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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 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 ...
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Why can I recover more highlights RAW files from some cameras than from others?

I have two cameras that both shoot raw: Nikon D800 and Fujifilm X20. When editing I have discovered that I can recover a lot more information from a D800 raw image than a X20 raw image. Is it because ...
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Long Exposure Photo vs. Video [duplicate]

If I want to make some cool photos with long exposure times but not having a good camera that allows me to define the time, can I get the same result recording a video and make the superposition of ...
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How can I achieve this low contrast effect in Photoshop?

Using Camera Raw or Photoshop, how can I achieve this look? http://www.flickr.com/photos/adriellyalves/9854934404/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/adriellyalves/9764912546/ ...
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How can I get the colors in my photo to look like a painting by the Dutch masters?

I am trying to make pictures look like paintings. I am interested about reaching a similar color grading. This is an example: link I'm asking an opinion about what kind of techniques should I ...
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How to have colors in Milky-way?

Many photos of Milky-way show it in nice colors instead of just the black of sky and white of the stars. Is the key to having those colors in the capturing of the image or in the post processing, or ...
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My images are not sharper Nikon D800

I have Nikon D800 and I feel that my images are not sharper. My friend has D4 and I like the way his images look. But he always says he reduced the sharpness in the camera. What value can I set to ...
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Gigapixel photo post processing [closed]

How are gigapixel (GP) panoramas processed? I just made a small panorama with ~2 gigapixels and I am processing it using Photoshop of the stitched panorama. Output from my stitching software works ...
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How to set white balance in a photo of stars?

Just as in camera menu, there is WB presets available in RAW processing. Those include daylight, cloudy, shade, flash, fluorescent, etc. And of course Auto and custom settings. When processing my ...
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What does lens correction in software actually correct to?

I understand what lens correction does, correcting vignetting, barrel/pin cushion distortion and other types of distortion, however I was wondering what the photo is corrected to? Vignetting is ...
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What technique was used to achieve this partial vertical motion blur? Software or camera movement?

I really like the effect of having a part of a photograph in sharp focus and other (usually upper) part in what appears to be a vertical motion blur. I see it most often done with photos of group of ...
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What's the best way to remove discolouration of scanned photographs?

I'm got a batch of printed photos which I am scanning to store a digital copy of and possibly enlarge them for printing. I've scanned them at the maximum quality (600DPI) and saved it with the least ...
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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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Should beginners start post-processing soon?

I am a beginner in photography and I have started post-processing. The pictures look better after post-processing, but I feel like I have cheated! Is it okay considering post-processing as an ...
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How can this retro effect be achieved in Lightroom?

I recently came across this selection of superb photos, all with a great retro effect. How can I achieve this effect in Lightroom?
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Why are minor differences appear magnified when synced to the same parameters in Lightroom?

In a night photography setup, I took many shots in order to do a time lapse. When post-processing, I adjusted the first photo to my taste and then synchronized all of them. As for result, each photo ...
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LED HD TV as a monitor for post processing purpose [duplicate]

Can I use a 47" 3d led hd tv with my pc to post process my photos? I am not sure how the quality will be on such a big screen photo being of some 4900x3600 approx.
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How to avoid visual “burnout” during post-processing?

Sometimes I keep on adjusting a photo for longer than is healthy. What follows is that I go somewhat blind to tones and colors. Then, I get oversaturated and dark images. I am new to RAW processing, ...
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How to enhance details (like freckles) in lightroom?

I searched over the web but all pages offers solutions via Photoshop. Is there a way to do it in lightroom or is PS the only solution? I'd think something like levels would help, but there are no ...
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Is there a command line tool in Linux to remove fisheye effect?

I have a gopro hero 3 and I use it to make timelapses on linux. The problem is that I don't like the fisheye effect that its lens produces. Is there any Linux tool that removes that? I am especially ...
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How to pause a batch operation in photoshop to allow for user interaction?

Is there a way to insert a pause into an action to wait for a batch operation? I have a script set up to take the selection from an image and stick it on a white backdrop, and wanted to set it up so ...
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What changes (specifically improvements) occur to image quality when you reduce the resolution in post?

If you shoot a lot of megapixels, let's say 21MP, what image improvements/changes will occur when you downsample the image to a resolution around 1920x1080 for display on a normal 1080p HD television? ...
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Why can't software fix bad lighting?

They say good light is when light is soft, during those rare hours of the day. And bad light is harsh light, where the light is straight on in the middle of the afternoon. That all seems to make ...
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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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Which workflow and processing to achieve Exposure-Fusion?

I know how to make HDR pictures, and I've seen a huge amount of HDR pictures. I dislike most of them. I heard about Exposure-Fusion, which seems to match my expectations. There is one photographer ...
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How to copy all editing steps (not just settings) In Lightroom?

Is there a way to copy the editing steps from one image and paste them to another image in Lightroom, rather than simply copy/pasting the settings? I use a number of presets in Lightroom. When ...
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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 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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How was this high-gloss achieved when taking photos of skyscrapers?

I found this picture in my folders (not sure where it originally came from but (C) Daniel Groszek ). How were the colours achieved here obtained? It looks like a black and white photo, plus blue ...
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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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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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How to emulate the in-camera processing into Lightroom? [duplicate]

First off, I'm a beginner in matters of digital photo processing (and photography for that record). I already know that the RAW file is a dump of raw sensor data with no processing whatsoever applied ...
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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 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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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. ...