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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 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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Can work with RAW to be the next step for the development? [duplicate]

I am amateur photographer and I don't plan any variants commercial use of my photos. But I want to evolve to take better pictures. I started from the purchase of the camera Sony Nex-5 (with KIT-lens ...
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How to create sophsticated aquarelle-style image from a photograph, like the Waterlogue app?

I recently found out about Waterlogue . It is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you transform photos into painterly, aquarelle-pencil-style "paintings". Information how it is done is scant but we ...
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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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Post production for beginners [closed]

I am having a hard time finding information (books or websites) related to post production. I would like to understand how (and even when or why) we adjust brightness and colors, what could enhance a ...
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Do professionals all edit their pictures heavily?

I am wondering how many serious photographers do heavy editing in Photoshop after taking those pictures. Do all or most professional photographers do that? Or they just do a simple cropping and ...
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What workflow should I use for processing RAW photos in Lightroom?

I started shooting in RAW, and I use Adobe Lightroom. What workflow would you recommend to use for the processing? I will really appreciate a detailed description of the steps (or a link to one). ...
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How do I take flattering photos of people with acne (scarring)?

Occasionally I'll find myself as the photographer for a professional event at my Alma mater. As a natural consequence of the demographic, there's quite a few people there with severe acne and also ...
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How do I get washed out look like Tien Nguyen?

Few pictures with a washed out effect are actually worth looking at (I'm talking about things like this). I think this guy has it figured out, though: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 At least, that ...
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How to pause a batch operation in photoshop to allow for user interaction?

Is there a way to insert a pause into an action to wait for a batch operation? I have a script set up to take the selection from an image and stick it on a white backdrop, and wanted to set it up so ...
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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 edit the exposure/contrast of two different areas of a photo with a smooth transition between the two parts?

I'm a complete newbee in photography and in photography editing, but I made a a photo I really like with my phone, and I would like to improve it numerically. Here is the photo. I know how to use ...
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How to have colors in Milky-way?

Many photos of Milky-way show it in nice colors instead of just the black of sky and white of the stars. Is the key to having those colors in the capturing of the image or in the post processing, or ...
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how to capture the details of a face?

I have been browsing in behance and i fell in love with his work. how do you do this kind of photography? its so clean and detailed, if this is edited in PS then can you post some links fo any tutz? ...
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Blending several images together

I have several similar images (17 at the moment), which I would like to blend/overlap so that I can see a combination of all the air bubbles in total. I've tried to place the images on top of each ...
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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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Naming of filters and effects

This is not something important, however I am just wondering why designers give the names that they do to their filters and effects. For instance, there is an effect called "Nashville". I am ...
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How do I photograph moving subjects to allow good HDR processing?

I've started to experiment with HDR photography and would love to have a few shots of my family rendered via HDR. There's one problem - my family is human and they move, sometimes a LOT. How would ...
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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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How to emulate the in-camera processing into Lightroom? [duplicate]

First off, I'm a beginner in matters of digital photo processing (and photography for that record). I already know that the RAW file is a dump of raw sensor data with no processing whatsoever applied ...
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How can I whiten my background, without whitening the subject or modifying subject colours?

If I take portraits against a white background I like to use a colorchecker passport to ensure that my subjects come out at the end of my workflow looking 'true to life'. The problem is that due to ...
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Is it possible to increase the pixel density of an image?

I have taken a picture whose resolution is less. I can resize the image easily (i.e I can scale to higher resolution) but the image quality goes for a toss, which is true because the image might not ...
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Can I make real tilt-shift 2D photos from 3D Photos?

I have a 3D camera, i can shoot 3D stills, is there a plug-in or some sort of post-production method to estimate the distance from the camera to every single object in the scene (maybe a pixel ...
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Custom Background - In SLRs [duplicate]

There is a background image. We can take a new picture with some white/black background, and select the required parts from this new photo and put it in background image. This can be done using any ...
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Photo of an experiment

I have an experiment with the specimen 100m long and 3m wide. I would like to capture the the image of entire specimen (from top) for fixed time intervals to analyze the behavior with time using some ...
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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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How to set tint if one is colour blind?

