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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 the format for the distortion and chromatic aberration correction of µ4/3 lenses documented?

Olympus micro 4/3 cameras apply distortion correction on their in-camera JPEGs when used with a micro 4/3 lens. Panasonic cameras correct both distortion and chromatic aberration with their lenses. ...
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Archiving digital photos while keeping thumbnails on the original computer

I'm running out of space on my laptop hard drive and will have to move some of my photos to a portable hard disk or burn them to DVD. Is there a way to keep thumbnails of the photos that I've archived ...
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Is there a way to synchronise JPEG metadata into RAW files in Lightroom?

I've shot RAW + JPEG for most of my photos, and have added quite a lot of metadata to the JPEGs using Windows Live Photo Gallery. I've mainly added keywords and people tags (thanks to the new face ...
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What do you call that stop-frame ghost technology?

When doing stop-frame animation with a video camera, some software has the ability to overlay the photo you're about to take with a semi-transparent ghost of the previous photo, allowing you to line ...
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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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Microsoft Paint renders pictures sharper than others

I use Picasa 3 to view my pictures, but today I just happened to open a picture in Microsoft Paint. MUCH sharper at ALL picture sizes (Zoom in and out). So I compared a few pictures in Paint to ...
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Best opensource/ free stacking software for mac for astrophotography

I am using snow leopard and mainly want it to automate the stacking as much as possible. I have seen that PixInSight looks pretty awesome, but that's not free, in-fact far from it, so I want something ...
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What program could I use to create a map-based slideshow?

For travel photography I am a fan of slideshows where you actually see where the picture was taken on a map and zoom to the next location. I just found out that almighty Apple already did this in ...
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Does Gimp have a Match Color function similar to that in Adobe Photoshop?

In a recent question, Steve Ross points out that Adobe Photoshop has a useful feature for matching color between photographs. Of course, color adjustment can be accomplished in Gimp with careful use ...
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Is there any software available on Mac OS X that can remotely control my Canon G10?

I'd like software to remotely (via USB tether) control my G10 from my MacBook running OS X 10.6. This software seems to do exactly what I want, but for Windows: ...
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Is it worth upgrading to more expensive software for B&W processing?

I would like to explore further in the world of black and white photography, and I would like advice on if it is worthwhile to invest in post-processing programs such as PS Lightroom or Silver Efex ...
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Updating pictures on Flickr with Lightroom which were originally not added with Lightroom

A while back, before I purchased LR3, I uploaded a few hundred photos to Flickr. Since, I received comments and fave's on several of them. However, I want to update them. Many need a little cropping ...
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Getting started with photo editing suites

I saw Adobe Lightroom on my friend's computer and it seems awfully complex to me. Basically he was adjusting color palette of the photo by changing some curves and moving sliders. I noticed that many ...
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Is there a tool that provides hotkeys for crop ratios when editing raw files?

I crop a huge portion of my photos to an aspect ratio that's different from the original source. I'm looking for a tool that let me do that quickly via hotkeys. For example, I'd like to be able to ...
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CHDK - Network scripting?

I was thinking about having my Camera be able to 'auto' download images, and among other things when my Camera is connected to the Computer. I also wanted to be able to run different Scripts through a ...
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Is there an Aperture equivalent for Windows, or do I need to use both Picasa and Lightroom?

As much as I'd like to work with Aperture, my main machine runs Windows (I only have a Macbook, no desktop Mac). For now, I have been using jointly Picasa and Lightroom for my photo management and ...
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What type of software is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom?

I have heard or thought of many terms for what Lightroom is such as image management, digital asset management, photo editing software, and the list goes on and on. Does this package or type of ...
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How can I visualize or simulate the effect of different focal lengths?

I have seen many camera review sites illustrate the effect of using different focal lengths on the same photograph using frames. There are also similar illustrations to compare different sensors (full ...
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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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What software lets me quickly browse and zoom images on a Mac?

I am looking for an image viewer for mac with the following characteristics: Lightweight - loads fast Full screen mode Magnifier Can load a directory for browsing Any suggestions? (iPhoto 11 has ...
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Why pick DPP over Aperture?

My standard workflow is: take pictures in RAW -> import into Aperture -> append metadata info -> go through shots and filter out the bad ones -> do basic adjustments in Aperture -> use Nik plugins or ...
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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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What free software exists for geotagging photos?

