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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 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 ...
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How to reproduce this dark-toned color effect?

What technique is used in this image to produce such colors? Is it just saturation and hue adjustment?
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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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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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What is the most effective way to remove a fence in the foreground?

I enjoy visiting a good aviary to capture birds, but often they are caged. My strategy is then to move as close as possible to the fence, resulting in a blurred fence foreground and the subject in ...
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Lens for Rebel XTi to capture panoramic images?

I would like to create panoramic images of smaller spaces, such as office cubicles. Can one suggest how I might best capture this using a Rebel XTi? The option to replace the camera entirely is open ...
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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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How do I fix blown out part of a picture on Photoshop?

When the following picture was taken, there was a chandelier casting light on the left side of the man's face. I would like to even out the lighting so that it appears consistent with the right side ...
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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 post processing software has a good collection of presets included?

Using any program (not just Photoshop or Lightroom, they are fine, but maybe others have the right solution for me) is it possible to have nice presets out of the box? For example instagram has some ...
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How was non-uniform yellowish cast created on BW photos of Charles Lucima?

I don't know if it's allowed to ask this type of questions here. If not please let me know. How was created following non-uniform yelowish cast on BW photo (author is Charles LUCIMA) ? Image here - ...
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How to boost tones preserving highlights?

I took this picture with my not so expensive camera phone. I made some post processing most of all to get vintage colors. The final result is this one The sky near the sea is blown out. This is ...
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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 do I remove random people from my photos?

I'm very excited about the new Scalado Remove App for Android/iPhone. Let's say you're taking a picture of your friend in front of a landmark with several people walking by. The app allows you to ...
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Lightroom Multi-Catalog Syncing/Management [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers? I'm looking for an application to manage multiple Lightroom catalogs for me - I ...
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How do pros manage to make the color green so bright in their nature photographs?

I am an amateur photographer, I had a question how do professional photographers manage to make the green color so bright in their images. For example: ...
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Are there any downsides to applying the lens correction profile in Adobe Lightroom?

Assuming that you are using a good lens profile, say one that Adobe has predefined in Lightroom, are there any downsides to automatically applying the appropriate lens correction profile when the ...
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I need some assistance in figuring out a photo processing technique

I am a fan of the this photo stream, but I'm having a difficult time recreating the processing techniques. Does anyone know which techniques are used? The only thing I know is that the photos are ...
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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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Is there something similar to Adobe Lightroom for Linux?

I know about digiKam and Photivo, both of which are excellent software for post-processing RAW photographies and performing minor edits. However, these two programs aren't that good at organising ...
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A beginner with post processing wanting to learn [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any good tutorials for learning how to post-process images? Though I have been trying hands on photography for quite a while now, I want to learn post processing of ...
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What are compressed image formats with high quality/size ratio?

I'm looking for an image format, unpopular as it may be, that has good quality and also good compression. After I'm done post-processing my RAWs I want to export them in a way that's shareable and ...
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Does using a different lens affect the dynamic range for HDR post-processing?

I am a bit new to HDR photography and lately I have been trying to carry out the post-processing with Photomatrix. After many trails and errors, I am still unable to get the effect that many other HDR ...
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How to make the colors of an image taken under diffuse midday light more lively?

I took some macro shots of flowers in a greenhouse. I did it around midday in January, and the ceiling of the greenhouse was matted glass, so I got very diffuse light. Even in images which are exposed ...
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Can I get noise reduction in Aperture that even gets close to the quality of Lightroom's?

I've been looking for a new Library / Photo Editing software, iPhoto isn't really cutting it any more. I've been using both Aperture and Lightroom a bit now (trial licenses) and I noticed a big ...
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What Tone mapping settings to go for in HDR Post-processing?

I have just recently started discovering the HDR side of photography and after seeing some really beautiful pictures, I decided to get the tools and perform it myself. While trying to post-process my ...
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How do I decide between “RAW as Master” and “JPEG as Master” when importing RAW+JPEG into Aperture?

I guess this comes down to an Aperture question and a more general post-processing question. I've been shooting RAW+JPEG and importing both to Aperture with the RAW image set as the master. But I've ...
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Should I perform the final color space conversion before or after final sharpening of an image?

When preparing an image for the web (or other media), the last two steps is usually to resize the image to the desired resolution and sharpen it at that resolution. However, when working in a ...
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How to post process in Lightroom 3 to achieve rich colors like this

I've stumbled upon this video with very deep and rich colors. The skin tones are nice, the blacks on their hair and the spec frame on one of the girls are really deep black. The colors on their shirts ...
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What program can blur a photo to show motion?

I have a picture in the woods of a path. I want to blur the woods so they look like they are being run by really fast, not just plain blurry. The best analogy I can think of is like cars look on ...
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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 is this lighting and colouring effect achieved?

A few days ago, I saw this picture linked here on 500px and was wondering how the coloring technique is called. On a first glance, it looks like a high key shot, but it is unusual as it has no light ...
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Getting the starburst in sun shine like this photo is from post processing or done at capture?

I can't believe that the linked photograph is without any post processing. Is that starburst sun shine in the photograph an outcome of post processing or is it the result of a trick at capture time? ...
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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 exactly does Tone Curve do in Lightroom?

In simple terms, what does Tone Curve in LR actually do?. I can see the results of changing Tone Curve by playing around with it, but I don't really understand scientifically what it actually does. I ...
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Which laptop features are important to consider for Photoshop processing when traveling?

I will be traveling overseas for about a few months and I would like to purchase a new notebook/laptop to process my RAW pictures using Photoshop Elements 9. Weight and minimum processing speed are ...
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What is the best way to get rid of white skies in post-production? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to handle overexposed sky in post-processing? I know, a photographer should generally try to not shoot against the light and take care of proper ...
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How can I upscale a low-res image to make it appear higher-res?

I want to enlarge an image to a bigger size. This will cause pixelation. So I want to apply some treatment to it in Photoshop that will suppress some of this pixelation. Of course I cannot generate ...
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What software can I use to process RAW images? [duplicate]

I took some raw images the other day and I found the lighting in some photos is very dim. I would like to enhance it as many say you have a lot of options to adjust different parameters in RAW. Which ...
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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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How did they post process before Photoshop?

So, yes, I'm intrigued as to how they post process pictures before Photoshop (or computers, for that matter) came about. Or is post processing a by-product of the computer revolution? My ...
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Will I lose image quality by adjusting white balance in post processing?

I understand that if I shoot in RAW, post processing software like Lightroom is capable of adjusting colour temperature and tint to my desire. Will I lose any image quality in process? Or is it as ...
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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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How do you use Kodak Color Control Patches for photo color/tone restoration?

If you look at a source like Library of Congress royalty free gallery, they go an extra step beyond just dumping a bunch of images, but provide them with Kodak Color Control Patches. This is nice, ...
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What is the best program to modify the color of eyes?

What is the best of the best program which lets me change the color of the eyes in a picture. It doesn't matter if it is a free or shareware program.
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Which program is good for modifying pictures?

I want to modify my photos so they look better but I don't know which is good and simple to use. I use a windows Vista.
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What software can I use to break an image into smaller tiles?

I have a very big image and would like to break the big images and create smaller tiles. Any idea if I can use some software to do it?
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Should I set exposure on my camera or later with software?

With most cameras (Point-n-Shoots and DSLRs) I have always seen exposure settings for exposure. My question is this, should I mess with exposure in the camera while taking the shot or use software ...
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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 can I achieve the dramatic sky as seen in these sample images?

Below are some samples. Is this effect made with an optical filter or is it edited during post processing? In either case, what it is called? http://jpgmag.com/photos/3181099 ...