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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 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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How can I reverse-engineer the RAW conversion settings used in a JPEG image?

I've lost my Lightroom catalog during OS migration. I have couple of JPEGs developed from RAWs and would like to put few more JPEGs from other RAWs in similar mood. Is there a way to reverse engineer ...
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How do I re-create the warm film-like look of the new Southern Comfort advert?

Nobody's quite sure why the new Southern Comfort add is quite as cool as it is, but I really like the warm 70's film-like look that they have added to the video. How would I re-create this warmth in ...
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Editing or retaking my shot to maximize sharpness, image quality, and reduction of noise.

This is my image that is part of a pano I'm working on. How can I transform it to be similar to this amazing image especially when considering sharpness, noise, and the the light coming form the ...
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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 would one remove yellow eyes instead of red eyes?

On a recent trip to Madagascar, we were able to capture some interesting animals during the night, where of course we used flash. The following photo is not made by me... ...
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Which free editing program has an preset 'Relief' adjustment?

Before my XP went walk-about (and the hard drive went with it) I was using a free editing program that allowed a "one-touch" (well, actually it was three clicks — but who's counting...) adjustment to ...
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Can I do a Selective Color effect in Photoshop Elements?

In TipSquirrel there is a tutorial on "Unifying an image with Selective Color" By Michael Hoffman. Can this be done with Photoshop Elements. I am not very knowledgable on Photoshop Elements as I ...
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How do I create a vignette in Photoshop Elements 11?

I'm new to Photoshop Elements 11. I am trying to create a vignette effect on some pictures. I'm using the Guided view with "Lomo Camera Effect" (but only the vignette option, not the lomo). I find ...
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How can I give an ethereal appearance to a photo?

Using only photoshop filters, how can I give a paradisiac appearance to a photo? The type of photos to edit are mainly portraits of women, but the technique must also be applicable to landscape ...
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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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Batch processing/retouching scanned film with severe artifacts

An aunt asked me to scan some film for her (my best guess is they're 40+ years old), but my usual workflow has been challenged. Some background: I use Linux. And I have an Epson Perfection V350 ...
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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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How to shoot a person's eye?

I've recently seen several close up amazing shots of peoples eyes. I really want to be able to take a similar shot and am not sure what approach is best. I've got a rock solid Manfrotto tripod and a ...
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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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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 does software raise exposure in post-processing?

Does anyone know of any algorithms or can explain mathematically how brightness (EV) is executed in post-processing? Does it adjust the level of brightness/RBG/contrast for each pixel? Does it relate ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I tell what equipment and lighting setup was used for a studio portrait?

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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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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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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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 edit the exposure/contrast of two different areas of a photo with a smooth transition between the two parts?

I'm a complete newbee in photography and in photography editing, but I made a a photo I really like with my phone, and I would like to improve it numerically. Here is the photo. I know how to use ...
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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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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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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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Astrophotography picture with too much noise. How do I correct this in postprocessing?

This is the Milky Way above Kakadu National Park, Australia, and my first try at astrophotography. Thirty second exposure, f/4.0 at 17mm with ISO 12800 (!!) which in hindsight probably was way too ...
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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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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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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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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 do selective-color in Photoshop?

How to make the single color in a photography to be color and other parts changed to B&W?. Don't know exactly the name of the effect, to be more clear in the following photo I want the green part ...
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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 does it mean to shoot in flat colors?

I read somewhere that you should shoot in "flat colors" to make it easy to work in post-production. What does "flat" mean?
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What is the best practice in using LR/Enfuse?

I have Lightroom 4 and have downloaded LR/Enfuse for Mac. I have checked out the information on using Enfuse but with my endeavours are not that happy with the results. That is I was expecting a ...
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Where can I get free RAW files online for practicing with Lightroom?

I've downloaded Adobe Lightroom in order to learn RAW image processing. I want to practise on some photos that covers basic subjects (Histograms, HDR etc). Is there a good, free source of RAW images ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...