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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 do I get such clear and detailed pictures like Aurelie Curie?

Often times I'm looking around and I find images that just seem to have this great balance and exposure to them that gives them such a stunning look. I always wonder why I can never get similar ...
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How do I get rid of shiny skin with Lightroom?

For photos taken with my Point & Shoot camera, the flash often leave people in the photo with a 'shiny skin' effect. Other than not using the flash (or at least moving the flash off the ...
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What does the “I'm feeling lucky” function in Picasa 3 do?

I took a bunch of pictures this weekend and then ran them through Picasa's "I'm feeling lucky" function. As always, I was pretty impressed with the differences. Here's an example: Unprocessed ...
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How to analyse a photo correctly?

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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Animated mosaic

I want to make sort of an animated mosaic of about 25 photos. Starting from a white background and having the photos fade in one by one untill the entire canvas is filled. Can anyone recommend an ...
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What is a good, *free* online “cross processing” program?

I am currently using Photoshop Elements 9 and the functions such as Lomo Effect and Color Curves do not enable me to produce images with colour such as this example on Flickr and this one It is ...
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How can I invert part of a photo?

Is there an easy way to invert part of a photo in software? Is there a good image viewer that does that?
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How to get rid of dead/stuck pixels in a chdk generated DNG?

I am using a canon ixus 300 HS camera and configured it to shoot RAW (DNG) by using CHDK (version: 1.0.0-1825; latest build for ixus 300 HS). At first sight, all seems ok and the DNG's are generated ...
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What sort of adjustments should be applied to bring out the colors in this photograph of the aurora?

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the Aurora Borealis and while a limited number of my photographs where quite striking with almost no adjustments, a lot of them look like the following: ...
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How do I make a reproducible effect in Paint.NET?

I have gone through like ten steps to produce a vintage effect (or any other effect) in Paint.NET. I am wondering if there is any easy way to do all the steps again automatically for another photo. Is ...
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How do I achieve a vintage photo effect in Photoshop?

How can I achieve this vintage color tone in Photoshop? Photo link
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Tilt-shift miniature effect from lens versus post-processing miniature effect [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment? Miniature faking can be done in post-processing using in-camera software, other software, or sites ...
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Which software can batch-process RAW photos on Linux?

I'm interested in efficient processing of RAW photos on Linux. I've played with RAW a little, but so far I've always reverted back to JPG as I can't be bothered to spend hours doing post-processing. ...
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what does lens correction in photo software do?

I shoot most of my pictures with a Sigma 17-50 F2.8 lens on my Canon 450D in RAW. And I process the RAWs in Canon's free software, DPP (Digital Photo Professional). This software has one feature ...
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Photographing microfiche readers: Bright light forces camera to darken image

I am a researcher and often have to take photographs of material from microfiche cards. The problem that I have been encountering is that on non-digital readers, there is a bright lamp behind the ...
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Hugin image/layer order

I made some huge panorama but to complete the background i used some 'low-res' pictures from a much wider lens. Everything is well connected, but the image order is not the order from the "Images" ...
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Resource for guidance on achieving specific styles and 'looks' independent of software

Lately I've found that I can usually capture the image the way I envision it as far as exposure and composition but I begin to flail around in getting it from RAW file or negative/transparency to ...
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How to post process photos like Ildiko Neer did?

I am shocked. I have seen Ildiko Neer's photos (for example, http://500px.com/photo/12062795). Could someone explain: what should I do, from beginning, to get so result. Any valid direction :). Sorry ...
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How does in-camera noise reduction compare to software one?

Does programmatically reducing noise reduction the give the same results as hardware post processing in camera, such as on a Nikon D90? What is the best software to do such things (like Photomatix ...
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Can I remove the cable in postprocessing for this photo?

I have Adobe Lightroom. I could get Adobe Photoshop but it will really cost. For this kind of photo adjustments is it worth? But first, can it be done with today's software? Here's the pic : PS: ...
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How does automatic HDR software work?

An HDR image is the combined image of varied exposures that give good detail of the subject in the photograph. How does HDR software know what part of the images to blend? Manually, we know by ...
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How do I remove dead pixels from a digital photo?

I have a Nikon D90 and until recently it has been working just perfectly. While viewing a set of photos I had taken I'm starting to find these little nasty dead pixels: They only show up when ...
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Can a sharp picture with a kit lens plus post processing rival a “pro” lens?

If I am able to take a relatively sharp picture with a kit lens, and boost the vibrance and or saturation during post processing, will that picture be comparable to ones taken from an expensive ...
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Techniques to pull skin tones out of the shadows?

What are some good workflows and methods for pulling skin tones out of the shadow and preserving tonality? I took a couple shots during a sunrise and did not want to blind riders (who had been riding ...
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Are images like this possible straight out of a D40 without post-processing?

