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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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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 to achieve this kind of softness in the details?

How to achieve this kind of "softness" in a details like on the image below in Photoshop? It is definitely not a blurring, there must be something else I'm missing. Tried a bunch of techniques with ...
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How to create different color effects with gimp? [duplicate]

How can I make images look like those in Gimp, how can I play with colors? What tools or approach should I take?
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How to get this washed out look in lightroom [duplicate]

How to get this low contrast washed flared look for portraits in lightroom https://www.flickr.com/photos/emsoto/
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Which version of Photoshop should I choose? [duplicate]

Currently I use Lighroom and wanted to start using Photoshop for my editing . I am very new to Photoshop and have no idea what is the latest version, what are plug ins and other terminology used with ...
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Can work with RAW to be the next step for the development? [duplicate]

I am amateur photographer and I don't plan any variants commercial use of my photos. But I want to evolve to take better pictures. I started from the purchase of the camera Sony Nex-5 (with KIT-lens ...
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Post production for beginners [closed]

I am having a hard time finding information (books or websites) related to post production. I would like to understand how (and even when or why) we adjust brightness and colors, what could enhance a ...
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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 ...
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Spectral lines emulation

Is there any way to change the image taken under a sunlight (i.e. full and continuous colour spectrum) to look like taken under a light source with line spectrum (e.g. mercury or sodium street lamp)? ...
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how to capture the details of a face?

I have been browsing in behance and i fell in love with his work. how do you do this kind of photography? its so clean and detailed, if this is edited in PS then can you post some links fo any tutz? ...
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How to create sophsticated aquarelle-style image from a photograph, like the Waterlogue app?

I recently found out about Waterlogue . It is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you transform photos into painterly, aquarelle-pencil-style "paintings". Information how it is done is scant but we ...
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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 can I whiten my background, without whitening the subject or modifying subject colours?

If I take portraits against a white background I like to use a colorchecker passport to ensure that my subjects come out at the end of my workflow looking 'true to life'. The problem is that due to ...
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Can I make real tilt-shift 2D photos from 3D Photos?

I have a 3D camera, i can shoot 3D stills, is there a plug-in or some sort of post-production method to estimate the distance from the camera to every single object in the scene (maybe a pixel ...
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Custom Background - In SLRs [duplicate]

There is a background image. We can take a new picture with some white/black background, and select the required parts from this new photo and put it in background image. This can be done using any ...
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Photo of an experiment

I have an experiment with the specimen 100m long and 3m wide. I would like to capture the the image of entire specimen (from top) for fixed time intervals to analyze the behavior with time using some ...
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How to fix the exposure of a snow scene which came out gray?

I’ve got a video and a photo shot in the same day and same place. But my camera (GoPro Hero 3, 720p) doesn’t allow to customise settings and video is very poor quality. I tried to fix this using ...
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How can I remove color cast created by a defective scanner?

I scanned my photo using an HP Scanjet scanner, but scanner CCD sensor has a problem and the result is a scanned image as below: As you can see in the image, there is additional color cast. Is it ...
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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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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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How to produce nice looking analog (film) grain digitally with Photoshop or other applications?

There are some photographers like Michael ackerman, Daido Moriyama, Igor Posner, Jacob Aue Sobol, who shoot digitally but some also analog who very often achieve to bring a nice looking grain in their ...
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Suggestions what I can do with 26 images of the same scene taking in different seasons [closed]

I have 26 copies of a scene taken in different seasons from the same position. They are not all perfectly aligned, but can be aligned manually. Here is 1 copy below Can anyone suggest what great ...
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How do I get 3 images to match the same colors (is it via color correction?)

I have a set of 3 images and I would like for all of them to have the same color scheme (ie. I think it's via color correction) Essentially I want the gray in each photo to look identical when I look ...
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What is the typical post processing work flow for amateur photographers?

I love photography; I hate postprocessing. Seeing that I am an amateur, not just by virtue of not getting paid for it, but also being rather new to the whole affair, I already am used to most of my ...
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Can I align images via manually-set control points?

I have two images I would like to align. Autoalign is not possible because the images display the same place in different weather conditions. Is it possible that I select few control points (building ...
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How can I take portrait pictures like Apple's 30 years of Mac campaign?

Is it possible just by getting a good camera? Do I have to do serious editing after the photo is taken? http://www.apple.com/30-years/
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Selective colour adjustment from brush in Lightroom possible?

