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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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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 ...
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How can I make fog whiter and more attractive?

Just came across your site, and so hopeful to save my material from my last photo walk. My Google search on how to improve foggy pictures brought it up. When shooting, the associations were those of ...
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How do sharpening tools work?

I'll be brief: How do digital photo sharpening tools restore edges to photos? Why do they only sometimes work? Why don't they restore the image perfectly i.e what are the limits of the tools?
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Why do RAW files only show you 8 bit of the 14bit recorded?

Following up from a previous related raw file latitude question. Why do RAW files record in 14 bit but only show 8 bit of data? The remaining data is hidden away to the right or left of the histogram. ...
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Is there a program that does automatic adjustment of levels in a batch?

I have a few hundred images, some of them are just too dark, some others are fine but a level adjustment would be beneficial I think. Is there any program that can automatically adjust level, ...
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How to correct photos which were overexposed at the edges only?

I'm dealing with a set of photos where a model was photographed against a white backdrop. The problem is that due to the setup, way too much light reflected off the backdrop. So the model's face (for ...
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How do I combine multiple exposures for action shots?

I'd like to create one of those "stacked" action shot images where multiple exposures are combined to show the subject moving across a static background. Here's an example I found on Flickr (by ...
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How does one create the Dave Hill effect for portraits/action shots?

Inspired by the question here by sebastian.b, and the response to the subsequent meta question. I would like to ask how to achieve a specific photo effect. There may be more photographers that pull ...
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How to compare the before and after image in Darktable?

I'm using Darktable to edit photos. There is one option, which I'm still looking for, but it seems to be unavailable or hidden somewhere. How to (after making some changes) preview a source image in ...
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What's an easy way to batch assign (not convert) an ICC profile to .JPG and .CR2 Canon RAW files?

All of the files that comes out of my camera (Canon Rebel T3i) are not assigned a colorspace. Instead, all files the format IMG_XXXX.JPG/CR2 are implied sRGB and _MG_XXXX.JPG/CR2 are implied Adobe RGB ...
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Is there an “Exposure” setting In GIMP comparable to that in Photoshop's Image Adjustments?

In Photoshop, there is an Exposure feature in Image-Adjustments-Exposure which changes the image as if you actually changed the shutter speed on the camera. This effect is generally much more ...
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Small Studio/Objects Containing White : Getting A Pure White Background

This is a question that pops up occasionally, and I wanted to ask it a bit differently because this is an issue 1) that lots of people have; and 2) is a bit different from working with clearly defined ...
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Weird color when dark area is brightened up?

Sometimes I have shots that are not well exposed (I shoot in RAW) and it's really dark. I would selectively brighten up the shadow area. Usually it's fine if the area is not too dark. But if it's ...
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How can I change colour of reflection/shadows to blue, to match the water?

Original Pic: I have taken and edited the above shot in Lightroom to give an evening effect. I would like to remove the green reflection of trees on the lake to darker blue or the color of ...
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Does Dfine 2 have multiple file processing limitations in LightRoom?

I have Lightroom 4.4 and the free trial of the Nik collection. I have 160 images that I'd like to run through Dfine 2 for noise reduction. If I select multiple images and send them to the plugin ...
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What is an efficient workflow for picking photos from a large set? [duplicate]

In the last couple of days I shot quite a number of images at several locations (been to a concert and conference in another city). Now I wonder how others process large amounts of photos. Do you ...
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How do pros manage to make the color green so bright in their nature photographs?

I am an amateur photographer, I had a question how do professional photographers manage to make the green color so bright in their images. For example: ...
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Black background post processing tips?

This week I've been experimenting with getting some things photographed with a completely black background. Following some tips on this site about background distance etc, I came to the following ...
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How was this image with red seats on a black and white background created?

What sort of post production process can help achieve this appearance? http://500px.com/photo/5152024
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How do I achieve these golden/reddish Indian wedding effects using Lightroom 3?

I have been playing with various options, tried various tutorials.. but I never get the post processed image I am looking for. Tried using ligthroom presets, but the result is always a very ...
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What are the pros and cons of Canon 5D III / 6D HDR Mode Vs HDR using a computer + HDR software?

How well does the Canon 5D III / 6D HDR mode rate against other HDR modes? i.e. using a computer + HDR software?
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What are the effects/filters being used in these pictures?

What are the special effects and filters that applies in these pictures: http://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/933920_650214808328552_285093563_n.jpg ...
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What is the most effective Photoshop technique to remove people from photos?

For years I have played with the various Adobe Photoshop tools to remove pesky tourists from my landscape photos. Some of the tools and methods I've tried include: Clone Stamp Tool(.87 or earlier) ...
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How does one do light painting with in focus subject? Maybe a composite?

I understand and have tried some rudimentary light painting, but I'm still not sure how one might achieve something like the photos here: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/18221422 Is this ...
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Background screen for portrait photography?

I'm looking for suggestions for a portrait background (paper/cloth). I have seen photographers using different background screens, but being an amateur photographer I don't want to invest money buying ...
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Is there something similar to Adobe Lightroom for Linux?

