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Software is inherently required for digital photography, and opens up options for post-processing film as well. Questions related to the tools used for digital image editing, processing, organization, distribution, and presentation should have this tag.

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Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the available options in regards to the three major photo editing apps from Adobe. Does anyone know of an article or site that lists the features of Lightroom, PS Elements, ...
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How do popular free RAW editor/converter compare to each other on Windows?

I'm looking for a free RAW editor/converter on Windows. Can you tell me some strong/weak points of them comparing with Capture NX and/or Adobe Photoshop Elements? RawTherapee PhotoFiltre Able RAWer ...
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Is there a free piece of software that will export metadata for a folder full of images to a table?

I have hundreds of thousands of images in a set of about 50 folders, each of the folders has a varying number of subfolders. I'd like to extract certain pieces of metadata (latitude/longitude, ...
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How can I calibrate two monitors individually in Windows7?

I have 2 monitors, a Dell U2410 and a Wacom Cintiq 12 UX. I have an eye1Match calibrator & software. I was told by the people @ Xrite, that even if I calibrate both devices, Windows will only ...
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Can the Photoshop drag-zoom tool be set to use the center of the current view?

In Photoshop, when your view is rotated, drag zoom (ctrl+space one) appears to be zooming around center of the image, not center of your current view, which results in undesired panning. This is not ...
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How can I extract just the value of a tag without the name using exiftool?

I am trying to save camera make to a var in my bash script. If I use: exiftool -make x.jpg This returns: MAKE : SAMSUNG I need it to return just the value, without the key and colon. What am I ...
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Why do my vertical photos go back horizontal when transferred from camera to iPad? How to avoid that? [duplicate]

On my Canon camera, I have photos taken in portrait orientation. My camera shows the photos vertically. So far, so good. Then, I connect to my camera in wi-fi with the app CameraWindow on my iPad ...
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Aerial Camera Ground Footprint Calculation

I have a very simple math problem, but I cannot seem to figure it out. I need to calculate what portion of the ground will be visible when viewed from a UAV mounted camera. I believe I have it solved ...
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Timelapse software for Linux

I was looking for software to create timelapse from a collection of pictures, that is compatible with Ubuntu. It would good if it could make HD videos and also has an option to add a background score. ...
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What do lens distortion data values a, b and c actually mean?

I've recently been looking at lens distortion correction solutions, and I just wonder what the values a, b and c actually mean. (I'm using Hugin/lensfun, I don't know if these are standard values or ...
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What software is focused on reviewing and organizing images?

If I wanted to just view, sort, and organize (via tags or folders or both), what programs are geared toward doing this quickly? I know I could do this in most any photo editor, but it's not ideal for ...
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What is a good software for creating an archive of photos? [duplicate]

I've got about 9'000 family photos already (made with my own camera over the last 10 years), plus I'm about to start scanning grandma's archive of physical photos (several hundred more). So I'm ...
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Is it possible to manage photos without importing them into libraries in iPhoto or Aperture?

I absolutely love the simple and clean interface and features that iPhoto and Aperture bring and I absolutely hate the "library/import" approach. I like to see my photos as files on a disk and that's ...
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Is there a Windows panorama stitching package that can stitch RAW files?

Is there any tool for stitching Panoramas from multiple CR2 files from my Canon EOS 1200D? I'd prefer any free or open source tools, but paid software should be fine too. I have tried multiple ...
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Software to manage imports under Linux in addition to Corel After Shot

I am an interested beginner in photography using Ubuntu 14.04. At the moment I am testing Corel After Shot Pro 2 because it seems to be quite full of features compared to its price. I make my photos ...
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What Windows software can assemble a sequence of photos into a timelapse?

Do you know any good software for Windows platform that can be used to create a time-lapse video from a bunch of photos? I'm interested in free alternatives, but the paid ones are also OK.
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Which software to assemble a time-lapse from images?

I own a Nikon D700, which has in-camera support for taking time-lapse photos, but I need advice on the easiest and best software solutions for processing the resulting heap of images. I accept that ...
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Free program for editing pictures [closed]

I'm looking to find a free program that allows me to edit my images. Ones I have used so far are very limited, so if you have any ideas please let me know. Thanks Rachel
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I cannot download pics into Elements 9

After being able to download pics, it appears I have upset something that now gives me a window saying "The file is damaged or is a format that cannot be included in the organizer" What have I done ...
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Is there any software which will set the EXIF Dates based on the file's modification date?

I have been using Exifer for many years to re-date and re-name my photos based on the EXIF dates from the camera(s). I have now started using some alternative camera apps available on the iPhone ...
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Can Sony's Image Data Converter do anything Lightroom can't do?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, with Lightroom 5, on a Mac. Bundled with the camera came two pieces of OEM software: Sony's Image Data Converter and Canon's Digital Photo Professional. I had a quick look at ...
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Is there third-party software for Canon tethered live-view shooting?

I can use Canon EOS Utility to shoot tethered so that the live-view preview is displayed on the computer screen. However, I would like to know if there is any third-party software (non-Canon) that ...
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Recommendations to tether a Nikon DSLR to a Windows PC?

When I shoot portraits indoors, I'd like the option to tether my Nikon D90 to a Windows computer with the USB cable, both to view the results and help adjust the lighting, but also to be making an ...
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Printer color calibration software for “manual” calibration

I don't think that I need professional calibration for my printer (its for private use, and an MX925 only anyways) but I thought that since I have a color checker passport, there might be some way to ...
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How can I make Lightroom auto-backup to jpeg?

