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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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How can I import multiple cards into Lightroom simultaneously?

Photographers with more than one camera body, or who use several cards in a session, would benefit greatly from being able to import from more than one card into Lightroom without having to start ...
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Recommendations for Photo Editing/Organization Software?

I have a MacBook Pro, while my wife has a PC. We have a NAS device on our network where we store all of our pictures. This gives us the ability to both view our photos from one simple location, ...
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How to prevent these automatic changes to images that are imported into Lightroom?

When I open images in Lightroom for the first time, during the loading process I see images that look "great", but after a while Lightroom applies some automatic processing to these images that ...
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What software tool can I use to convert a photo to line drawing?

What's the best way to do this, using free software? I want to convert photos to line-drawings, maybe cartoons ...
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Is there a way to sort Lightroom images by 'edit' status?

Usually my workflow involves 'picking/flagging' photos to edit and leaving the rest alone (RAW files that is). However, sometimes I jump right in and start editing before rating/picking. In that ...
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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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Automated way to slice a panoramic photo to print as several normal photos for stitching

Is there any software which allows to automatically slice a panoramic photo so that it can be printed as several normal dimension photographs to stitch after printing? Say I have a 9x2 image which ...
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What's a good web system for sharing photos amongst co-workers?

I work for a company where we quite often are doing internal events, seminars, and party's. This offen ends up with quite a lot of pictures, from both the company dSLR but also coworkers that bring ...
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Is there photo analysis software which will pre-sort images by identifying potential technical problems?

I recently went on vacation and took close to 1,000 photographs. As usual there are some good ones, bad ones, blurry ones, etc. In order to expedite post-processing, I was wondering if there is any ...
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Digital Photography Plugin List

Lets find out what plugins the community is using to enhance their photo's and why that plugin matters to them. It would be great to get a list of the most readily used plugins so please comment by ...
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How can I find out which camera mode I used for a photo?

I have a Canon 450D, when I want more information on what setting I used to take a photo, I can hit the display button and see that I took that particular picture in Auto Mode or TV Mode etc. Once I ...
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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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Is there a 3D lighting diagram tool?

I have tried a few tools for creating lighting diagrams. There is a good list on this question. While these tools are pretty good, they only provide a "top view" of the scene, so vertical distances ...
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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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How can I resize Raw images and store them back in the original format?

I have some raw images captured using Canon,Nikon,Minolta cameras.(*.CR2, *.NEF, *.MRW) I want to change resize them and store them back as the original format. I checked in two tools, Canon ...
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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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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 makes a good sample image?

I am writing some software where the user applies filters to images. For example, this sample image: Would be displayed like below to demonstrate a crop: Or a white point adjust: What ...
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Which noise reduction software has the best results?

Have you tried different software, compared the results and reached a conclusion? I only used Nikon's DFine and Lightroom's noise reduction tool and found the results very similar. Lightroom's has ...
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Why does my Adobe Lightroom temporarily pixelate photos after every change?

I'm using Adobe Lightroom 3.0. I go to develop mode and everything is fine (the photo is sharp). After I do any change (saturation, fill light, sharpness... whatever) the photo automatically gets ...
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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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What does the under/overexposure warning mean in image editing software?

We all know exposure warnings that a digital camera offers: If shows which parts are so bright or dark that there's no more distinction towards even brighter or darker areas possible. Meaning that ...
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Is there free software which can correct smudges etc caused by dust inside the camera?

My cheap point-and-shoot digital camera (BenQ DC C1035) has served me well for a year and a half but recently seems to have let some dust inside which results in smudges or blobs on every shot. Since ...
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How do I avoid white color in the sky near my subject with HDR photos?

I have created a HDR image from a single raw file. The way I have created it was Open the RAW file in Photoshop camera raw. Do some adjustments like enhancing the color, cropping etc. Exporting the ...
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Is there software for detecting noisy areas in a photograph?

I have been told that this photograph contains noise and is muddy. It is difficult for me to identify noise in a photograph until it is in extremes. Are there any softwares available which detect the ...
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How can I syncronize simultaneous shots taken with two cameras?

How can I capture two simultaneous shots using two cameras and two cameramen? For example I want to capture one person throwing a frisbee while the other person is chasing it down. I'm not trying to ...
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How to mass convert RAW images into JPEG in Lightroom 3?

