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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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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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Tool for organising my photos? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What software is focused on reviewing and organizing images? Each year I do a long trip in my holidays and take loads of pictures. And each year I have the same problem ...
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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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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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Color correction by a reference image, or How to compare images and generate color lookup table?

I have two images A and B, of the same object. A has distorted color, but the color of B is better. I want to correct the color of A with the help of information contained in B. How do I do this? I ...
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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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What tool produces better quality jpeg: Lightroom or Imagemagick?

I'm using Lightroom for photo workflow. At the end of it, I would like to have the best JPEG I can get, basically two options to choose from: - export from Lightroom to JPEG, using the 100% Lightroom ...
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Do I lose anything converting to DNG?

I'd like to convert all my ARW (Sony) files to DNG for several reasons, but the only thing keeping me back from doing it is the fear of losing useful metadata during the conversion. I know that the ...
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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 can make collages which look like multiple Polaroids on a wall?

Does a specific software exists which could simplify the process of making collective images such as these? ... preferably with some options (like "pins", some visual effects on the "polaroids" ...
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How should one best manage large collections of photographs?

With gigabytes of pictures accumulating over time, I'm wondering what systems (software, strategies, etc.) people are using to keep track of their collections? Let's say you remember a picture and you ...
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Are there software (preferable freeware) that can judge the quality of a photo (jpeg / raw format)?

I was wondering if there are any freeware that is able to judge the quality of a photo (can be a jpeg or raw format) and give a score to it? I kind of sick of comparing photo taken by different ...
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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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What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers?

What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers (a desktop and a laptop)? I'd like to be able to edit photos on either machine, and preferably not copy the whole ...
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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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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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Simple app for viewing JPG and then deleting JPG+RAW files simultaneously?

Does anyone know of a simple photo viewer that will let you quickly flip through a bunch of photos, and delete the ones you don't want, that will also (optionally) delete an associated RAW and/or ...
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In photoshop 7, how do I change the font layer background color without rasterizing the layer? [closed]

In photoshop 7, how do I change the font layer background color without rasterizing the layer?
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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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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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Is there reference code for implementing light field photography?

Many of us here at photo SE have read about light field photography and related cameras from Lytro and Raytrix. A few of the advantages it allows are post-capture software focus, scene perspective ...
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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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What's a good iPhone application to view large images (5000px+)?

I want to view large images that I transfer to my iPhone from my computer. Obviously I cannot view them completely at a 1:1 ratio, but rather I want to be able to zoom in to the 1:1 ratio. The only ...
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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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Which free editing program has an preset 'Relief' adjustment?

Before my XP went walk-about (and the hard drive went with it) I was using a free editing program that allowed a "one-touch" (well, actually it was three clicks — but who's counting...) adjustment to ...
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What free/cheap software would help me wade through 3,000 photos?

I recently went on a 2 week holiday and I took about 3,000 photos (I'm a sucker for taking photos in bursts of 3 or so to catch motion) I'm looking for some software that will let me sift through ...
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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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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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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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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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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 simple slideshow software would show JPEG images in a folder with alpha blending transition?

Who can recommend me a simple slideshow software that simply shows JPG images in a folder and allows alpha-blending between the slides? I really don't need more than that. The standard Windows 7 ...
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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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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 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 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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How to transfer Olympus Master albums to a new PC?

I am migrating everything to a new Windows 7 laptop, including about 5Gb of photos. All of the photos belong to albums on the old laptop. I transferred the photos to folders with the same names on the ...
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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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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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What noise removal tools work best, and why?

Can anyone recommend some good noise removal tools, free and commercial? Should support RAW and JPEG. Are certain tools better than others in particular situations? Do some integrate better with other ...
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How to create two layers in “Gimp” and merge them back into one?

How do you create two layers in "Gimp" and merge them? For example, I would like to load an image, create two identical layers, edit each layer in different ways, then merge them into one final ...
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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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What are the differences between Picasa and Lightroom, other than price?

I've heard about Adobe Lightroom before, but never really understood what's so great about it, or why you'd pay for it when you can get Picasa for free. I know Lightroom probably has more ...
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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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Can Lightroom 4 user export presets automatically increment sequence number across different exports?

I would like to be able to set up a preset that will export a file to a given directory with a specific name, and append a sequence number that increments on each export, so for example the first ...