I have recently got an android tablet and would like to keep a copy of most of my photos from my Lightroom archive on it for showing off my work, browsing etc. Is there any way to, preferably ...
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Is there a software to automatically crop a scan of multiple images?

I want to digitize my old family albums using a scanner and there are lots of photos in them. Thus far, my method has been to scan 4 images at a time and then manually cropping them in a simple editor ...
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Organizing photos for archival purposes, what format for metadata?

For long term archiving, what metadata format(s) are most likely to be readable in 10, 20, or 30 years? Currently I archive photos by directory in a tree structure starting with year at the top level. ...
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Is it possible to print a photo so it can be mounted on a globe?

I'd like to transform an image so that it can be mounted on a sphere. I'd like to use an image of a map (see the One Piece world map on the image), but it could be anything. Here is a kind of Family ...
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Linux software for stacking and RAW processing

I'm starting with astrophotography and my DSLR produces CR2 raw images. I use Linux and want to stack series of shots and do RAW processing (curves, RGB balance, etc.) I googled and found software ...
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Can it be detected that a photo has been altered using MacBookPro “Preview”?

I have some photos from Canon camera. I opened them in "Preview" in MacBookPro, changed some of the contrast and colors, and saved as. I am sending these altered photos to people, but wondered, is it ...
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Extract reflections from photo in Photoshop for use later?

I'm wondering if there's a Photoshop technique available to extract the 'reflective layer' (or an approximation of it) from photos of laptops/smartphones etc, so a screenshot of a website/app etc ...
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How can I test a memory card for performance and bad sectors?

I have just purchased a new CF card for my DSLR. I tested it using Xbench (Mac OS X) and it performs as expected. However, I'd like to do a "surface scan" (moving platter term) to check for "bad ...
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How do I find how many pictures have been taken with a Canon EOS1000d?

I have tried looking in the software that came with it, but with no luck so far. This is probably very basic... I would really value any help please.
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How can I make a reasonably small iMovie slideshow from my photographs?

For all weddings I shoot, I offer a slideshow as part of my packages. It's a easy thing to do with iMovie and the results are quite nice. Now I'd like to upload some of these slideshows to my Vimeo ...
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How limited is Nikon's free Capture NX-D?

Recently Nikon released the free Windows RAW-Editor Capture NX-D. Since that time I use it and it seems pretty good to me. How good is this tool compared to the other famous tools? I'm not a ...
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How can I force Lightroom to export metadata for all photos?

I created a temporary catalog for several shoots, but forgot to enable the (IMHO most important and should be enabled by default *shakefist*) check-box in Catalog Settings: Automatically Write Changes ...
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Which is the best photo editing app for Symbian OS? [closed]

I have a Nokia 808 Pureview with 41 mega pixel sensor. It uses Symbian OS. I am looking for an app similar to Photoshop App on Lumia 720 for the Nokia 808 Pureview. The features that I'm looking for: ...
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Why is there a vertical line on the right of some pictures rotated with exiftran?

I use the exiftran -a -i mypic.jpg command line tool in a script and on some pictures I get a wrong vertical offset, which can be detected as a vertical line on the right of rotated pictures like this ...
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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 does Darktable compare to Adobe Lightroom for editing JPEGs?

I mostly modify JPG images taken from my Nikon camera. How does Darktable compare to Adobe Lightroom for this purpose?
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What is the best free software to edit NEF photos? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography and just starting to take photo in RAW format. I haven't found a difference in quality of color adjustment editing between ViewNX (free software coming with my Nikon d5100) and ...
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Will using snapseed make the quality of my photos worse?

I often like using simple editing software on my iPad, however if I were to shoot in RAW and then export a photo as a png/jpeg and then saving it on snapseed, would using the program make the ...
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What solutions are available for a self-hosted portfolio website?

I am trying to find a simple yet solid solution for a self-hosted photo site. I have been through a bunch but have found them outdated code-wise (Gallery2), technology-wise (Flash based) or just plain ...
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How do I apply my copyright information from XMP automatically with DigiKam?

I have an xmp file with my copyright information provided by the Creative Commons license wizard. How can I configure DigiKam to automatically apply this information to every image I import?
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Possible to open Capture One preview/proxy files in Photoshop?

One of our photographers lost his raw files from a photoshoot, but we still have the Capture One preview/proxy files (.CR2.cop) and I'm trying to find a way to extract image data from them to salvage ...
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Which photo montage/collage software can do this transition effect?

Was trying to create a photo montage and saw a nice transition effect in Wedding montage by Alex Tan at time 0:39 - 0:40 I not sure what this effect was called: 1. a sudden exposure increase 2. ...
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Can I easily use an old version of Photoshop Elements and Organizer with the newer version of the Editor?

On my PC I have installed Photoshop Elements version 10 and 12. Since the Organizer in version 12 is really crap (at least according my opinion) I like to continue using Organizer version 10 and ...
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Automatically mask out of focus part of an image

For a research project it would be handy to get only the in focus part of an image. Does anyone know some software that can do this? I know that the next version (in a few weeks) of Photoshop CC will ...
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What solution should I use for cataloging photos for private sharing?

I'm seeking a solution for cataloging many thousands of images. Each photo will be tagged and categorized to become searchable by a small group of private people. I've considered any combination with ...
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What's the easiest way to access pure raw data (without demosaicing)?

What is the simplest way to access the data in a raw file before demosaicing and write it to a more widely supported file format (e.g. 16 bit TIFF)? I'm looking to obtain a single channel image where ...