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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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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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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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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 ...
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Can average and gaussian blur be caused by optics?

I am studying Gaussian blur and average blur. I have been told that this blur can be caused by some camera effects. For example Gaussian Blur can be caused by camera jitters (fast micro vibrations) ...
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Are there for-fee private photo editing services?

Is there any fee for service company that specializes in photo editing? Is there any service out there that can assist? I've tried editing software like GIMP but don't have the knowledge to work it ...
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How was this long exposure crowd shot taken?

How does one take a photo like this: http://inapcache.boston.com/universal/site_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/2012part2/bp23.jpg Can this be done without significant post-processing? The people sitting ...
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What post-processing basic concepts (independent of tool) should a novice learn for landscape photography

Having amassed many landscape photos (in .cr2 RAW format), I am searching for post-processing basic concepts a novice like I should learn before starting post-processing. The photos were not taken ...
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How effective is automatic fixing of RAW files?

I was wondering if there is any good software for automatic fixing of RAW files, that is, a basic initial fix of exposure, vibrance, sharpening and NR. I heard about Athentech. However, I could not ...
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Why is sharpening not recommended in RAW processing? [duplicate]

I was reading this article A Simple Workflow for RAW Processing. I noticed that sharpening is not recommended (only noise reduction is), as it should only be the final step before publishing. However, ...
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Can stacking multiple exposure images in post-processing give the same effect as a long exposure?

I like to shoot daytime long exposures, where the exposure time is around two minutes. That shows the motion of the clouds in daylight. I used a Hoya nd400 (which is 9 stops) stacked together with a ...
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What do I need to make a photo in French Noir?

What do I need to make a photo in French Noir 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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Why does darkening skies in Photoshop cause banding, and how can I avoid it?

I am pretty new to Photoshop (I have Elements 10). When I darken highlights I find that the sky ends up in bands. I have read advice that says to reduce the effect of this by using either blur or ...
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How do I get started in post-processing with Gimp? [closed]

There seem to be loads of books and online material that discuss post-processing of images and how to do it in Photoshop, see e.g. Any good tutorials for learning how to post-process images? Where ...
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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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Are there any tools out there to automatically level an image?

I am wondering if there are any tools (standalone, Lightroom/Photoshop plugins, or other) that can take a photo, look for lines that are almost vertical or horizontal (eg horizons, telephone poles, ...
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Action for processing a RAW file with smart object

I've been a wedding photographer for 25 years, just upgraded from CS5 to CS6 with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) V7. Unbelieveable difference! Can't believe the highlight recovery. Just started to make ...
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How do I explain that post-processing is an important step in producing good photos?

Yesterday I shot a few very good pictures, went home and post-processed them. After a few hours, I showed the results to my friends. They told me "you did that with Photoshop", as I which is true, but ...