How should someone with red-green deficiency in colour vision set tint in Lightroom or other post-processing tools?? Are there any external tools (other than asking someone) that say whether white ...
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How can I remove color cast created by a defective scanner?

I scanned my photo using an HP Scanjet scanner, but scanner CCD sensor has a problem and the result is a scanned image as below: As you can see in the image, there is additional color cast. Is it ...
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Darktable: Is it possible to select only modified images in Lighttable view?

In Darktable, in the Lighttable view, is it possible to select/view only images that have been edited?
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Noise in JPEG file after processing RAW file in photoshop

Recently i started shooting in RAW after understanding its advantages over JPEG format. While processing the RAW file there is an option to reduce noise in a captured picture. It works great when i ...
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How to produce nice looking analog (film) grain digitally with Photoshop or other applications?

There are some photographers like Michael ackerman, Daido Moriyama, Igor Posner, Jacob Aue Sobol, who shoot digitally but some also analog who very often achieve to bring a nice looking grain in their ...
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Suggestions what I can do with 26 images of the same scene taking in different seasons [closed]

I have 26 copies of a scene taken in different seasons from the same position. They are not all perfectly aligned, but can be aligned manually. Here is 1 copy below Can anyone suggest what great ...
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How do I get 3 images to match the same colors (is it via color correction?)

I have a set of 3 images and I would like for all of them to have the same color scheme (ie. I think it's via color correction) Essentially I want the gray in each photo to look identical when I look ...
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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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Selective colour adjustment from brush in Lightroom possible?

Is it possible to adjust selective colour from an area highlighted by the brush adjustment tool in Lightroom? Additionally I can't see any options for luminance adjustment of brush adjustments ...
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Can I align images via manually-set control points?

I have two images I would like to align. Autoalign is not possible because the images display the same place in different weather conditions. Is it possible that I select few control points (building ...
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How can I take portrait pictures like Apple's 30 years of Mac campaign?

Is it possible just by getting a good camera? Do I have to do serious editing after the photo is taken? http://www.apple.com/30-years/
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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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How does wedding photographer post-process to achieve this rich detailed + high contrast portrait look?

Extremely rich in detail and contrast, which make the photo look very stand out (3D) and feels like looking at a masterpiece painting. I assumed this is not a 3 shot combined HDR photo (since involve ...
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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 to denoise a dark photo with extremely high ISO?

There are situations where I would reluctantly have to turn the ISO to the larger extreme. Nevertheless I can get some photos that I pretty much like under these circumstances. Here is an example. ...
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How can I get rid of a black dot in a picture?

I took some pictures a few years ago on a vacation and the digital camera I used had a black dot on the lens so I took a bunch of pictures with an ugly back dot. Is there a way that I can get rid of ...
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How to remove the halo created in HDR?

I use Oloneo HDRengine to process bracketed photos into HDR images. I am often left with a halo around objects against the background of the sky. If I am happy with the rest of the image, is there a ...
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Rog Walker / Street Etiquette Style - How to get their style of editing

I'm interested in this kind of look. Does anyone know how it can be accomplished within Lightroom 5. The photographers name is Rog Walker. Not sure if anyone is familiar with his work. ...
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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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When does “photography” become “digital art”?

This question is not as opinion based as the title suggests. Airbrushing, image manipulation and stitching have all been around since almost the birth of photography as we know it. I can't help but ...
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How can this brightly colored yet gentle pastel-color effect be achieved?

I found this image on http://unsplash.com/ and quite a few have this vivid yet pastel effect. Can it be achieved in Photoshop or Lightroom?
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How can I reproduce the camera-internal postprocessing?

I just started playing around with raw images. When opening the raw image in Raw Therapee, it looks completely different than the JPEG produced by the camera: (left is raw, right is JPEG) I ...
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What is sharpness vs. clarity in photo editing software?

I have been using Lightroom and Photoshop Pro for past 7 months. For all my photos, I used to increase the sharpness using the options available. I now see another option called clarity, and when I ...
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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 ...