Is it possible to adjust selective colour from an area highlighted by the brush adjustment tool in Lightroom? Additionally I can't see any options for luminance adjustment of brush adjustments ...
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How to denoise a dark photo with extremely high ISO?

There are situations where I would reluctantly have to turn the ISO to the larger extreme. Nevertheless I can get some photos that I pretty much like under these circumstances. Here is an example. ...
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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 to remove the halo created in HDR?

I use Oloneo HDRengine to process bracketed photos into HDR images. I am often left with a halo around objects against the background of the sky. If I am happy with the rest of the image, is there a ...
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Rog Walker / Street Etiquette Style - How to get their style of editing

I'm interested in this kind of look. Does anyone know how it can be accomplished within Lightroom 5. The photographers name is Rog Walker. Not sure if anyone is familiar with his work. ...
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When does “photography” become “digital art”?

This question is not as opinion based as the title suggests. Airbrushing, image manipulation and stitching have all been around since almost the birth of photography as we know it. I can't help but ...
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How can this brightly colored yet gentle pastel-color effect be achieved?

I found this image on http://unsplash.com/ and quite a few have this vivid yet pastel effect. Can it be achieved in Photoshop or Lightroom?
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Can photos from a mediocre zoom be made as sharp as a prime lens in post-production?

I use Canon 7D with a 18-135 kit lens. Though the image is in focus, it is not that sharp. I wonder if we can have a sharp image — something equivalent to primes — with post production. What I have ...
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How does wedding photographer post-process to achieve this rich detailed + high contrast portrait look?

Extremely rich in detail and contrast, which make the photo look very stand out (3D) and feels like looking at a masterpiece painting. I assumed this is not a 3 shot combined HDR photo (since involve ...
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How can I match light levels in a composite / panorama astronomy photo?

I have made a mosaique of the sun, but all pictures have different light levels. I was wondering how to match these colors to be the same everywhere. So basically I need all the pink to be the same ...
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Color correction by a reference image, or How to compare images and generate color lookup table?

I have two images A and B, of the same object. A has distorted color, but the color of B is better. I want to correct the color of A with the help of information contained in B. How do I do this? 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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Sharpening for Collage printing: individual images or once for the whole thing?

I have about 200 photos which I have to make into a single big collage (48" X 72"). The height might vary, the width is fixed. I shoot raw and have the individual photos in Lightroom. I will ...
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What is sharpness vs. clarity in photo editing software?

I have been using Lightroom and Photoshop Pro for past 7 months. For all my photos, I used to increase the sharpness using the options available. I now see another option called clarity, and when I ...
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How to correct perspective distortion?

This is the original photograph I took with a Canon 6D and focal length 80mm (desaturated): I wanted the building to use up more space, so I cropped it: Because of the tilt of the off-center ...
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Changing grid-color of Cropping tool of Lightroom

When we use Lightroom, cropping tool utilize a grid which is White in color. Problem is: when i edit some whitish or light-colored photo, the grid is almost invisible. In that case, I cannot ...
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How to capture multiple (action) exposures of someone in a single image? [duplicate]

Can anyone clarify how to capture a photo as shown below? Is there any specific settings in camera, or is it done via post-processing using Photoshop or any other photo editing software? I own ...
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automatically process raw files

are there any good products on the market that could automate processing of raw files? some intelligence would be required (akin to photoshops auto color), to adjust exposure, color balance, and ...
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Is RAW worth the effort if using simple editing tools (e.g. iPhoto)

I am an intermediate amateur (how do you measure these things anyway? Well, I can't say I'm an advanced, and don't think I am a beginner), and I feel that I should take the RAW leap. I avoided it ...
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What is the Lightroom equivalent of setting the contrast to -2 in the camera?

I am playing with the different picture styles directly from my Canon 5D-II and I would like to know if there is some sort of mapping with what I can do in Lightroom. What is the equivalent of -2 ...
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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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Does there occur any filtering in making merge-to-HDR picture? [duplicate]

I have the interpretation simplistically that you can make this by taking two pictures of high dynamic range picture and low dynamic range picture, and then merging. This way the HDR-picture should be ...
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Is there an inverse function which will return an HDR picture to its original?

I want to return my original picture from an HDR-picture which I made with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Does an inverse function exist to do this? The HDR technique takes two pictures where there is more ...
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How levels and curves tools are related?

I started to use levels and curves tools quite recently and now I mostly use the second one. Mostly this is due to the fact that I understand the underlied mathematics of curves better than levels. My ...