I do a lot of hikes and bike tours. On these tours I use a GPS device to track the route. I also use my compact camera to take some pictures. Now I want to use geotagging software to enhance the ...
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What Windows software can I use to make a large photo collage?

I want to print a collage for my first photo-a-day project. I have 365 photos to place together, so it's going to need to be at least A1 size (594mm x 841mm). Neither Photoshop CS3 nor Illustrator ...
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How do I copy smart objects from one opened file to another

Lets say I have two opened images I am working on in Photo Shop. I want to copy an entire layer or a smart object from one opened image to the other opened image. How do i do it?
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What's a good batch-mode EXIF data editor?

I'm currently scanning a lot of old slides. The scanner I use has this annoying habit of adding "My beautiul picture" in a description field in the EXIF format. I'd like to use an EXIF editor to get ...
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Is it me or is the Lightroom's zoomed out preview inaccurate in displaying noise and color?

I'm having some trouble with the Lightroom viewer (In develop mode) when zoomed out. Look at this picture: See how the sky seems to have a lot of chroma noise Now check the zoomed in version (Of ...
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Is the version of Aperture on the Apple Mac App Store identical to boxed version?

I noticed that the Mac App Store offers Aperture at a significantly reduced price - £44.95 or $79.99 (depending on region). Does anyone know if there are any differences between this online version ...
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Can I use an EyeFi card to get an immediate display of my shots on my computer screen?

In the past, I've enjoyed practicing studio photography with an immediate display of the just captured image on a computer monitor. I've done this using Canon's capture software for my 20D. Well, I ...
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Using a Canon 350D as a webcam?

I would like to create a program that take pictures programmatically. The ideal setup would be to be able to see on a computer screen how the photograph would be before to take it. Therefore I need to ...
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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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Are there any cameras which require a PIN before deleting photos?

This would protect you from mischievous kids (or malicious brats, as the case may be).
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Are there any tools out there to automatically level an image?

I am wondering if there are any tools (standalone, Lightroom/Photoshop plugins, or other) that can take a photo, look for lines that are almost vertical or horizontal (eg horizons, telephone poles, ...
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Is there anything to watch out for when upgrading Lightroom 3 to 4?

If I decided to take the plunge and upgrade from LR3 to LR4, does LR4 manage the migration of my catalogs for me automatically, when opening it for first time? Are there any things that break or that ...
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How does Photoshop CS6's deblur feature work?

This video shows a sneak peek of a new Photoshop feature for Creative Suite 6, called 'deblur', which is able to take a blurry image and make it sharper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxjiQoTp864 ...
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What photography workflow software can be kept on a central server?

At my company we do a lot of photo shoots for our products, at the moment we just organize the photo per photo shoot but with this system its hard to recover a photo of a product, you have to go over ...
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What are the better HDR software apps for the mac?

I am thinking about doing some more HDR photos and thinking about the software side. I have CS5 but have never been happy about the speed or the quality of the final images. I have heard about ...
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How do I tile pictures in a grid?

This is a very basic question I know. But how do I tile pictures in a grid? Like, I have 6 pictures all with the exact same dimensions, and I want to tile them in a 2 row, 3 column grid. I have been ...
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How do I effectively split an outdoor image across an uneven horizon in Gimp?

I'm looking to take an image looking out at a storm in the distance that has a fairly uneven horizon due to trees and a foreground fence post and only increase the contrast and decrease the brightness ...
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What's a free alternative to SlideShowPro?

I'm looking for a free alternative to SlideShowPro for a client, preferable open source and a solution that doesn't use Flash, but rather use JavaScript with deploy similar techniques as on Flickr for ...
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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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Is there any combination of camera, GPS and software which support the GPSDestXYZ exif tags?

As Patrick Kowalzick pointed out in a previous discussion, the EXIF standards since 1998 have included tags to document the destination point of a photograph. Tags include GPSDestLatitude, ...
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What are the free HDR programs available for download?

Currently, I am using Photoshop Elements 9 and there are no HDR features in it (other than the Photomerge Exposure tool which can combine two pics - mini HDR function). Photoshop CS5 is way too ...
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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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Resource for guidance on achieving specific styles and 'looks' independent of software

Lately I've found that I can usually capture the image the way I envision it as far as exposure and composition but I begin to flail around in getting it from RAW file or negative/transparency to ...
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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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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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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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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 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?