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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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Is RAW worth the effort if using simple editing tools (e.g. iPhoto)

I am an intermediate amateur (how do you measure these things anyway? Well, I can't say I'm an advanced, and don't think I am a beginner), and I feel that I should take the RAW leap. I avoided it ...
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How can I use a Canon EOS-1d with Windows 7, since Canon utilities aren't available?

I have a canon EOS-1D which came with utilities for windows 98. There are not utilities available for windows 7. Can my camera be reprogrammed to work with utilities available for windows 7 and if so ...
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What name would you give to this blending effect?

I need some explination or the name of this so I can do it myself. Maybe if you could provide also with what I could achieve this would be greatly appreciated:
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In Aperture, how can I export the preview of an image or locate the preview file?

I left my referenced masters elsewhere and would like to export the preview itself for sharing online. How can I grab a copy of it? I suppose taking screenshot is one possibility, but would rather ...
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How can I do something like Photoshop's warp tool with open source software? [closed]

Using Photoshop, I can edit an image by using tthe lasso tool and warp tool. I need a open source solution that will operate in similar way. I tried Gimp software, but there is no warp tool in that. ...
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How can I search in Lightroom for photos that aren't geotagged?

Is it possible to search for photos in a Lightroom-5 catalog that aren't geotagged?
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Free software for sorting images by color or similarity

Is anybody aware of free software that can sort your pictures by overall color (or color of a specific region of an image)? I've checked this question and looked into imgSeek, but the Mac version ...
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Recommend good cropping software [closed]

I have a task to scan some documents onto computer..I will be taking use of my digital camera and then crop it.Please suggest me is there any software to auto crop the document and then save it so ...
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How do I make a panorama from multiple rows and columns?

I want to stitch multiple images — let's say nine images — but not to form a panorama, but to form a big square of 9×9 matrix into a single big image. I want to show both the tall and wide angle ...
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What factors determine the size of focus step done with remote shooting?

When a DSLR camera is used for remote shooting, corresponding software usually provides very simple way to change focus position: small, medium and large steps forward or backward. This is how it ...
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How can I change the pixel data in a DNG while keeping all the metadata?

I am looking for some free tools that will let me easily process the pixel data in a RAW file (DNG or NEF) while keeping the metadata untouched. Are there any such tools? Use case: I am ...
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Which is the best open source or freeware raw developer software and photography workflow application? [closed]

I know is a difficult question but some pro and cons of the main software available may help.
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Why isn't there a Red/Cyan slider in Color Temperature sliders in photo editing software?

This is in Adobe Camera RAW and in Lightroom, the color temperature sliders are Blue/Yellow and Green/Magenta, why isn't there one for Red/Cyan?
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Why does ViewNX suddenly give an error with NEF files from my D90 but not my D700?

Previously my D700 & D90 have downloaded NEF files to my computer within View NX and I have been able to convert these images to jpeg within this program. My D700 continues to do this. However, ...
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Is there any Linux software that can import picasa.ini edits?

I accumulated years of edits over my photographs in Picasa. Picasa works as a non-destructive editor, so it doesn't change the original files but saves all modifications in its database and in ...
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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 ...
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How can I make a Lightroom 5 smart collection for unedited images which also includes my work in progress?

I have created a smart collection in Lightroom 5 for images (RAW) not previously edited or adjusted. My intention is to work with these images in the develop module, but as soon as I change any ...
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How do I convert a single FITS image into Red, Green and Blue images? [closed]

I've been looking for a software to get a FITS file and export 1 file for each of the RED, GREEN and BLUE channels. I came across Nebulosity last week, but I can't buy it's licence since I live in ...
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How can I insert my own demosaicing algorithm into rawtherapee or darktable's pipeline?

If I give Rawtherapee or Darktable a raw image, they will automatically transform the raw image using their internal pipeline to an output image. Let's say I have designed a new demosaicing ...
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Multi user access cataloging system?

I am running a studio of 6 artists and I am looking for a solution to organize images essentially exactly like lightroom does but that can be accessed simultaneously by all of the artists. I know that ...
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How to copy all editing steps (not just settings) In Lightroom?

Is there a way to copy the editing steps from one image and paste them to another image in Lightroom, rather than simply copy/pasting the settings? I use a number of presets in Lightroom. When ...
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Timelapse 180 GB of photos [closed]

Our client just gave us an external HDD with 180 GB of images in a directory structure like this: /1013/02/18/04/02/12/2013_02_18_-_04_02_12.jpg (or something like that). We need to get all images ...
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Can a photo app for Android improve image quality?

Is there an app to post-process the photos (taken by phone's camera) to improve their quality ? I was told that IPhone makes better photos because of good (built-in) post-processing software. Is ...
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How to safely and efficiently remove frames of photo added by software?

How to safely and efficiently remove frames of photo added by software? I'm NOT talking about the physical frame, but the border/frame added by software such as PhotoShop. I'm particularly ...
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How can we apply one set of control points for stitching together a panorama to a set of different images with the same camera arrangement?