These are probably one the best shots I ever saw using the entry level Nikon D40 (which is the only DLSR I have). While my skills are far from pro, I think these photos are quite too good to be true ...
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How to split tone in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2?

I have Lightroom 4 and Nik Software I am wishing to create various toning within a photo. What I mean by this is if I have a photo with a chair with cushions , lamp shade, rug etc I would like to ...
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How to get the best results with resizing an image?

I've heard that resizing your image from 100% to the desired size is not a good way to resize an image. Given developer/photographers like Fred Miranda have written tools to help resize your images ...
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How to photograph sun bursts through tree canopy? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get photos showing the “shaft of light” effect? I really like Lars van de Goor photography, especially his shots of sun bursts through trees. I ...
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RAW HDR with Photomatix dramatically different images in preview vs final

I am just getting into photography and HDR photography. I downloaded the trial of Photomatrix to test out some photos of pictures I took in Washington DC. For better or worse I decided to take RAW ...
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How should I post process images from a cloudy, dark day?

Here in the Netherlands, it's been snowing quite a log the last few days. This is something special here, especially this time of year, so I went out and shot a few pictures. It was a cloudy, ...
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What is this effect called and how can I post process my photos to get this effect?

I came across this image of an artist on a website. I was wondering what this type of effect on images was called and how I can post process my photos get this effect?
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How to enable auto-loading of several next photos in Lightroom?

I'm using Lightroom 4.1 to review, cherry pick and postprocess a bunch of Canon RAW photos from a big shooting session. I use the Library view in Loupe mode to review the photos and pick up the best ...
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What’s this post-processing effect?

I am very intrigued by this photo. Can anyone shed some light into how this effect could be achieved? photo photo 2
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How to achieve the blurred vertical lines effect in these photos?

How can I create the gray vertical lines effect at the bottom of this photo and the green vertical lines at the bottom of this?
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Can someone shed some light on how the effect in this bar photo was done?

I am very intrigued by this photo. Can anyone shed some light into how this effect could be achieved?
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How to get rid of smoke in this fireworks photo in post processing

This was a 6 seconds on f/11 exposure with 100 ISO. The sky wasn't dark so I couldn't use the black t-shirt trick here. Anyway, how can I lose the smoke using Adobe Lightroom 4 or Adobe Photoshop?
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Possible to create/make “longer” light writing photos with post-processing?

I recently discovered my girlfriend's (relatively cheap) camera has a long-shutter night mode. With this I made a few light writing experiments. For instance like this: Basically, the bad thing ...
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What is a good amount of noise reduction to apply in post-processing?

This is similar to this question, but I think slightly different. When post-processing a photo, especially one taken at high ISO, how much noise reduction should be applied? I know this question ...
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Photo Processing - What am I doing wrong?

I seem to have a problem processing photos and I am not sure where I am going wrong. The issue is on my desktop monitor the photos look great. Overall vivid color, brightness, contrast etc. When I ...
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Image processing & editing: what is an “unmanipulated” image?

What is considered an "unmanipulated" image? As defined by photo.net: Unmanipulated a single uninterrupted exposure cropping to taste common adjustments to the entire image, e.g., ...
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Sharpening for smart phone viewing

Why do my website photos look fine on a computer and ipad, but blurry on a smart phone (iPhone 4s)? How do I sharpen and save for smartphone use?
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Post-processing workflows for outdoor baby photography

I am a pretty novice photographer, and I just shot some pictures of my 9mo baby girl outside next to our garden. This was my first shoot outside that I want to really make the pictures special. The ...
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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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What are the first few steps a beginner should take in post processing?

I'm starting to learn more about post processing my images, and I'm just wondering what are the first few steps I should take into post processing that would have the biggest effect on the photos I ...
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How to remove flaws from multiple images?

I have just returned from a trek that I cannot repeat. In archiving the photos I took on this trek, I realised that for one series of photographs I had something on the lens (probably yak shit). This ...
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How to best filter away high ISO noise in Gimp?

So I took a picture at a high ISO value in poor light conditions. I can't retake it, the grain effect is bad, I'm aware this will never be a good photo, but I still want to make the best out of it. ...
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Is compositing a viable technique for high key portrait type shots?

In the absence of off-camera speedlites and a suitable back-drop I'm wondering if using post processing based compositing would be a viable technique to achieve a high key (or indeed low key type) ...
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What uses does tone mapping have beyond HDR?

Tone mapping is infamous as the technique used to enhance "raw" HDR photos (because by nature they have poor contrast). From this I think understand the principle of what it does (increasing local ...
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Resize and sharpen or sharpen and then resize?

Is there a logical reason why one is preferred over the other or it does not make any difference either way? Edit: I meant resize as in downsizing the image.