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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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What's good photo management software for dealing with a huge library?

My wife's computer has probably 100 GBs of photos--thousands upon thousands of photos. We've been using Windows Live Photo Gallery (Windows 7) and things have been pretty good. The features and ...
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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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How can I force Lightroom to render previews for my collection?

When you import, you have the option (I just discovered 5 minutes ago) to have Lightroom render 1:1 previews. That makes it much easier to just quickly flip through a bunch of images, because it doesn'...
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What workflow or tools can be used for tagging of a large number of running race photos?

Let's say you attend a marathon where participants wear bibs with their race number. You take hundreds or (cough) thousands of pictures and would like to upload them to share them (for free) with ...
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What tool can visualize metadata from many photos on a Mac?

I have seen/heard about a PC/Unix (??) utility that goes through all your JPG/RAW pictures on your disk and shows you on a graph your most used lens, your most used zoom range, flash settings etc......
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How do you optimally resize and sharpen images for printing?

What is the best way to get the clearest, sharpest print without pixelation or blurring? I have tried some sharpening techniques in Photoshop, however they are geared towards sharpening for viewing on ...
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Free program for editing pictures

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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What can you do with Lightroom catalog files if Adobe stops support for Lightroom?

What can you do with Lightroom catalogs if Adobe shuts down support for Lightroom? Is there any other software compatible with Lightroom catalogs? I don't have Lightroom, this is one of the things ...
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How do I remove ALL TRACES of Adobe CS6?

I have been testing Adobe CS6 over the last month and the trial ran out yesterday. I have decided that it's over the top for my needs at the moment, so have downloaded the Lightroom trial. However, ...
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How can different RAW converter programs give different results?

I've read in several places (photo mags, websites, etc.) that there are many different RAW converters around, not big name programs like PhotoShop, Lightroom, Picasa, PaintShopPro. What differences ...
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What software shows the most accurate version of a photograph for web viewing?

I have a photo (photo_A.jpg), taken on a post-sunset beach, for which I want to reduce some noise. I do so using the luminance noise reduction technique from Adobe Camera Raw, open the image in ...
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What do you wish you knew about Lightroom keywords when you started?

Having been a very sporadic user of keywords, and not structuring them in any sort of manner, I am binning my current keywords and starting again. The areas I would like advice in are: Creating ...
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Using a single license, how many computers can you install Lightroom 3 on?

I'm liking the extra editing abilities that Lightroom brings (over picasa), but I'm wondering if I shell out $300 can I use it on as many computers as I like? I know windows generally only allows you ...
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What are the benefits of using Collections in Adobe Lightroom?

I use Lightroom a lot (and love it), but I don't use Collections at all, instead just preferring to keep photos in folders, and then tag/flag/pick within that. People often rave about Collections, ...
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Is it safe from a privacy and security point of view to display identifiable EXIF data on a public web site?

Whenever I compare the exif data displayed by Flickr or the data on Lightroom (3.4), I can't avoid getting my mind blown for the simple fact that I never come to a software tool (for windows) with a ...
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What is the difference between Project, Album and Folder in Aperture 3?

I'm sort of confused between the 3.
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What's the best way to get photos from Lightroom 3 to Flickr?

As someone who publishes a lot of photos on Flickr, I'd like to know the best way to export my photos. I see that Lightroom 3 has a built-in publishing tool... is that the best option or are there ...
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What system should I use for photo management and sharing over a LAN?

I would like to setup a local website to act as a gallery/management-system for our photos and videos. (I can run 2 servers one for videos and one for photos) I currently have about 1.5 TB of ...
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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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Is there software which automatically assists in recolouring black and white photos?

I have some black and white photos from my wedding and I want to add some colour to them. There is this paper from 2005 that allows you to recolour image by just painting stripes. There is a ...
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How can I select only all edited photos from a catalog for export from Lightroom 3?

In Lightroom 3, how do I select only edited photos from a catalog for export, without choosing individually? For example: I import 500 photos from a shoot and I go through and edit 286 photos. Now I ...
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How do I move Picks from a Collection to a Folder in Lightroom 3?

On one of the rare occasions I've used Lightroom Collections, I found myself wanting to transfer the Pick/Reject info from the Collection back to the main Folder the photos are in. Picks are ...
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How to sync camera settings across different bodies?

Is there a way to save the camera settings of one (say 5D Mark III) in a card or a program on computer and quickly sync those across several bodies through USB or SD card so that one doesn't have to ...
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Does anyone have any tips to make Lightroom run faster?

I'm running Lightroom 2.6 on Windows XP and it runs painfully slow. Just navigating from one image to the next takes a few seconds. What can I do to speed it up?
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How do pseudo or fake HDR programs like Photomatix work?

