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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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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 ...
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Does the order of sharpening and noise reduction matter?

I have been shooting for more than three years, but I never do too much in post-processing. I tend to be strict and keep in mind that PP can only do little to save an otherwise-great photo. I was ...
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How to achieve misty look and vintage colors like Jaime Ibarra?

How are the color tones and the misty look achieved in the photo below? Does the technique/s have a name? (Note: link is NSFW.) Link to image - ...
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How can one manipulate gaze direction in post-processing?

Let's say you have a portrait photo of somebody looking straight in to the camera and you, in retrospect, want to change the gaze so that the person looks, say, to the upper right instead. How would ...
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How to correct photos which were overexposed at the edges only?

I'm dealing with a set of photos where a model was photographed against a white backdrop. The problem is that due to the setup, way too much light reflected off the backdrop. So the model's face (for ...
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Can I achieve synthetic bokeh?

In order to have a good separation of the subject from the background you usually use fast lens with high aperture and so on. Can this, however, be achieved purely digitally?
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Can I remove the cable in postprocessing for this photo?

I have Adobe Lightroom. I could get Adobe Photoshop but it will really cost. For this kind of photo adjustments is it worth? But first, can it be done with today's software? Here's the pic : PS: ...
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Multiple photos of my pregnant wife - how to make something pretty out of them?

I'm by no means a photographer — this is my first time here and my (actually, my wife's) camera is 4 year old point and shoot. I have taken photos of my wife throughout pregnancy (every week). I'd ...
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What techniques has Jennifer Tibbetts used to make her photos “pop”?

I am just getting in to photography (as a hobby), and both me and my wife really like the style this photographer uses. See her website for some examples. I don't know how to describe it other than ...
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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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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 to apply settings used on one RAW to a set of RAW images in Canon Digital Photo Professional?

I am using Canon Digital Photo Professional. Please don't give me solutions in photoshop or lightroom as I am not interested in buying this software now. What I intend to do is to adjust the ...
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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 is the best way to clean studio backgrounds in Photoshop?

Studio backgrounds can be a pain in the but. They get wrinkled, they're hard to roll in and out and they get easily dirty. Does anybody know a good technique (or tutorial) how to clean them in ...
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How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment?

I was browsing Behance and came upon these pictures: http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Little-Things/402879 I was wondering how he got this miniature style effect? I'm guessing a Gaussian Blur on a ...
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What are the specific uses of different ways to convert to black-and-white?

This tutorial explains six ways to convert an image to monochrome: The "standard" grayscale conversion operation. The desaturate operation. Decomposing to RGB and using any one of the channels. ...
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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 postprocess photos with lots of blue haze?

I was in Northern Italy, and made some pictures there (with emphasis on sentimental value, not trying to do big art). Something I noticed both in real life and on the pictures is that the blue haze of ...
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How do I eliminate green-screen bounce?

I've got a vehicle green-screen room. Generally speaking, it works great. However, on candy-apple red there is a noticeable problem in post production: See the green outline on the trunk and hood ...
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How can I create a grayscale with color highlighting effect in Lightroom?

Highlighting certain area with color, leaving the rest grayscaled — what is the name of this effect in photography? What is the most precise way to achieve this effect in Lightroom?
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Does rotating a photo count as a destructive editing?

I usually rotate all my jpg photos (using Windows Photo Viewer) after removing them from my camera's card. Is this correct? Am I losing quality for rotating them? Should I just leave them as they are ...
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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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How can I overlay many frames from a video into a single merged image?

I am looking for a simple way to turn a video into one image. I want each frame to be added to together to create one (over exposed) image. The point of this is I am trying to convert a video of me ...
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How do you get the style of color seen in these “urban decay” pictures?

I have been trying to get this "look" and I am not even sure what to call it. Here is an example: And another: Are they just doing selective color filtering, or is there something else that I am ...
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What's the professional approach to removing noise from a cell phone pic?

I have a cell phone photo that's a bit grainy and slightly blurry. It's not the out-of-focus type of blur, but the blur brought on when edges run together due to lack of sharpness. I have Adobe ...
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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 ...