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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 in Photoshop to apply a mask to a single Smart Filter?

I like using Smart Filters because they let me adjust things later, and because I get a mask to control where the filters are applied. The problem is that this mask applies to all the smart filters ...
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How can I make convex lens style images?

I am interested in taking an image which has an appearance like a convex lens. The image has a distinct feature: a noticeable bulge in the center and tapering at the edges. Here is a link to a ...
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How do I use the Chromatic Aberration correction tools in Lightroom?

When I upgraded from a 1000D to a 550D, my 18-55mm started to show more significant Chromatic Aberration. This is probably due to the 8mpx difference between the two cameras. Due to this, I've ...
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Are Gimp's “color space” blend modes the same as those in Photoshop?

The Wikipedia article on Blend Modes describes three of them in particular like this: Photoshop’s hue, saturation, color, and luminosity blend modes are based on a color space with dimensions that ...
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Can I open and edit a specific layer in Camera Raw?

While editing this picture, which was shot in JPEG, at one point some noise got added to the sky after I increased the saturation. I knew that the luminance noise reduction in ACR would take care of ...
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Can I straighten and crop without RAW image and without Photoshop?

I didn't take my pictures in RAW mode and have a tilted horizon. Don't have Photoshop, only whatever tools came with my Canon 450D, which seem to only work with RAW mode pictures. How do I do this? ...
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Is Lightroom-style hierarchical tagging available in any other applications?

I read this article on tagging and am in love with the idea of tiered tags as an efficient way to apply multiple, related tags. Being a cheapskate and photography amateur at best am looking for the ...
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Does Gimp have a Match Color function similar to that in Adobe Photoshop?

In a recent question, Steve Ross points out that Adobe Photoshop has a useful feature for matching color between photographs. Of course, color adjustment can be accomplished in Gimp with careful use ...
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How can I approximate 'soft focus' digitally?

In a previous question about soft lenses, it was suggested that much of the current practices regarding soft focus involve selectively soft focusing certain parts of the image and mattdm suggests its ...
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What is the function of the tint slider in Lightroom?

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (c) there's a Temp slider which controls the color temperature of the photo. To the left it creates a blue, cold looking image. To the right, an orange, warm image. This ...
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Is there software which can identify the lighting in an existing photo?

Is there an application that will take a selected region of a photo, and return its estimate of the lighting parameters required to emulate the lighting conditions in the selected region of the photo? ...
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Canon EOS utility doesn't work on a low-resolution netbook — any alternatives?

I want my Canon 60D to display a live video feed in my netbook, so that I can use it as an external display to have a bigger video preview. Unfortunately, Canon EOS Utility doesn't want to install, ...
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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 solutions are available for a self-hosted portfolio website?

I am trying to find a simple yet solid solution for a self-hosted photo site. I have been through a bunch but have found them outdated code-wise (Gallery2), technology-wise (Flash based) or just plain ...
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Is it me or is the Lightroom's zoomed out preview inaccurate in displaying noise and color?

I'm having some trouble with the Lightroom viewer (In develop mode) when zoomed out. Look at this picture: See how the sky seems to have a lot of chroma noise Now check the zoomed in version (Of ...
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What limitations does Lightroom have for portraiture? Why might I need/want additional software?

I do have Lightroom 3. I do not have any Photoshop products. I do shoot in RAW. I do plan to shoot portraits professionally (studio & outdoors).
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Suggestions for shared cross-platform photo management?

I have a Mac, my wife has a Win7 machine. Currently I take all of our photos and put them into iPhoto. There's about 35K images in there now. The problem is that they are all accessible only from my ...
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Is there any software available on Mac OS X that can remotely control my Canon G10?

I'd like software to remotely (via USB tether) control my G10 from my MacBook running OS X 10.6. This software seems to do exactly what I want, but for Windows: ...
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How do I effectively split an outdoor image across an uneven horizon in Gimp?

I'm looking to take an image looking out at a storm in the distance that has a fairly uneven horizon due to trees and a foreground fence post and only increase the contrast and decrease the brightness ...
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Is there any combination of camera, GPS and software which support the GPSDestXYZ exif tags?

As Patrick Kowalzick pointed out in a previous discussion, the EXIF standards since 1998 have included tags to document the destination point of a photograph. Tags include GPSDestLatitude, ...
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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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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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What plugin for Photoshop can I use to remove camera-shake blur?

What is the best anti blur plug-in for Photoshop image editor and how effective can it be without compromising with the image quality or increasing sharpness/noise? I am especially interested in ...
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How do I get rid of duplicate projects in Apple Aperture 3?

I've done a lot of searching but haven't been able to find the answer to a problem I'm having. I have several projects in Aperture 3. I just noticed that three of those projects now have duplicates. ...
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Is it worth upgrading to more expensive software for B&W processing?

I would like to explore further in the world of black and white photography, and I would like advice on if it is worthwhile to invest in post-processing programs such as PS Lightroom or Silver Efex ...
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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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What workflow or tools can be used for tagging of a large number of running race photos?

Let's say you attend a marathon where participants wear bibs with their race number. You take hundreds or (cough) thousands of pictures and would like to upload them to share them (for free) with ...
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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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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 ...