Spring 2012

Spring 2012
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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 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 can I best photograph a logo on a floor tile for reconstruction of the original image?

The original drawing of the local school logo is lost forever and I need to get one for a website. All that now exists is one on a floor tile (low-res version attached) taken with a Panasonic DMC-FX07....
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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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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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Will software make a bigger difference in the quality of my work than more hardware?

I have money to spend on some gear. My current kit works well but a flash or new lens is always useful. On the other hand, I am constrained to terrible editing tools like Gimp and Darktable. They ...
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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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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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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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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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Where are 'People Tags' stored when edited with Windows Live Photo Gallery?

I know that WLPG embeds regular tags into the image files themselves, but does anyone know if "people tags" are stored in the photo as well? If so, can you provide a link to some kind of ...
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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 create a collage of over 2000 photos?

I'm struggling with how to make a collage of photos, I've googled all potential terms I think but the only thing I could find was online collage makers. Problem is, I have 2300 photos and they need to ...
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What's the easiest way to access pure raw data (without demosaicing)?

What is the simplest way to access the data in a raw file before demosaicing and write it to a more widely supported file format (e.g. 16 bit TIFF)? I'm looking to obtain a single channel image where ...
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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 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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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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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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How to Calibrate a Monitor Without Hardware

The question: What is the best way to calibrate my monitor without hardware add-ons (and preferably free)? Some More Info: From what I have read what seems like the best way to calibrate my ...
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Is there a desktop application for easy photo effects, like Camera+ for the iPhone?

I'm searching a desktop equivalent of the Camera+ iPhone app. The app Camera+ has predefined effects which can be added to images. Basically, all I want is a desktop application which is able to ...
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recommendations for photo montage/collage software [closed]

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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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 -overwrite_original_in_place"...
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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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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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Is there a Lightroom feature for ranking images collaboratively?

Say a photographer takes a bunch of photos and needs his teammates, who are geographically separated, to rank them so that the best of the best photos can be selected for post production. If it were ...
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Do I use black and white film or color film?

When using film and then scanning the film to obtain a digital version, will I get better results from capturing photos with black and white film, or using color film and then using photo editing ...
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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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How do I deal with these errors when using the Hugin command line tools?

I am trying to stitch images through command line of Hugin as outlined here: http://wiki.panotools.org/Panorama_scripting_in_a_nutshell#Simple_command-line_stitching I did the first step to create ...
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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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Tablet Apps for Simple Processing of RAW files

What tablet Apps would you recommend for simple RAW processiong on a tablet? Currently using Samsung Tab 2, 7 inch tablet. My main concern is just open the RAW file and do some Cropping and upload ...
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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 ...
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What are the advantages of online photo editors like picnik.com?

Why do you use online photo editors like picnik.com instead of desktop software? Note: Google have recently announced that as of April 19, 2012, picnik will be discontinued.
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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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How can I force Lightroom to export metadata for all photos?

I created a temporary catalog for several shoots, but forgot to enable the (IMHO most important and should be enabled by default *shakefist*) check-box in Catalog Settings: Automatically Write Changes ...
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How do I move Apple Aperture-specific metadata to Adobe Lightroom?

When I drag a folder into Apple Aperture the name of the folder becomes the name of a project that those photos are put in. Specifically, the metadata item is "Project path". This information is ...
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How to look at midtones, shadows and highlights separately?

Is there some hotkey or other quick method in popular editors for showing, separately, which pixels are highlights, which are shadows, which are midtones? I know only of a function to select midtones ...
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How can I automatically create an image “key” with group photo silhouettes tagged with people's names?

From a group photo, I would like to create an image that identify each person with their names. My first idea was to create a silhouette image from the original one, put a number over each face, and ...
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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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Is it possible to export labels/ratings from ViewNX2?

I have downloaded the same set of NEF images onto two different machines (using TransferNX). On one machine, I have gone through the images in ViewNX2 and rated/number labelled the images. Is it ...
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Manipulating images at different spatial scales

Is there software which will allow manipulating an image at different spatial scales? For example, change the contrast or brightness of features smaller than 50 px but larger than 10 px. I have ...
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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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Can I use the Huey Pro with correction disabled?

As far as I know the Pantone Huey Pro works like this: First it tries to get the most out of the monitor by manipulating the color lookup table of the graphics adapter ("correction") and then it ...
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Best airbrushing plugin?

What is the best airbrushing plugin besides Kodak Digital GEM Airbrush Pro and Portraiture? I the kodak plugin to cleanup skin and textures, but they're apparently not going to upgrade for CS5/Mac/...
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In Lightroom, can I make sidebars horizontal (for use on a monitor in portrait orientation)?

I am using my monitor and Lightroom in portrait mode, but the sidebars in the develop module (with histogram, loupe and editing options) squeeze pictures to be unnecessarily small. Is it possible to ...
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Brand of DSLR with a well-designed software UI?

I'm researching DSLRs for an upcoming purchase, and my budget will be around $1k for a camera body and kit lens. One area where it's difficult to find information: How do I learn more about the OS's ...