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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 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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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What are the most important EXIF data to display in photo-presentation software?

First of all, let me tell you one thing. I'm not a photographer and know nothing about photography. I'm a programmer making a software program for photographers, and I would like to know what are the ...
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What tools do you recommend for creating HDR images?

Ideally the tool should be easy to use able to work with images taken without a tripod (i.e. allow to align the images) free
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Which noise reduction software has the best results? [duplicate]

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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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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Can anyone recommend *freeware* to reduce motion blur by deconvolution?

Can anyone please recommend free (preferably also portable i.e. no need to install) software for Windows XP or later to improve image quality of large (12 megapixel) terrestrial (not astronomical) ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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How do I connect my Nikon D5100 to a Mac with the Picture Control utility?

When I want to work with "picture control utility", I conect the camera by USB to Mac and select Control Utility, select import pictures, then appear a message telling "use a memory card reader or ...
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Is there non-online software for creating professional photo books?

I'm interested in Windows and Mac software or a plugin (for Lightroom, Aperture, InDesign, whatever) for creating professional photo books that I can then export as JPEGs (or any other format that is ...
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Organizing and moving photos from one device to another [Lightroom 4 and Apple devices]

I am using Time Capsule to store my photos. The catalogs folder is on my laptop because LR4 cannot store catalogs on remote drives. Suppose I transfer the photos to another drive, or I change laptop, ...
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Resizing/pixel-binning workflow?

I'm thinking of going from DX to FX (crop to full frame) this summer. I'm a Nikon user so the options are D800, a used D700 or the unreleased D600 which is rumored to be 24MP. If I don't go with the ...
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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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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 ...