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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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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 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 I simulate Active D-Lighting on post processing?

I'm using a Nikon D5000 and I think I get more noise using Active D-Lighting on Auto. If I turn it off, how can I simulate A D-Lighting in post processing? I shoot RAW.
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How do I create this soft bright look?

This is probably my favorite look in child portraits. I want to achieve this bright, yet color popping look in my photos. Is there specific lighting, like overexposing? Or is it post processing? Here ...
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Why do I need to use presets?

I've upgraded to the new Aperture 3 and noticed that they've added the ability to save and apply your own presets. I understand roughly that presets are basically a saved set of adjustments meant to ...
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How do objects in the dark come up when post processing?

I took one shot of oil lamps. Partial metering mode was used and I focused on the bright yellow light, as expected the image was captured with only the light and its immediate surroundings visible. ...
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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 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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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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What is a good technique for reproducing “light leaks” in post production?

Light Leaks normally occur due to low quality or damaged sealing in a camera so that stray light can come in and expose the film in unwanted ways. It shows up as a colored glare or discoloration in ...
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Spectral lines emulation

Is there any way to change the image taken under a sunlight (i.e. full and continuous colour spectrum) to look like taken under a light source with line spectrum (e.g. mercury or sodium street lamp)? ...
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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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Should I use a single denoising method with aggressive settings, or combine different methods?

I shot some pictures at night, at ISO 3200, and they are of course extremely noisy. But I want to keep them, and make them as decently looking as I can. I use Darktable as a workflow software, and ...
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How to correct partial overpolarisation in sky?

I have this nice Lappland Autumn morning panorama, except the polariser effect is obviously too big just to the right of the small top on the right. I would like to try to apply a kind of mask with ...
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In photo editing software, what is a brush and are these useful for working with photographs?

I notice that some photographers sell Photoshop "brushes". What exactly are they, and when would I use them? I expect that a brush has some kind of image to use as a pattern, but what use is that?
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How do I get this fashion photograph effect?

I found an interesting fashion photograph and I want to recreate the effect. I know for a fact that the pictures are taken in complete darkness using a Canon XSi, the built-in flash, and some ...
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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 is the term Gaussian blur used?

Is the term Gaussian blur used strictly in post-production, or can it also be used as a term for an out-of-focus area in your image when you-re taking the picture? I'm pretty sure that bokeh is used ...
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Is there a one-click technique to create a “better” JPEG from RAW than the in-camera JPEG?

When looking around at HDR and Tone Mapping, and looking at the examples on the Photomatix homepage, I see examples that read: Result after applying the Tone Mapping tool (Original RAW file ...
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Cropping images in post-production - how important is the image ratio?

On some photos, I have some parts that I want to remove, as it was not possible to be removed while shooting. For example, consider this composition: wall - tree - center wall (photo subject) - tree ...
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What's the difference between vignetting and pinhole?

Sometimes people say that a lens has bad vignetting but it looks very similar to the effect of pinhole (darkened edges). What's the difference? If someone asked to have a vignetting effect (in PP) ...
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How to achieve this specific metalic look in Photoshop?

Using photoshop, how do I get an image to have this silvery/metallic look? I know how the scene was lit--the photographer explains how, so I am aware how to duplicate that part of it, but I believe ...
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Can photos from a mediocre zoom be made as sharp as a prime lens in post-production?

I use Canon 7D with a 18-135 kit lens. Though the image is in focus, it is not that sharp. I wonder if we can have a sharp image — something equivalent to primes — with post production. What I have ...
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What is this pattern artifact in a Hasselblad H4D picture?

Shot some shoots with Hasselblad H4D-50 and in (at least) one of them the following artifact(s) appeared: Of course some questions arise: What is this? (moire?) Why it happened? (aside of lack ...
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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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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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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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How to/Best Methods to Correct Washed Out JPEGs?

I have many photos that have that washed out look about them and some that are completely blown out. These photos are JPEG only and were not taken (or I do not have) the RAW file. I currently attempt ...
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What settings should be kept in mind while shooting a jpeg photo in order for it to be edited later on?

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS doesn't support RAW format, so I don't have a choice w.r.t shooting in Jpeg format. Do we have some special camera settings that we shouldn't touch or should set in some ...
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How to improve the colour of night time sky?

I am looking for some advice on how to improve the colour of the sky during night time photography. At the minute I take most of my photographs in central london and the sky colour can vary by a large ...
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Are there reasons for using in-camera processing settings rather than adjusting in post?

I recently upgraded from a Nikon D3100 to a D600. The D600 has many more correction features such as Active D-Lighting, Filters, color tone, vignette control, Noise reduction, etc. Is there an ...
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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 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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What kind of color treatment is applied to these Sean Flanigan photos?

Sean Flanigan is probably one of my favorite photographers. His photos has an extremely unique feel to them, at least to me they are unique. Whenever I try to describe his photos, words fail me. I ...
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Identifying Post-processing technique

Due to some ambiguity, this might not make the best question, but I was curious if anyone with more experience could help identify the processing taking place in the examples below: Example 1 Example ...
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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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How to create the equivalent of an Adjustment Layer in an editor that does not support it?

As a user of GIMP I tried to understand what Photoshop's Adjustment Layers are, without actually using PS. My understanding is that GIMP does not yet support AL (is this correct?). So, trying to ...
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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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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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Does the number of smart collections affect Lightroom's performance?

While mucking around in Lightroom today and setting up some smart collections, I wondered if having a large number of smart collections might negatively impact performance? I'm thinking that ...
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How can I achieve consistent skin tones in my photographs?

I've been shooting more people recently and have noticed that their skin tones are all over the map depending on the lighting situation. Are there any best practices or tips to ensure consistent and ...
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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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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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What are the better HDR software apps for the mac?

I am thinking about doing some more HDR photos and thinking about the software side. I have CS5 but have never been happy about the speed or the quality of the final images. I have heard about ...
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How to do a selective darkening of part of a photo in Lightroom?

I have a photo that has quite a distracting corner: if you divide it by the rule of thirds it's bit less than half of the bottom right corner. Can I use Lightroom to darken that corner? I don't know; ...
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Is there a “How do they do that?” site for learning image post-processing techniques by examples?

I often see really excellent photographs that seem to have been adjusted in photoshop or something like that. This includes even pictures that seem to be from someone's vacation or travel. Is there a ...
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Has anyone used Alien Skin Bokeh?

I was wondering if anyone has had experience with using the Alien Skin Bokeh application. Is it worthwhile, or it gimmicky? Thanks!
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How can I match light levels in a composite / panorama astronomy photo?

I have made a mosaique of the sun, but all pictures have different light levels. I was wondering how to match these colors to be the same everywhere. So basically I need all the pink to be the same ...
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Which filters or effects etc. are being used in these photos?

The photos in question are the ones of the "culturemakers" on the the kony2012 campaign homepage - e.g. Mark Zuckerburg, Oprah etc. I'm especially interested in how they: Make darker colors more ...
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How to properly sign a photograph?

Not sure if it should be posted here since it has to do a lot with graphic design, but since it's too attached to a photograph (in most cases) and we are all photographers who want to sign our own ...