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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/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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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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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 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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Is there a way to partially apply a preset in Lightroom 3?

I have lots of Lightroom presets that are great, but some of them are a bit to severe. Is there a way to apply a preset at 50% strength for example?
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How can chromatic aberration be corrected within Photoshop?

I know there are many tools that correct chromatic aberration like Lightroom, Capture One and even Photoshop camera raw, but I would like to remove it manually within Photoshop (no plug ins etc) -how ...
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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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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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How to set white balance when there's no neutral region to select with the eyedropper?

If, in an image, there is no region which is neutral white, grey or black, how to set white balance?
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Can the “Dust Delete Data” function on Canon DSLR be used with Lightroom?

My camera is 6 months old and I noticed there is quite a few spots on the sensor (especially when taking HDR shots of bright scenes or the sky) The hand blower does not lift these particles off the ...
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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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Reducing chroma noise in Aperture

I have some photos shot in low light with a compact camera which exhibit significant chroma noise, which I’d like to correct as much as possible. My searches turned up a technique called “chroma ...
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How necessary is accurate masking while editing an image?

I'm editing an image of a bronze statue of a horse and rider shot against the sky. The image is excessively blue of course and I want to mask out the statue so I can edit this spearately from the sky. ...
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How can I best photograph a logo on a floor tile for reconstruction of the original image?

The original drawing of the local school logo is lost forever and I need to get one for a website. All that now exists is one on a floor tile (low-res version attached) taken with a Panasonic ...
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How can you show texture?

I would like to know how to achieve those pictures in which texture shows up well. I am specifically thinking of portraits of the elderly in which the skin looks very wrinkled and in B&W looks ...
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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 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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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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Why does text in a photograph become blurry when I downscale the image?

Recently I created a website where I sell books. I captured some images with a Canon EOS 550, and then I resized them according to the website space, but when I resized the original picture, then the ...
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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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What is the difference between using colored filters and converting color photos to black and white programmatically?

Does it make sense to use filters for black and white photography, as opposed to using software to convert photos? As I understand it, photos that have been made in a natural way (using filters) are ...
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What are the inherent limitations of the iPad as a digital darkroom?

With all of this talk of the post pc era, what limits do the lack of a traditional laptop or desktop computer impose on digital photography? If I want to use a modern day DSLR and a device such as ...
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Why does my Adobe Lightroom temporarily pixelate photos after every change?

I'm using Adobe Lightroom 3.0. I go to develop mode and everything is fine (the photo is sharp). After I do any change (saturation, fill light, sharpness... whatever) the photo automatically gets ...
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Is it possible to do non-disk-shaped clones in lightroom

Using spot removal with 100 opacity, one can "clone" little disks out of troubled images. In a recent shot, I have a long thin line that needs cloned out. Doing this with Photoshop would be easy, ...
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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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Is it possible to add haze to a portrait shot?

Haze is found in many shots ranging from portraits, to vintage, to fashion... I have only seen expensive actions packages for Photoshop so far that offer the ability to do it in post, and everyone ...
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What is the typical post processing work flow for amateur photographers?

I love photography; I hate postprocessing. Seeing that I am an amateur, not just by virtue of not getting paid for it, but also being rather new to the whole affair, I already am used to most of my ...
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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 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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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 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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How to fix the exposure of a snow scene which came out gray?

I’ve got a video and a photo shot in the same day and same place. But my camera (GoPro Hero 3, 720p) doesn’t allow to customise settings and video is very poor quality. I tried to fix this using ...
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What is toning, in black and white photography?

I have been told that the "lips" in this photograph need "strong tones". Now, what is toning and how to achieve that in black and white photography? I used GIMP and all I did here was to select ...
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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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What is the most effective Photoshop technique to remove people from photos?

For years I have played with the various Adobe Photoshop tools to remove pesky tourists from my landscape photos. Some of the tools and methods I've tried include: Clone Stamp Tool(.87 or earlier) ...
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What are the merits of a wide-gamut display in post-processing for web?

I've been researching about monitors to get one for post-processing. It seems like a wide-gamut IPS panel is recommended. I'll also be using a color calibration device. I print so rarely that it can ...
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How to interpret various curves present in post-processing applications?

Could anyone to explain me or point me to some resource which explains how to interpret various curves in post-processing applications ? I'm using UFRaw, and RawStudio.
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What, technically, is happening when one adjusts the 'Exposure' setting in a raw editor?

Since the photograph has already been taken by the time it is being edited, 'adjusting the exposure' of a RAW file must have a specific technical meaning (which I have struggled to find) Can someone ...