I have 1000 raw photos that I would like to convert all to jpg. Is there a way I can do this all at once or can I only do it one by one?
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Will software make a bigger difference in the quality of my work than more hardware?

The photography budget genie took a **** on my driveway so now I have some money to spend on gear. The only thing that is stopping me is that I am wondering whether it would be more worthwhile to ...
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Is it possible to replace background of photo, preserving shadows and emitted light?

I want to take a series of photos of table lamps (some on, some off) and later superimpose them on a picture of a different table (taken at the same distance and angle). What I want to know is how ...
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How can I export reduced resolution RAW files from Lightroom?

I read that in Lightroom 4 is possible to export reduced resolution raw files. Does anybody know how to do it?
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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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What's a good application for file and folder for organizing large amounts of images on Linux?

I have a collection of around 35.000 JPG's and 5.000 NEF files. Previously I imported and "organized" this bulk load of pictures using RoboImport. It quite fitted my workflow as I could give it almost ...
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How do I export JPEGs from Lightroom without the grey/black box around each picture?

How do I export JPEGs from Lightroom without the grey/black box around each picture? This is really frustrating me. I know there has to be a way to do this.
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How do hierarchical keywords in Lightroom actually work?

I thought I understood how this worked, but I've just proven myself wrong. Imagine the following keyword hierarchy fragment: - Locations - Europe - scotland - inner hebrides - ...
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Why doesn't my Lightroom smart photoset have any pictures in it?

I've created a "Smart Photoset" in Lightroom to publish photos to Flickr, configured to match all of the following rules: Collection contains "Nepal" Pick Flag is flagged I assumed, possibly ...
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recommendations for photo montage/collage software

Free is good, good quality results are better. I'd like to automatically create collages from a set of photos that were collated by hand. I'm interested in what the software can do rather than ...
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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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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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Why is Camera RAW changing my original raw file?

I opened a RAW image in Adobe Camera Raw, did some cropping and colour adjustments, and then opened it in Photoshop to work on it further. When i returned to Bridge, I realised that the original RAW ...
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Defish GoPro images consistently

I am looking into using a GoPro camera for sail curvature measurements. For this the distorted fish-eye image needs to be transformed into a rectilinear image consistently. I know solutions exist ...
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How can I get white balance support for Canon EOS 1100D in UFRaw?

I have a Canon EOS 1100D and I'd like to edit my raw pictures using Gimp. I've installed Ufraw but it says that there are is no white balance presets for my camera model. How can I make it work and ...
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What smartphone model release app do pros use?

I am looking for an app that will help me with model releases. I have come across Easy Release which looks like a great product yet what are the pros using when it comes to shooting the photo and ...
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Damaged RAW (NEF)-files: ideas?

I damaged some of my NEF-files by using a script using ExifTool on subdirectories: I copied the exif-information from the original JPG to created JPG, using "-tagsFromFile ...
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How can I find the matrix that GIMP used?

I used a perspective transformation on an image in GIMP, but not before I forgot to record the transformation matrix it used. (I need to apply the same transformation to a bunch of other images.) I ...
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Mass reverse geocoding in Lightroom or an external tool

I have nearly 3000 images in my Lightroom library that have GPS data but no textual location info. How can I mass reverse geocode all these pictures?
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Gather Date taken of photos and make a timeline plot

I wanted to see my trend of digital phototaking over the years. My hypothesis being that there is an upswing each time I acquire a new device (camera, phone ...etc.) and a boost with the advent of ...
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Looking for camera control software (for Nikon DSLR) to shoot time lapse

What software is available that will let me control a camera from a computer, so I can shoot a lime lapse sequence? The camera is a Nikon D60. I am looking for freely available software. I am aware ...
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How do I geotag photos in Apple Aperture?

I have a series of photos I took and a GPS log of my whereabouts for the corresponding time. I would like to geotag the photos with the GPS tracks, matched by timestamp. Using Aperture 3, I can go to ...
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Which raw processors interpret distortion/CA correction from Micro Four Thirds cameras?

I've been thinking about Micro Four Thirds, which in many cases encodes distortion and chromatic aberration correction into the raw files. But, the raw processor I currently use (Bibble) ignores this ...
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Emulating film color profiles (for use in Aperture 3)

Is there a way or place to get the color profile curves from film types and recreate them in Aperture 3 so that I can get a characteristic look from something that was shot with kodachrome. I know ...