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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 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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How does Bibble compare to Lightroom?

I am an avid Lightroom user, but I recently came across Bibble. I am very glad to find another entry in this market place, and I'm especially thrilled to find an offering that works on linux. (I'm ...
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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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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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How can I migrate my photos from Lightroom 3 to Bibble 5?

I used Lightroom for a while and edited some of my raw photos with it. Since Lightroom is non destructive the changes are not done to the raw images directly. While using Windows and Linux I looked ...
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Is it possible to shoot tethered with a preview on the screen?

I had to shoot self-portraits today, and it didn't go well. I first tried shooting tethered, but it was so hard to get composition & focus right, that I just did it with a mirror. Which of course ...
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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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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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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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How do I set up a webcam to take one picture each minute for 24 hours (time-lapse)?

I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I don't know of a better place. I need to set up a webcam to take a photo every minute for 24 hours, so that it can be ...
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How can different RAW converter programs give different results?

I've read in several places (photo mags, websites, etc.) that there are third party RAW converters around (i.e. not big name programs like PhotoShop, Lightroom, Picasa, PaintShopPro,...). So my ...
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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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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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How to fill my time-lapse video with more frames?

I'm making a time-lapse video in a place with very low light conditions. Each photo has an exposure of 20 seconds and my camera take 10 seconds more to process the image. This means, 2 frames per ...
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Seeking Mac Software Solution for Correcting Barrel Distortion

I have a Nikon D7000 and a 14-24 wide angle lens which I love, but it does result, often, in a great deal of barrel distortion. I'm seeking a software solution; ideally an Aperture plug-in, to ...
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Is this article correct about gamma error in picture scaling in common software?

That is kind of a "please proof-read an articles conclusion"-question. Some time ago I found this page: Gamma error in picture scaling. I grasp the point, that the luminosity-curve is not linear and ...
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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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How to create a Film Emulsion Border using Photoshop CS?

The latest version of Adobe Photoshop Express for the iPhone allows you to add a border called Film Emulsion to your photos. It seems like this should be something that can be easily done in the full ...
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What software could I use for aligning time lapse stills to remove camera shake?

I've been playing around with some time lapse sequences shot from the roof of our building in New York. It's terribly windy and the resulting sequence exhibits some slight camera shake. I'm seeking ...
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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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What software can show my most frequently used focal length?

Many people recommend a focal length of 35mm, 50mm, and sometimes even 85mm and upwards for those interested in purchasing a prime lens. I, however, would like to figure out what focal length(s) I use ...
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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 ...
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What software would help me make an image square (rather than off-kilter)?

I need a program that will square an out-of-square photo. For some images, I can just rotate, but even then getting the scene precisely level can be tedious. It'd be nice to do it automatically. For ...
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How do I get started with RAW photography?

Having read about the benefits of shooting in RAW as opposed to JPEG (for example this question), I'd like to have a go with it myself. However, I'm not really sure how to go about it. I can turn RAW ...
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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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What photograph-manipulation application matches my specific feature wishlist?

Thanks to the new digital photography era, my computer is flooded with tons of photographs (like most photographers). I'm looking at a software having the following characteristics ( one software ) ...
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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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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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Which is best as part of a fast workflow: Picasa, Lightroom, Photoshop or other?

Im looking to expand on my workflow after a shoot. Today my workflow consists of moving images from my SD card to my computer, using Picasa in a very basic d way... (Crop, im feeling lucky and maybe ...
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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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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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Is there good free software for editing Canon RAW files?

I've lost the install disks that came with my 500D and I was wondering if there was any better software for editing Canon RAW files. I Had a quick skim of the Canon website and couldn't find anything. ...
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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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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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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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Can anyone recommend a good open-source photo management platforms for power users?

Short version of the question: Does anyone know of any good open-source photo management/editing suites, a la Aperture or Lightroom? I'd want it to run on MacOS X, by the way, though options that ...
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How can I test a memory card for performance and bad sectors?

I have just purchased a new CF card for my DSLR. I tested it using Xbench (Mac OS X) and it performs as expected. However, I'd like to do a "surface scan" (moving platter term) to check for "bad ...
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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 Picasa or iPhoto better for publishing hierarchical sets to Flickr?

I used to use iMatch, then I moved to my own database for various reasons, but I've never had the time to get the GUI front-end working well.... now that I have my Mac, I figured I'd try out iPhoto (I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...