photo

I'm trying to salvage a photo. It was taken in low light with a faster shutter speed. No matter what I do, it is always grainy. I'm interested in how to do this, not just getting it fixed. I use Gimp. ...
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How to set tint if one is colour blind?

How should someone with red-green deficiency in colour vision set tint in Lightroom or other post-processing tools?? Are there any external tools (other than asking someone) that say whether white ...
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Noise in JPEG file after processing RAW file in photoshop

Recently i started shooting in RAW after understanding its advantages over JPEG format. While processing the RAW file there is an option to reduce noise in a captured picture. It works great when i ...
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How to do a selective color adjustment in RawTherapee?

GIMP has a nice color dialog that lets me change saturation for certain colors easily. How can I do something similar in Rawtherapee? For quality and consistency reasons I want to stay in one and ...
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How can chromatic aberration be corrected within Photoshop?

I know there are many tools that correct chromatic aberration like Lightroom, Capture One and even Photoshop camera raw, but I would like to remove it manually within Photoshop (no plug ins etc) -how ...
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How can this visual effect be achieved using Photoshop or plugins? [duplicate]

I've seen effect used by a number of photographers and although I'm not sure I like it, I'm interested in understanding how it was achieved.
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list raw files in lightroom

Is there way to retrieve a list of raw file names which correspond to a given filter, in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? If I want to export files, I only see the way to convert them to jpg images, but ...
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Websites with RAW conversion contests? [closed]

Many years ago, back in the days when I didn't own a DSLR, I found some website which regularly posted random RAW photos for contestants to convert/develop (or whatever it is called in English). ...
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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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How do I take flattering photos of people with acne (scarring)?

Occasionally I'll find myself as the photographer for a professional event at my Alma mater. As a natural consequence of the demographic, there's quite a few people there with severe acne and also ...