There are a few programs that can produce HDR-like results from only one input image. How do these work?
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What algorithm can I use to simulate bokeh?

I am attempting to write a script that loops through each pixel in a photograph and applies a bokeh to the image as a whole. I built a script based off this link, however that seems to be a hack. I ...
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How can I approximate 'soft focus' digitally?

In a previous question about soft lenses, it was suggested that much of the current practices regarding soft focus involve selectively soft focusing certain parts of the image and mattdm suggests its ...
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How can I turn off Lightroom's backup notice?

I only use Lightroom for photo manipulation — I don't want or need the catalog feature. Nonetheless, Lightroom repeatedly pesters me with messages asking me to back the catalog up. How do I disable ...
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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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What software can I use for 3D lighting simulation?

I've got a shot in mind that's going to require precise lighting (sources & angles). I'd like to do a lighting simulation. I want place objects & light sources in some sort of 3D virtual ...
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Does Lightroom have a healing brush?

Does Lightroom have a healing brush? I'm aware of the spot-healing capability, for some corrections I need a brush to paint the healing. Photoshop has this, but it slows my workflow down to have to ...
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How do I use the Chromatic Aberration correction tools in Lightroom?

When I upgraded from a 1000D to a 550D, my 18-55mm started to show more significant Chromatic Aberration. This is probably due to the 8mpx difference between the two cameras. Due to this, I've ...
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Is there a photoshop plugin or any other piece of software that can do super resolution?

I want to combine multiple photographs of the same landscape to increase the resolution of the final image. More details on the method here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-resolution What ...
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Is there any software which displays geotagging plus compass data visualizations?

I was eyeing Pentax's new GPS hotshoe accessory for geotagging photos and noticed it also includes a digital compass and will record the camera direction as well as latitude & longitude. That got ...
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What program can automatically resize & crop a folder of images to a certain resolution?

I'd like to take a folder of images of various sizes and have them cropped into a 600x600 grid square, cut out from the middle of the image. Is there a program that can automatically resize and crop ...
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Which is best as part of a fast workflow: Picasa, Lightroom, Photoshop or other?

Im looking to expand on my workflow after a shoot. Today my workflow consists of moving images from my SD card to my computer, using Picasa in a very basic d way... (Crop, im feeling lucky and maybe ...
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What software could I use for aligning time lapse stills to remove camera shake?

I've been playing around with some time lapse sequences shot from the roof of our building in New York. It's terribly windy and the resulting sequence exhibits some slight camera shake. I'm seeking ...
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How to fill my time-lapse video with more frames?

I'm making a time-lapse video in a place with very low light conditions. Each photo has an exposure of 20 seconds and my camera take 10 seconds more to process the image. This means, 2 frames per ...
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What tools exist to remove metadata from photos?

Whenever I share my photographs, I also share lots of information that I do not want to pass on: specific camera model that the photo was taken with exposure time focal ratio ... How can I remove ...
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How do I set up a webcam to take one picture each minute for 24 hours (time-lapse)?

I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I don't know of a better place. I need to set up a webcam to take a photo every minute for 24 hours, so that it can be ...
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What software would help me sell prints during an event?

I'm looking for suggestions and advice on event photography software designed to help photographers sell prints on site using viewing kiosks and a main printing computer, hopefully staffed by one ...
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How to migrate from Picasa to Lightroom?

I've been a long time user of Picasa (the Windows desktop application, not Picasa Web Albums), and have roughly 40k photos. The photos are a mix of my own digital snapshots, and scans of my 35mm film ...
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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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Where in my workflow should I sharpen?

All my photography tools have sharpening options. My camera has sharpening (in the picture profile). Not sure that applies to RAW though. In Lightroom I can sharpen twice: in develop and in export ...
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Is there a tool to check the file integrity of a series of images?

Sometimes when you're downloading an image and the connection breaks mid stream, you are left with a half downloaded image. If you try to view it you get the upper part of the image and the bottom ...
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How to publish super-mega/gigapixel panoramas?

Flickr, Picasa Web, SmugMug, Zenfolio are all the wrong places to publish massive things like this. They have awful limits. I haven't been able to find a gigapixel host that is like Flickr/Picasa Web/...
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What keyboard shortcut could I use to step through presets in Lightroom?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to step through presets in Lightroom? I have development presets grouped in folders, for example one of them is B&W. I often find myself stepping through a number of ...
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What software should I use for converting fisheye photos to normal rectilinear photos?

Can you recommand me a software for doing this job? I shoot using Sigma 8mm lens and I would like to be able to obtain a normal image out of that. The camera is canon 550D.
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What options are there for reviewing photographs on an iPad

I am a mediocre photographer, so I take lots of photos and delete most of them. I thought I would be able to load the photos on to the iPad and review and delete them when convenient, but you can't ...
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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 ...