We are two high school students working on sending a high altitude balloon to 35 km altitude in order to capture panoramic video of Earth. We are exploring the option of using Hugin to stitch our ...
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How to compare the before and after image in Darktable?

I'm using Darktable to edit photos. There is one option, which I'm still looking for, but it seems to be unavailable or hidden somewhere. How to (after making some changes) preview a source image in ...
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How can I save changes in a NEF file made with Capture NX2?

Here is my problem: I am trying to work around D600 notorious oil spots by using a dust off ref photo. Simple: open RAW file in Capture NX2, load the ref photo and get the spots clean. Next, I want to ...
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Software to find sharpest image in sequence?

I took a batch of images with slight camera shake. What software is there to automatically find the sharpest image in the batch? What I already found is Imatest's findsharp, but they write: "Find ...
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Searching for simple, user friendly software for browsing photos on touch screen monitor

At events I take photos and display them on a multi-touch screen, for people to view and browse. Lightroom is good but I'm looking for a simpler software which allows people to easily scroll through ...
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Are there any mac photo app that feature fun effects generation for kids?

I know this is not a normal question for this forum, but maybe someone can help. I'm going to do a small event at my daughter's kindergarden. And my idea was to do some photography stuff. I have a ...
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How do I shoot in tethered mode using own software to control the camera?

Is it possible to capture image from computer with Canon EOS camera and save it to computer? Can the EOS utility used for this? I want to use my own software (written in Java) to control the camera ...
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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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Good HDR programme wanted [duplicate]

I am looking for a good HDR programme to use on my apple computer, preferably a free programme but am prepared to pay if programme is worth it
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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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Is there an app which crops photos as fast as Photo Mechanic, but which uses Lightroom style rotation?

Photo Mechanic is incredibly fast at cropping but has a user interface where the image stays put and the cropping rectangle turns. This makes it hard to get precise rotations. Lightroom has a ...
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Is there any software or phone camera app that can give advice about composition?

Is there any software/ phone camera app that can give advice about composition while shooting an image? Or would it be possible develop an app for that? For example, maybe giving advice about the ...
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Is there a way to automatically make the histogram of an image match another image?

Is histogram matching used in real-life photo editing ? Lets say, I have 2 images and I want the first to have histogram of second. And is there any software, that can do this?
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Fast-loading image viewer (without double-buffering) to replace ACDSee? [closed]

Throughout the years, I have been looking for an image viewer to replace the ageing ACDSee 2.43 (classic). The key feature I'm looking for is the perceived speed of loading images, especially when ...
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How do I synchronize local Picasa with an online folder?

I have a lot of pictures stored online using Picasa (some times ago). Is there any way to create the identical local copy of those folders (i.e., the same tags, albums, picture size, etc.)? In other ...
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Is this photo taken using HDR or software processing?

This image has the look of one taken with the HDR technique, yet it is a live performance therefore would be extremely hard to do, as the subject would be moving around. I used photoshop, Gimp and HDR ...
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Best order of doing things when editing scanned photos in Photoshop?

What (in your opinion) is the optimum order of doing the following to a scanned image in PhotoShop? Cropping Manually adjust Levels (RGB and density) Manually adjust Curves Manually adjust ...
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Software application(s) for organizing a large number of old pictures [duplicate]

I have about ~40,000 files (~200 GB) of photos on the hard drive (JPG with metadata, from different cameras). I used to use Picasa before, but when I had to switch to a new computer a few years ago, ...
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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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Why do Canon 7D RAW files come up colorless in Canon DPP?

I have problem with DPP 3.12.40.0. When I import CR2 files (RAW Files) from my 7D to edit, DPP shows images very poorly (colorless). I searched on the net and can't find any explanation or solution. ...
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What software or technique was used to acheive this (soft-curves-brush-stroke) effect? [duplicate]

I am curious to know what software, filter plugin or technique was used to achieve the effect applied on the tree on the following photo: http://500px.com/photo/28630509?from=upcoming&from_page=4 ...
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Video on Canon 50D? [closed]

I know that my canon 50D doesn't have ability to shoot video, but i have heard that the software can be hacked, or that there exists some "crack" to make possible for 50D to record videos and that ...
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How effective is automatic fixing of RAW files?

I was wondering if there is any good software for automatic fixing of RAW files, that is, a basic initial fix of exposure, vibrance, sharpening and NR. I heard about Athentech. However, I could not ...
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What operating systems run on today's DSLRs?

I was just wondering if anyone could provide names and a bit of background on the Operating Systems the current day DSLRs (namely, Nikon, Canon) use.
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A good library-less photo manager for Mac?

I am looking for a photo manager that would be clean and simple and most importantly, would allow me to simply browse directories on my drive and view photos there directly without the concept of ...
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Gamma loaders on Windows 7/8: necessary or not?

I noticed that some monitor profiling software (like X-Rite i1 Display Pro, for one example) install their startup gamma loaders under Windows 7. Back in the XP days we used those utilities to load ...