I know about digiKam and Photivo, both of which are excellent software for post-processing RAW photographies and performing minor edits. However, these two programs aren't that good at organising ...
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How to I get the Instagram “Lux” effect without using Instagram?

I am kind of fascinated with the new Lux effect of Instagram. I want to "get" the same effect myself, during post processing. This is what I was able to get to, after playing with Levels, Contrast, ...
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Does Microsoft ICE correct barrel distortion?

For a panorama, I created more than a hundred images with my Panasonic Lunix DMC FZ5, with 6mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 36mm). I want to import these images into ICE, to create a panorama. 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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How to batch process dust and scratch removal in pictures with the use of filters?

I have a few hundred scanned slides that are about 30 yrs old and contain quiet a lot of dust/scratches. I'd like to use a filter to automate removal of most dust/scratches as I cannot realistically ...
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Is conversion to 16 bit needed for good PP results when working on JPEG images?

When working on JPEG files, should I start by converting the images to 16 bit depth? Supposedly that would make for more room for the adjustments I'm going to make on the photos. Two occasions that ...
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What post processing should be done to my photographs of the aurora borealis to improve colours and impact?

I have included links to 2 RAW images ( I've also put the JPEG images up) that I took in Iceland last month where I was very fortunate to see the northern lights on two different nights. The ...
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How to retouch to correct lights from an amateur photo shoot?

We did an amateur photo shooting for a new clothing brand but had some lack of good lighting. Some pics can be seen at www.tahara.es What kind of retouching could be recommended on Lightroom or PS? ...
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How to darken the background and have the subjects in color?

I have an image and I want to darken the background and keep the subject in colour. How do I do that? Test image : ...
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How much of a good fashion or surreal photo is post-production?

I tend to like photos that look dramatic or otherworldly (particularly when capturing things that may actually be fairly mundane). Aside from obvious things like air-brushing or photo-manipulations ...
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Can you fix incorrect exposure during post processing?

If a photo is over or under exposed but not to the point of clipping (histogram does not reach the left or right side) is there any reason you couldn't just fix the exposure in Photoshop or Lightroom? ...
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How much post processing advantage is gained when scanning 35mm negatives as TIFF rather than JPG?

I am sending some C41 colour film to be developed. I'm not going to be requesting any prints, just scans of the negative to CD. I can choose between high resolution, high quality JPG or TIFF. The ...
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Why does text in a photograph become blurry when I downscale the image?

Recently I created a website where I sell books. I captured some images with a Canon EOS 550, and then I resized them according to the website space, but when I resized the original picture, then the ...
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How best to manage multiple virtual copies of an image in Lightroom?

in the process of improving a photo, I often end up with lots of virtual copies (eg. I apply some basic adjustments, then create 3 copies to experiment with, then choose one of these and create a few ...
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Where can I find good post-processing examples with original RAW files?

I'm an advanced amateur when it comes to photography and post-processing and was looking for additional tutorials and resources to improve my craft. Specifically, I'm looking for any sites that have ...
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Why does my Adobe Lightroom temporarily pixelate photos after every change?

I'm using Adobe Lightroom 3.0. I go to develop mode and everything is fine (the photo is sharp). After I do any change (saturation, fill light, sharpness... whatever) the photo automatically gets ...
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How do I achieve these moon lit dark skin tones?

Picture of moonlit figures at beach. http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/540352_10152366764920176_412187176_n.jpg
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What do I need to make a photo in Silver Age Poetry style?

What do I need to make a photo in Silver Age poetry style? Maybe I am not naming the style correctly, but the examples should give an idea of what I mean. Can somebody explain what technique and ...
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Blue / Green Water Filters and Shooting RAW While SCUBA Diving

I've recently gotten into SCUBA diving, and am curious about shooting with available light underwater. I've heard that when taking underwater photos with available light, an appropriate blue or green ...
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Does rotating a photo count as a destructive editing?

I usually rotate all my jpg photos (using Windows Photo Viewer) after removing them from my camera's card. Is this correct? Am I losing quality for rotating them? Should I just leave them as they are ...
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Resolution and frame size for TV RAW processing

I'm thinking about using my Vizio 55-inch 1080p LED TV for RAW processing. I would connect the MacBook to it via HDMI. Considering that I would be standing about 2.5 meters away, which combination ...
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What software or technique was used to acheive this (soft-curves-brush-stroke) effect? [duplicate]

I am curious to know what software, filter plugin or technique was used to achieve the effect applied on the tree on the following photo: http://500px.com/photo/28630509?from=upcoming&from_page=4 ...
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Emulating Film Black and White in Digital: From Pictures to Print

I want to have that "feel" of black and white film with my digital photos. Would the Lightroom filters be enough? I mean, if this is done with digital, can I make it so that somehow Adobe Lightroom ...
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Effects used on Abhranil Das's “Mountains on the Horizon” picture of the week?

I am curious about this picture of the week: Several things don't look quite right to me, and I'm curious if these really are artifacts or my imagination. If the former, it would be interesting to ...
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duplicate people with overlayed photos [duplicate]

I was reading this post and i saw that image of the guy jumping while skiing, and I was wondering. How did the photographer did that effect? It's clear that you need multiple shots with a tripod, but ...