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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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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 ...
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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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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.
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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 there free software which can correct smudges etc caused by dust inside the camera?

My cheap point-and-shoot digital camera (BenQ DC C1035) has served me well for a year and a half but recently seems to have let some dust inside which results in smudges or blobs on every shot. Since ...
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What program can I use to combine approximately 1000 .jpg images into a slideshow video (.mov, .mpg, .avi, or similar)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Timelapse software for Linux What Windows software can assemble a sequence of photos into a timelapse? I have a series of photographs that I would like to combine into ...
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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 can be done to replicate the look of Andrew Bayda photographs?

Look please photos of Andrew Bayda. Can tell me anybody please how does he reach so poppy color and cotrast? I think one of secrets is using Capture One Pro soft, but I'm using that software too ...
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What does “lifted blacks” mean?

What does "lifted blacks" mean? How does it affect your image? How do I do it in Lightroom?
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What is must have software for image editing on Mac?

Currently, I have downloaded Gimp on my Mac and using it to edit images. I don't mind spending money to buy other software if it makes things easier or faster. What is must have software for image ...
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How to achieve this colored-haze effect in Lightroom?

I really like the colored-haze in this photo: http://meiirene.35photo.ru/photo_372234/ How do I do it in Lightrooom?
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Real-time vs post-production blurs — what's the difference?

I've always been a huge fan of blurry photos, I guess in part because almost any camera is able to take blurry photos, though some better than others. What's the difference between real-time and ...
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What kind of photo effect is this?

I've been seeing various photographers post photos with this type of effect http://fadedandblurred.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/yangtze-2.jpg it's a bit washed out, yet retains the crisp detail ...
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How do I create a “day-night” scene in a photo?

I recently came upon the image below, and more like them on Stephen Wilke's website, and was wondering how the image was made. It really seems that there would be some form of post processing, but ...
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How to fix the artifacts in the hair of the subject of this photo?

How can I fix the edges of her hair? http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/6499/onionmodel2.jpg
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How to resize portrait PSDs to landscape orientation without getting pixelated?

I have a PSD available in portrait orientation but I want it to be resized to landscape mode for creating its PowerPoint templates. I am completely noob to Photoshop, hence can anybody guide me to ...
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What post-processing tricks can be used to improve the quality of photos taken with the on-camera flash?

I know that the on-camera flash tends to produce poor images in general (the subjects are washed out, and the light from the flash isn't very powerful). But... sometimes there's no other choice but ...
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Which Lensbaby Sweet 35 or Edge 80 effects are harder to reproduce post-processing?

I want some suggestions from Lensbaby users. I have the plastic optic, double glass and fisheye optic. I use the composer. The recent new optics: Sweet 35 and Edge 80 seem very intriguing and I ...
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How are these “wiggling” 3D images made?

Just recently, Yahoo.com posted images that have a 3d effect without any glaesses and here is an example of one of them: How is this done? I searched all over but can't find any good tutorial. I ...
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How to reproduce Instagram Lo-Fi filter in Photoshop?

I used the Instagram Lo-Fi filter a lot and wonder how I can reproduce the effect in Photoshop...
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What are the disadvantages of post processing only those pictures that I want to show?

When I go out for a shoot, I usually come back with 50 to 200 pictures based on that day's productivity. I am a busy person when I am not photographing. Here is the problem, post processing consumes a ...
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What software can I use for post-processing? [closed]

I have access to the below software and I use all of them at various times. I do not have a specific workflow and would like to start following one. Aperture LightRoom Photoshop CS5 The general ...
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How to modify local contrast in Lightroom?

How to modify local contrast of a photo in Lightroom 4? The only thing comes into my mind is to use the brush tool. Is there any other way to achieve this or a plug-in to let me modify the local ...
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How does one create the Dragan Effect?

I am interesting in achieving results like Andrzej Dragan's portraits. I have been through lots of tutorials, but none of them actually provide good enough results. What major steps should I follow in ...
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Could there be any possible benefit from converting 8 Bits/Channel photography to 32 Bits/Channel?

Is it possible to get better results from Levels / Curves adjustments by converting 8 Bits/Channel photography to 32 Bits/Channel? Just by example, Photoshop's Info panel shows the following ...
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What is the difference between an exposure slider and a levels slider?

One of the first things many postprocessing tutorials teach is to adjust the levels in a raster image editor, so the histogram uses the whole possible range. In my RAW editor (Darktable), there wasn't ...
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What adjustments are specific to RAW files?

When I edit a RAW file in Photoshop or Nikon's ViewNX 2 software, there's a wide range of things I can adjust. For example, when I open a RAW file in Photoshop, I see the following options: White ...
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What is the best way to take pictures for Panography style post-processing

I have recently started to play with Panography, which is a style of stitching pictures together, however on my first couple of attempts, quite a few of the pictures that I took were distorted towards ...
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Ideas for Macro Photography [closed]

I would like to know just what kind of pictures I can take with macro. I'm looking for some out-of-the-box ideas. I have plenty close-ups of flowers, insects, grass, wood, and other objects. I would ...
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How can I tell when to stop adding an effect?

When I shoot a photo and load it into my image editing software and start playing with curves and sliders, sometimes I go so far. For example I increase the saturation and I keep increasing it till it ...